I’ve posted about the process of assembling all of this, which is to be worn over the silver skirt. It’s been waiting for the missus to find five minutes to stand on a stool wearing the skirt so that I could finish arranging the bustling at the back. [On a stool because she’ a couple of inches shorter than me anyway, and this is gauged to wear with a smallish heel.]
It helps that she’s roughly the same size as I am wearing my corset, so the skirt sits in the right place!
All of the pieces of this drapery are attached to a mini-skirt lining, just a couple of rectangles joined and hemmed. The front apron drape was pleated in place and stitched down. The side pieces were lined, angled, and attached at the top, then the larger back piece was stitched on and a narrow waistband added. There are a couple of hooks inside the front waistband which match up to two thread loops on the skirt waist, just to stop it all from rotating! There are 3 pieces of ribbon hanging between the back drape and the lining itself, with the centre one longest/ I’d already thread marked down the length of the back drape at centre and quarters to help with the alignment.
It works very like arranging bustle points on a wedding dress- more by eye than anything else, you can’t really work it out in advance as you have to see how the fabric pouffs!
Two pins in the centre, two on the right, then I measured the placement to duplicate it on the left hand ribbon. Now all I need to do is sew those 6 point in place, and I can get on with the trimming.
Here’s the work in progress, and also with the previously made ‘butterfly train’ added at the end.