Pre-Xmas sewing time is getting short, and we have the usual flurry of visits and run-arounds to do over the next few days. Yesterday, I decided to do some prep, so I stood and pressed several miles of fabric [well about 7m of the shot taffeta, 5 or 6 of the purple lining, and loads of curtain lining for toiles and underlining.
Then I cut out the silver skirt, and its 14m of to-be-pleated flounce.
Then the toile for the riding breeches, removing 2″ from the leg length.
Then the mahoosively long pieces for the detachable train, TV#361. This is not technically part of the SWAP, as it cannot be worn on its own, but is part of the evening ensemble and its variations. Not mine, a picture from the Truly Victorian site. Isn’t it gorgeous?
I found a few minutes to audition some possible trims for the ensemble, which were originally bought as possibles for my daughter’s wedding three years ago. Looking good!
Then I collapsed in a sweaty heap [the ‘sewing room’ gets very warm!]
After tea and cake, I decided to start sewing the train. It’s got just 2 main pattern pieces, plus a rectangle for the upper band. I’ve shortened it quite a lot, as I don’t really think that a very long train dragging behind me is all that practical in a crowded ballroom! Victorian men may have been adept at dodging all that dragging fabric, but modern ones are not likely to manage…
So taffeta and lining each had 2 shaped side pieces joined to the centre rectangle, then the whole caboodle gets bagged out, apart from 2 unfinished sections on the top which will go into the waistband.
The train will ultimately attach to the bodice with three or four hooks.
I understitched, [and was pleased to only catch up the main fabric in one place] then pressed. The next step was some clever pleating: Several pleats at the outside edges going in one direction, and another bunch in the centre back going the other way. It’s all very ingenious, and one of those things that you just have to get on with, and trust the designer!
Today has been very busy, and I haven’t had chance to finish it off. It’s less than an hour’s work, including hand-finishing, so tomorrow will do.