...but I AM making progress, which is what matters...right?
Looking at the calendar, it's Costume Triage right now. I have four Victorian Christmas Events coming up back-to-back, so I'm in a rush to get my new purple outfits done in time.
I've been hard at work on the day bodice. Here are my original reference points (you can see more here):
|photo from eBay, but listing no longer available. I liked the trim and sleeves on this dress.|
|My sketches - the one on the left is what I went with.|
|Truly Victorian TV 443 - 1861 day bodice. This is the pattern I'm using, but with some alterations, which I'll talk about below.|
Then it was fit - buttonholes - fit - alter - fit...you know the drill. I've ended up with a very tight bodice on the dressform, but the bodacious curves of the corset are causing pulling across the chest, which I can't really fix. Solution is to make a new corset that doesn't require bust pads to fill out the cups ... but that's another blog post, another day.
I had two main trouble spots.
The first was the back. I deviated from the pattern, changing the three points in back to a smooth-fitting, squared-off tail. This required an 18th century trick of putting tiny godets at the top of where the tail starts to flair out. I also needed to tighten up the lower back through the side back seams, to get that nice smooth fit, and to bring the tail in to where it wasn't buckling.
|The back before re-working it - pulling in the excess on the side-back seams, and bringing in the seams on the tail, to get it to fit tightly and lay smoothly over the voluminous skirts.|
|The back after fitting - nice, tight fit at lower back, and a trim tail laying smoothly.|
That's where I am today - trim's been put on (imperfectly, of course). I'm awaiting jet buttons in the mail, and I need to finish the hems and add the little white collar, but otherwise this bodice is very near done.
Then it's on to the ballgown bodice and the skirt!