Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nearly finished cutting out the velveteen for the skirt with only the side front sections to go (and they are shorter). Hoping to start ironing the pieces onto the satin this week.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Not much to update really, just cutting out black velveteen sections. The centre back is now cut out and I have started on one side back piece, then its onto the side front. Everywhere I turn there seems to be small offcuts of black fabric missed by the broom :o).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Skirt front is all cut out and ready to apply to the satin background. I couldnt resist having a look at how it was going to look so I have laid out all the pieces for the centre front skirt onto the satin.
I am reasonably impressed at how it is progressing and a little alarmed at the amount of time it is taking. This is definately not going to be one of my usual 'I need a new dress for the event at the end of the week' dresses.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Now it feels like I am starting to make some progress. The pattern has been applied to all of the velveteen for the skirt and I have started to cut it out. I think it is going to look pretty good. I found a great pair of scissors that have a spring in the handle so it shouldn't be too hard on the hands. Cant wait to have the front of the skirt stuck down and start doing some sewing.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ok this is going to take a while. I have tracked down the double sided interfacing I wanted to transfer the pattern to the black and gold velveteen (its heavier than vislofex but the shop assistant didn't know what the brand name was). There are five 'pattern widths' required for the skirt. Each one takes up to 3.5 hours to transfer the pattern to the interfacing. So far I am a little over half way through the skirt..... then there are the sleeves and bodice to go. Then its on to cutting out the design and applying it to the ivory satin.

I have also made up a mock up of the dress to check the pattern. I was oringinally going to follow the dress pattern from the Eleanora of Toledo buriel gown as illustrated in Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion" however the gores in ths skirt play havoc with the fabric pattern so I have opted for an ungored skirt which will be either cartridge pleated or box pleated onto the bodice (depending on the weight of the finished skirt).