I’ve been working on the toile and all of the tiny pleats. I was a little (pleasantly) surprised that despite how random and complicated they appeared at first blush, when they’re all sewn up, they finish quite nicely. There is reason and logic in their placement. Don’t know why I ever doubted that lol!
Here’s the skirt with all it’s pleats sewn up:
Then on to the bodice and the overdress. More interestingly placed pleats and tucks 🙂 Here are the two sides of the over dress bodice portion… Excuse the many pins! This bit had to be hand sewn in place.
There is a lining for the bodice as well and the center stomacher portion I backed with felt for more rigidity. In the final version, the silk stomacher will have lots of embellishment (such is the plan!)
I got to the sleeves. So flouncy!! I like these flounces, although I will need to decide how to finish the silk edges. Not sure that faced versions will work. I’ll have to think on that. Hopefully something will come to me before I get to that stage! In the finished version I’ll be adding even more flounce, lace etc. I want the sleeves to be super opulent and frilly 🙂
Woot!! Here’s the whole thing, though not sewn all up yet…
Just a little more work to do. Sew the sleeves in, put the rest of the bodice lining together, finish all the edges and then, if it all looks good, I can feel confident cutting in to the silk. Can’t wait!
When I started this and was faithfully plotting out all of those pleats and darts etc. onto my fabric, I envisioned that it would be difficult to keep them all straight and wondered if it was all going to work when I was done. As I went along though, it pretty much built itself, lol!
When I stopped for the day, I found a treasure in my mailbox. My Pompadour biography arrived!! I know what I’m reading tonight, lol!
Same portrait on the cover that drew me to her originally! There are no coincidences 😉
Thanks for reading!
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