Oh my poor digits! Around the neckline: I row of black lace edging, two rows [actually one long loop] of purple velvet ribbon, 1 row [applied in two pieces so the directions balance] of the shell-smocked ribbon.
It’s taken AGES.
I’ve also finished the tweaks to the silver skirt: I smooshed out that annoying droop on the front panel, removed the waistband and lowered it by a scant half inch, as the skirt ended up a teeny bit too long, and added a draped piece of black lace. I’ve left the end on my hip loose, as I quite like the swag effect. I intended to make it the same at the side seam, but it just looked messy, so I did a bit of faffing, trimmed away the border on the would-be swag, and neatened it all off. I rather like it.
It’s inspired by a dress that I’ve loved for years, ever since treating myself to Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion, an absolute bible for makers of historical costume. It contains meticulous line drawings of garments in museum collections, dissected so that you can make your own. I never have, I just love to pore over the drawings, diagrams and descriptions. Luscious!
Plus, I got to use one of the pieces of rather lovely wide black lace which I’ve had in stash for years and years. Of course, partway through applying it, I realised that I’ve put it on the wrong way up. Meh, only you guys will ever know!
I decided on this because with the cutaway nature of the purple bodice, the large expanse of plain silver satin looked…plain. I like the drama of this effect.
This outfit was originally intended for ‘dinner with her majesty’ but has been switched to ‘an evening with Flash Gordon’, for which I will add a large, elizabethan style collar for my ‘Minge the Merciless’ character. I may need a raygun for my chatelaine… Watch this space lol
Speaking of the chatelaine, I just put in a bid for a rather sweet little boothook/pencil holder on eBay…fingers crossed.