Ah well. Life’s tough, my sew-jo has been thin on the ground for a week or more, and now another weight gets added to the pile…
I forced myself to get back to the sewing today, so that my mid-week day off would feel productive. I wrestled with the elastic button loops, all 20 of them [whose idea WAS that again?] and hand picked the zip into place. I basted in the back bodice linings, and sewed the shoulder seams, and attached the little stand collar. All the patterned applique rows lined up nicely, so far so good.
I roughly stitched the side seams, and wriggled into it to check before stitching and binding those looooong seams. Wriggled. And wriggled. I’ll be wearing this over my Edwardian corset, which doesn’t pull in the waist as much as the Victorian one, but aims at an elongated S shape. I obviously should have made it first but I didn’t, so shurrup. I therefore just wanted to judge if the side seams need to be radically taken in or let out…but that was a lot of wriggling.
The skirt is VERY narrow. The fit over the hips and ribcage is fine, the zip won’t do completely up, but I expected that, it will be fine over a corset. OMG that skirt though!
Now it’s a style which was popular pre WW1, and as such, is obviously long and lean in profile…but this is a real hobble skirt, which I wasn’t expecting in a non-historically accurate pattern. This is more of a costume look, so such details are usually made more user friendly. Nope. Not a bit of it. I could only just wriggle the lower skirt into place over my not-large hips and bum. Anyone with a derriere would never get into it!
I can only take half strides, and with my natural clumsiness, that simply will not do. I’d break a leg in five minutes flat, and stairs would be a no-no. I’m going to have to contrive a kick pleat/gusset/gore of some sort, but I don’t want to detract from that lovely asymmetrical overlay and all the ruddy applique, so it’ll have to go on the opposite side. More faffing with the evil fraying fabric!
I ask again, whose idea was this anyway?