|Braining hard on the Isabella Mactavish Fraser wedding gown - Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2019|
|The original 1785 gown was on display in the National Museum of Scotland's wonderful "Wild and Majestic" exhibition, right next door to where we were making the recreation.|
|We had the honor of meeting Isobel Beaton, the owner of the original gown, who also wore it for her wedding.|
Also in preparation, Abby cut the bodice and sleeve shapes on Georgia, our model, ahead of the project itself. This would have been a very interesting thing to show attendees, but with so little time (about 12-14 hours total), we decided to do the draping ahead of time.
Saturday morning arrived and we were all dressed in our 18th century clothes and ready to rock. The hard tartan, custom woven by Prickly Thistle, was rolled out and the skirt panels cut then yanked about to sortof re-tenter them, as the fabric coming off the loom skewed a bit off-grain, very noticeably with the geometric tartan pattern.
|Rolling out the first yardage for the skirt panels.|
|The hard tartan came off the loom un-tentered, which meant a fair amount of tugging on the cross to straighten out the plaid.|
|Peryn and Katie stitch the lining and tartan fabrics of the bodice fronts.|
|Abby works on the center back seam of the gown. The original has a slight offset of the plaid along this seamline, which Abby painstakingly recreated.|
|With the bodice fronts stitched, the lacing strips were pinned into place.|
|Rebecca responding to an audience question asking about the underpinnings and layers of an 18th century woman's attire.|