Like a fool I set to draping, and discovered that despite the pattern pieces being very simple, the whole pleaty-pulling in-drapey-foldy thing made my brain hurt and it took me literally hours to get the pattern working, even with the aid of Janet Arnold.
Once I was happy with the drape, I traced the pattern onto paper, made my adjustments, and cut out a toile. I was pleased to find it actually fit (wasn't at all expecting that), although there are some tweaks I need to make, as you see:
*NOTE - I just happen to be wearing a tshirt the same exact color of my toile fabric, under my stays. Don't mind it! It is not actually a short-sleeved, high-necked pet en l'air, I promise!
|Front - don't mind those wrinkles, it'll have boning in the final.|
|The back. The pleats need some work, and the shoulders|
I have some excess going on at the top, right at the top of the pleats. I think some of this will be taken care of by pulling in the fabric underneath the pleats and tacking it in place, and the rest of that tailoring accomplished by taking in the shoulder straps.
|That excess at the top bugs me, but I do like the look of that side seam and the pleats.|
|This is the fabric it'll be made up in - a medium-weight woven cream ground with golden starry-stripeys. I'll pair it with a cream colored taffeta, and dress it up with gold bows and buttons. I'm thinking gold shoes too :-)|
If you have any help for me, please don't be shy!!