Sunday, January 15, 2012

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V15: 1912 Titanic Abbey Dress Progress

I've been on an Edwardian binge lately, and working ever so diligently on my 1912 gown.

I know it's only January, but why not go on and get something done early, for once?

One net panel on the front, so far.
Normally nothing I sew goes together easily, but this dress seems to be working out pretty nicely.  I haven't had any major "uh oh" problems (yet), although working the straight beaded edge onto the curved bodice was a challenge.

The sleeves will be a challenge too, as the net will need to be roll-hemmed on curves, and this stuff doesn't fancy it.
The lavender sash will cover the waist.  The waist is higher than my natural waist, but not quite up there in space, right under the girls.  The bodice has a little boning in the front, with one horizontal bone across the bust, to give the mono-bosom prow front.
I received a fat parcel full of all four Janet Arnold "Patterns of Fashion" books last night, from the incomparable Joe and Nyxie, bless their little cotton socks, and instantly put Patterns of Fashion 2 to work, drafting a very basic under skirt - 3 pieces with slight goring, based on the Laurel Dress pattern.  Something like this:

More to come next week. :-)

p.s. The Laurel Dress pattern to which I refer regularly is found in Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen's Dresses & Their Construction C. 1860-1940 , along with lots of other gridded patterns from the 1860s through the 1930s.
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15 comments:

  1. Ooh, lovely! This is looking so complete already!

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  2. Love looking at your progress. Who are Joe and Nyxie? At good place to find patterns / supplies?

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    1. Laurie, Joe and Nyxie are a couple world-travelling friends of mine. I didn't want to put their last names on a public blog, lol.

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  3. What a lovely color and your lace is just the thing. Fun to see your progress and hear you voice your concerns but no doubt it will come out very nice. How exciting that you have started with plenty of time to enjoy the project before the event.

    Do you need to roll hem the net? Could it be edged instead with a narrow lace or bead trim?

    You might be interested in seeing a Victorian bodice I just did a post on. Found it in a thrift store and took some interior shots of it, always fun for the historical costume enthusiast.

    www.sewingcafewithlynne.blogspot.com

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    1. Lynne, I hadn't thought of beading the edge of the net, but that sounds so much easier than roll hemming curves. The net doesn't need to be hemmed, but it might look kindof weird just cut, without some kind of finish. I shall experiment!

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  4. Ooooh...pretty! I'm so envious that you have all these events to go to!

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  5. This is going to be stunning! Your color choice is two thumbs up!

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  6. This is stunning! I love the color.

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  7. Looks pretty already what a lovely colour.

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  8. Your Gown is going to be lovely! Where did you get you beaded overlay fabric? That fabric is so lovely!

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    1. Azirenna, I found the overlay fabric at a local Mill End store, hiding in the special occasion section. I squee'd when I saw it. Grabby Hands :-)

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    2. Thanks, I'm having trouble finding anything like that in my area and was just wondering if you bought it online.

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    3. This link was posted on The Unsinkables FB group. Might be of some help:

      http://www.utsavfashion.com/

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  9. Azirenna,

    I'm having trouble finding the overlay fabric also. I've been looking at Saris and Saree but have not found anything either. I checked e-bay also.

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