Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pink Austen Dress - Part 3

Now that the SOTB filming is done, I can get back to serious costuming.

I realized that I needed to put some darts in the petticoat. Petticoats need to stay close to the body and not poof out on this style of dress. I put four in the front. I'm not 100% thrilled with the final shape, but it is definitely better.
More of a fitted and flattering waistline coming in here.
But the overall silhouette still leaves a stomach bulge. I need to see what the overskirt looks like before I decided if I need to modify the darts further.
Getting to work on the sleeves. Because the pink fabric is sheer and likely to fray, I had to use french seams on the side seams. French seams are a bit of a pain, because first you sew right sides together, than wrong sides together to create a casing for the raw edges.
Creating the casing for the elastic in the sleeves.
Turned the bias tape over, sewed it down again twice and inserted elastic with a safety pin.
Time to gather the sleeve into the armhole. I didn't bother to use gathering stitches. The fabric is so squishable that I just squished it into place and pinned it. Worked like a charm.
Finished bodice and sleeves... :)
Cutting out the, overskirt, that is.


Anonymous said...

The color is really pretty Elena. I can't wait to see the whole thing finished.

KatySue Pillsbury said...

Beautiful! I love the fabric, the color and the drape. What kind is it?=)

Liz B said...

This looks very elegant! Although it sounds like a very challenging process. I'm not much of a sewer - especially without a detailed pattern and directions. :)