I like fixing things, although you’d think I’d just do them right the first time, lol.
Last year I made an emerald green open robe, from the infamous Janet Arnold pattern. It was a mess – the back was too wide, the bodice straps too high, the shoulders pulled, the sleeves were too tight and the sleeve heads too shallow. UGH. I also thought I’d be Christmassy and face the thing in red bias tape, BLAH!
|The first version – eeeeew. Pulling and weirdness and blah|
The robe was a disaster, but I wore it, uncomfortably. I didn’t want to toss it completely away, or cannibalize it, so after the Regency gown remodel, I thought I could do the same to the robe.
I removed the sleeves completely, as well as the front bodice straps, and released the shoulder straps, resetting them at a sharper angle.
|New back details – re-set straps, short sleeves, curvy strappy bits, and buttons|
The red bias facing couldn’t come off, due to extensive embroidery I’d put over the top, so I folded it back.
The sleeves were the real challenge – I had a little bit of scrap fabric left over, so I cut short sleeves intended to scallop slightly up to a point. I set them the 18th century way, to make sure they would indeed fit, with top stitching by hand over the shoulder strap.
|New sleeves, complete with button and tassel – I totally stole this idea from Maggie|
The bodice straps turned into ones inspired by Jen Thompson’s open robe, and a couple fashion plates. ‘Course, right near the end of the refit, I ran out of emerald green thread, so finished the embroidery in a slightly different green…which, of course, shows on the straps. I figure nobody’ll notice in a dark room.
A few buttons scavenged from the original sleeves, and a couple tassels later, the thing is done and actually fits now, yay!
|Red Pemberlies, black ribbon rosettes and tassel shoe clips.|