I can’t believe I forgot to blog this from last week – I got some fabric towards my 18th Century stays. It’s only the calico to make a mock-up and the coutil for the real things (the only 100% cotton they had was black with a find herringbone, but it’s actually rather nice). I think I forgot to take a picture when I bought it because I put it straight in the wash to shrink it. But here’s a belated pic:
You can also see the eraseable fabric pen and tailor’s chalk pencil I got from the fabric shop today… You see, I had a call from them yesterday afternoon to say the pattern I’d ordered was in – considering I ordered it on Monday lunchtime, that was pretty quick! Here I am looking rather pleased at said pattern:
I figured the chalk would be a good idea as I realised I had nothing to use to draw onto black, which could prove a challenge with black coutil!
And yes, I know the calico looks horribly wrinkled, so straight after taking the picture I ironed that and the coutil. I’m really impressed with the coutil – after washing it, I was a bit worried that it would become a bit soft, but it’s still very stiff and strong. I’m looking forward to using it!
As for the Halloween pattern – I’m making the 18th Century style version of the Simplicity 2832, but changing the trimmings slightly to make them prettier (I hope!) and a little more authentic. I’m going for box pleat self-trim on the centre part of the skirt (like a period petticoat) and self ruffles about an inch from the edges of the ‘robe’ part of the dress (so, down the front, around the neck and around the edges of the main part of the skirt. I might make this a double ruffle with the centre fabric, too.) as well as around the cuffs, just above the flounces, and instead of ribbon bows at the front, I might make fabric bows.
I’m thinking of making it either in dark blue satin with a lighter blue panel at the centre, kind of inspired by the colour of this dress:
Or else in teal and peachy pink a la Mme de Pompadour:
If I do make the bows at the front from fabric, then I’m trying to decide which of these combinations I should go for:
1. Main colour ribbons over accent colour faux ‘stomacher’.
2. Main body of dress and centre panel/faux ‘stomacher’ all in main colour with only the bows made of accent colour. I’m not so keen on this as I’d rather have the centre panel in the accent colour.
3. Main colour on main part of dress, with accent colour bows over accent colour centre panel. (Added shadoing to make the bows more visible.)
Decisions, decisions! It’s payday tomorrow, so I might get the fabrics then… and/or I might get the cable ties for my stays…