Pack 2 is my purple ensemble. While pack 1 is a day outfit, inspired by xmas markets and other outdoor events, pack 2 will be set aside until we go to either Asylum or Whitby Weekend next year. Evening events require finery, and my plans are getting ever fancier.
In stash I already had 5m or more of a deep purple poly taffeta, embroidered with flowers in white and lilac, embellished with little lilac sequins. This was a gift from the fabulous Michael Bateman, a sewing and FB pal. I’ve been itching to use it, but it really does demand something grand.
Teamed with this, a beautiful shot poly taffeta which I spotted on ebay a while ago, but didn’t allow myself. It’s bargainalicious, and I love it. I can also get more very easily if needed, or a toning Cadbury purple…Not stash, but fabulous so there.
5m or more of a very silver poly satin. This was bought as a possible lining for my wedding coat two years ago- I think I ended up with three or four lengths before finding the one which went best with the silk velvet. [Then the ruddy thing never got worn as the weather was too lovely…it will re-surface soon I think.]
I also found a few oddments of a deep purple wool, leftover from a jacket I made about 8 years ago, It was lovely, only got worn a few times, and has now gone to the charity shop. There MAY be enough of this for a bolero if I’m very canny.
For trim, I found several metres of black lace- one is double bordered and about 8″ wide, the other is single bordered and about 4″ wide. I’ve had them for EONS.
While PC less since the weekend, I’ve done some doodling, and ordered some patterns, and traced some images from the tablet, as I couldn’t be bothered to do neat drawings of my own.
The plan at present is:
Another Truly Victorian [TV]462, with the square neckline, and full length tail. This will be in the dark purple.
TV 402, evening bodice with short sleeves, square front and V-back. Lilac shot taffeta, various trims. The drawing is very plain, the bodice won’t be!
A basic skirt [called an underskirt, as there will be drapes over it- not a petticoat!] This will be late 1800s style, cut with quite a straight plain fitted front panel, and a very full, semi circular or gored back. There will be a deep flounce, gathered or pleated at the bottom edge. This will be in the silver satin. I won’t need a pattern for this, I have a lot of period diagrams from my costume bible- Patterns of Fashion 2, by Janet Arnold. This will also be a great source of ideas for trims. If I was getting a pattern, it would look like this one from Truly Victorian.
I’ve ordered 2 more TV patterns, 361 and 381 which will be used to make a detachable train and some arrangement of skirt draperies. I’ll use whichever purple fabrics I have after making the bodices, but hope that the train will be in the lilac.
So that’s the plan! I can’t start sewing the actual garments now until December 26th, but can do the toiles and prep.
I went into town today, and had a bumble round the rag market, buying buttons and trim for these projects, as well as a brilliant 5m of 102″ wide cotton curtain lining to use for toiles and underlinings. £3/metre, it would have been rude not to. It’s in the wash now, to shrink it a bit.
I got some lovely trim- a rather pricey [for me] jet beaded trim which will be beautiful around the edge of the purple wool bolero. I got 2m at £5/m
I found that getting the right shades of purple was very tricky- loads of gorgeous trims, ribbons and braids out there, but very few that toned. I found this narrow sequin trim which isn’t too blingy, at 50p/m. I asked for 10m, and got the whole 14m for the same price. Joy!
Then the buttons. Those of you who have had the pleasure of a visit to Birmingham Rag Market now that we are spoiled for choice, with several stalls specialising in only buttons and trim. I didn’t even go round all of them, but couldn’t choose between these vintage looking beauties, so got ten of each, and 6 of the cute teacups for no apparent reason, as you do. I was hoping for purple buttons, but as you see succumbed instead to ‘jet’, bling, and opaque prettiness. What do you think?
I’ll be starting on toiles very soon, and will then need to divert my attention to getting those parasols and small sewing jobs done while I await the starting gun!
What do you think of it so far? Any suggestions?