I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.
Clockwise from top right:
- Calico toile - sewn from the Folkwear 215 Empire dress pattern
- Paper, pencil and tape measure - for redrafting pattern pieces
- Fabric - brushed back satin ditsy for the final garment
This Regency-era gown project has been so very Jane Austen. Girl meets sewing pattern; girl falls in love with pattern; girl encounters show stopping obstacles which make her despise and loathe pattern.
Now this girl is waiting for the bit where she is swept off her feet again.
You see there was a dress fitting earlier this week. It was a stretch to get ready - I have been sewing one-armed, after dislocating my shoulder 10 days ago. We fitted the calico toile. I held my breath. It looked ... er, how should I put this delicately ... absolutely hideous. Harsh but true. The bodice was all wrong. Despite doing a full bust alteration on the pattern, the bodice was still too shallow making the skirt hike up higher than a climber on Kilimanjaro. And much to the poor wearer's discomfort, the neckline was p-l-u-n-g-i-n-g.
So, its back to the drawing board.