My pink summer gown and petticoat are nearly complete. Here are some pictures and critique of my process...
|The gown: I didn't have any pale pink ribbon handy so I used cotton tape for the polonaise.|
|Side view: unfortunately Prudence (my dress form) and I are not the same size so the gown doesn't have the right shape here.|
|Front view with the new petticoat, which needs a ruffle.|
|The back - the fabric doesn't lay perfectly flat in spots. Next time I have to sit at a table and can't pleat / sew while watching The Tudors on the couch. Also the pleats should have a little more fabric on the fold to create more of a flap. |
The blue arrows show where I should have tucked more fabric under the pleats which would create more fullness at the skirt. As you can see, it kind of goes flat.
|The sleeve is top stitched to the shoulder strap. |
|A peek at the inside...the lining fabric isn't historically accurate. I used some remnant fabric (a linen blend) that was leftover from a lightweight under petticoat. |
Other lining errors: 1) I cut the shoulder strap lining too short and had to piece it together which you can see where the bodice meets the shoulder strap and 2) I cut the bodice lining a little too short and need another lining piece to finish the raw edges at the top.
Which shoes work best with the pink fabric?
|Or the black?|
I'm concerned that the pink / black combo is not an 18th century color combination but rather reminiscent of Sex and the City
. Yet I'm not sure that the red / pink work together either.
I'm also on the fence about trim. I intend for this gown to be late 1780s. It seems incomplete and I'm wondering it would work better if it was trimmed with a box pleat around the neckline and sleeves, and possibly a cuff.
I vote Red!ReplyDelete
I like the red too. Don't know about accuracy, but it looks cute!ReplyDelete
I vote red, too. And I love the idea of the pinked box-pleated trim. And maybe a belt with a rhinestone buckle, since you're going for 1780s?ReplyDelete