No, not that, this:
The ‘Six Napoleon Challenge’
This amazing dress has been offered up as a challenge/inspiration by Marianna of Sew2Pro.
The idea is we make up something inspired by this image by July 14th, Bastille Day. [Although I have asked for an extension as I’m still in marking season then.]
My lovely missus has offered me a birthday cash bung, and I’ll be buying some more of this lovely stuff:
It’s a wild silk from Truro fabrics. I’ve used it before, and have been itching for an excuse to make something else. It behaves beautifully, despite fraying a fair bit, and goes in the washing machine without complaint. I used it for the lovely Lynn Mizono Vogue 1410, on Pattern Review here. A dress totally outside my comfort zone, but I love it so much I now have FOUR! [Only one in silk though]
So, my plan is to make the skirt from that, and a separate bodice using my steampunk ballgown bodice pattern, Truly Victorian 460
I will make it sleeveless, but with the silk as a shoulder drape. Asymmetric hem, and I may make the fastening off centre too…maybe not. I want the neckline to mirror the hem of the bodice. The fabric? From stash, wait and see.
The article about the dress says it has 8m of fabric in the skirt. Really? I doubt that very much. I think I’ll be quids in with about 3m…
Right, I need to get ordering!