It’s starting to look like I’ll be avoiding buying any more Reconstructing History patterns…
I bought 5, and so far have made up the following:
#1014 Riding breeches/jodhpurs, which were fine, if over-sized, and the pattern instructions had a big bit missing, Kass [the owner] was very helpful and sent me extra photos of the original garment [I gather she mostly drafts from extant items], and eventually I sussed it out.
#951 Equestrian skirt. Oversized again, but fine, no issues with that one.
#950 Edwardian shirtwaists. the black-and-white striped trainwreck. Kass was again very helpful, but couldn’t work out what was wrong. Eventually I found that the sleeve pieces were mislabelled, making them actually end up sideways. Also there was no way the cuffs could have gone round anyone above child sized. I abandoned that one, and binned the pattern, buying the Truly Victorian counterpart.
#1031 1910s peplum skirt. Cut out, peplum pieces bagged out, skirt [again over-sized] has been fitted to my corseted shape, which removed nearly 4″ from the waistline. On trying to attach the peplum however, problems.
The instructions say to catch the short front edge into the long darts, which I’d read, so didn’t do anything beyond overlocking to stop the fraying.
The back edge however is much longer, and it just says to ‘catch into the back opening’. This opening, for the placket, is only 6″ long, so I assumed that they would be caught entirely into the CB seam, and again, just overlocked to neaten.
First problem: the dotted line on the pattern for placing the lower peplum…not long enough [or peplum too short, either way. I dealt with this by raising the peplum so that the dotted line matched to the stitching line, and got a reasonable match. Fudgeable.
Then the top peplum, which matches to the waistline [remember, I’d removed 4″ here, so expected to cut some away from the peplum]. Er. No. The edges come nowhere near the CB opening. Like, there’s a 5″ GAP between the raw edges.
This skirt should have been a breeze. I rarely make toiles, and certainly not for skirts, just opting for a slightly larger size to allow for twiddling. This skirt was fabric hungry, as the peplum pieces are pretty much quarter circles, and you have to get the skirt semi-assembled to check size before attaching them.
Not a happy Fairy.
I have contacted Kass again, and await a response. This fabric was NOT CHEAP and I will be spitting if it’s wasted!
Also, what the flying fook is this extra line on the pattern piece?