This week has been a bit busy, but today I finally get to show you some details of the completed “Bodice” challenge. I hereby present to you Lady Marilyn Lavender, my bodiced petticoat. *beams* First of all, here are the challenge specifics:
The Challenge: #5 Bodice.
Fabric: Light lavender cotton poplin.
Pattern: My own, made from a modern bodice pattern with period alterations. The whole project was inspired by an extant petticoat, from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection.
How accurate is it? About 65%. The fabric was almost completely resistant to all hand-sewing attempts, so 3/4 of the seams are sewn by machine.
*cringes and hides*. The buttonholes, casings and pleats are all hand-made, though. I really wished there would be more hand-sewn things about it.
Notions: Punched lace and doubled hemp cord for the hem; bias tape; soft bobbin tape for the drawstrings; 2 buttons.
Hours to complete: Approximately a week… what’s that in hours?
First worn: For photos and fitting.
Total cost: About € 18.
How happy am I with it? All in all, very happy. It fits over my stays perfectly, giving a lot of extra support. I am pretty stunned about suddenly having a proper Regency “shelf” shape, front and back. Now I really want to make a little bustle pad to complete the look. :)
And now, here are some pictures of the finished project. For some additional details, have a quick look-see at last week’s post, over here. ;)
Hand-bound buttonholes. =)
And that was my little challenge update already. I promise to be good again now and blog some more. After hours, my thesis produces quite a few sewn by-products, wanting to be shared. And, blogging about them for you, is definitely one of my biggest inspirations.
See you all soon.