Okay, this is sorta my next project, once I'm done with making the casaque and Heimlich. It's not my fault at all, my Mom and I just bumped into and antique cradle very similar to this one years ago, before I even got pregnant. When Heimlich got on the way, we went back to the antique shop, the cradle was still there, heavily reduced. My Dad deemed it sound enough to be fixed up, and proceeded to buy it and redo the broken parts. In a few weeks we should get the finished product.
With two elements of the painting almost at hand (baby + cradle), I just *need* a matching dress, right ? Right. Since the cradle color isn't matching the pictured one (it's a dark stained wood, not white), I don't feel compelled to go hunting for striped gray fabric - although I'd buy a good stock of it if I ever found it. I have some dark raspberry red in my stash that I bought over five years ago in the intent of making a bustle dress, I think its time has come.
For my personal reference, there's a pretty bodice with a similar neckline and an asymetrical collar/scarf drapery I quite like on page 66 of the 1872 Mode Illustrée book, and a half-crinoline/bustle on page 80. 1872 being the year the painting was made. And like I need to find some reason to collect Mode Illustrée books. *broad, evil grin*