We finally found time and energy to get me harnessed into my corset so that the next steps could be made. Earlier today, I replaced the waistband that I’d put onto the skirt yesterday. It just wasn’t working as a twill tape facing, so I made a plain narrow waistband in the silver satin. Unpicking was evil, and I managed to melt the first waistband with the iron, so this took longer than it should.
Note to self- FFS be careful when ironing this damn skirt!
We also took some shots of the petticoat, and wifey pinned the butterfly train in place so that I can see the effect.
Rather nice I think- remember it will be worn with a lilac bodice, and some additional apron-like drapes on the skirt.
So the first step was getting my wife to mark off an even hemline while I stood very still, getting numb toes. She decided after much faffing about to level it up with the front, which nicely clears my shoes so I don’t trip up. When we overlay the pleated section, it will be barely off the floor all the way round.
Then I pinned myself into the evening bodice- no darts are yet pinned out here, and it looks like a maternity smock! Just look at all the fabric that needs to come out…
The arm bands now feel tight..fat arms from Christmas eating? Hmmm
I pinned out the mostly vertical dart below the bust on each side. HUGE dart. Then I pinned out another towards the side seam, and at a slight angle. I evened them out, machined them, cut away some excess fabric and got back into it.
Better- that neckline needs to be lower, and I still need a teeny tweak at the shoulders, as well as some more inches removed from the front…
So we pinned out some more. Getting there. The shoulders are falling off a little, probably because those tight sleeve bands are dragging slightly. I’m done for today though.
- levelling and facing the hem on the silver skirt. I may pipe the edge too, as this gave a wonderful effect when I did it on the wife’s wedding dress
- Re stitching these tweaks on the bodice
- Getting the pleated section onto the skirt, which will finish it off
- do one more bodice fitting before cutting out I think
- order fabric for riding breeches