|The front crossing. The ties will meet with as-yet-existent ties on the sides. I love the adjustability of the drawstring, too…one can go from modest lady to regency floozy in seconds!|
I worked a bit on the 1797 voile wrap-front gown last night. Read about the start of this project and my references in this post.
Last night’s festivities included making the second half of the front, and also adding in a couple under-bodice pieces. These aren’t much of a bodice, just a couple straps that attach at the side seams and will be laced across the front of my really-old-ugly-and-shoddy Regency stays.
|under-bodice pieces, no lacing holes yet, just pinned.|
The gathered bust pieces need a little taming, and I plan to wrangle them with tiny invisible tacking stitches, to keep the sides from puffing out weirdly.
|The back, now with both straps hand-sewn into place. I did some adjusting with the angle of the straps, to get it to fit my actual shoulders (as opposed to my dress form’s), although it may still be too wide|
Next (and last) steps are to make up the loose-fitting sleeves, and to hem the skirts, which you see are too long now. Then I can call this baby done, and move on to 1815 :-).
|Please talk me out of leaving the train on the back of the skirt. I love it, it’s soooo pretty, but so impractical, especially for a day event on turf, and with crowds. Oh but can’t I just carry it around in my hand?|