I finally got to start my new 1790s dress and this is all I have to show for a week’s worth of work. It’s not that I haven’t been spending days working in the sewing room. No, my first attempt at the cross bodice was a complete and utter failure. It’s my own fault though. You would think that after nearly 10 years (!) of costuming I would learn to make a full mockup. Instead I get impatient and plunge ahead after just a few tries. It’s ok, really. At least I recognize my weakness. ;)
Anyway, I spent three days constructing a bodice that looked horrible when I tried it on (at least it was beautifully finished), another two days patterning a new bodice (it was a pain!), and finally two more constructing this and working on the skirt. All the effort was worth it, however. I’m really pleased with the shape of the neckline and all I have to do now is attach the skirt, sleeves and hem. Despite my early setbacks, I think I will have this finished in time for Costume College.
If you are interested, I made a Pinterest board for 1790s cross front dresses
that I used for reference as I patterned. I also used The Cut of Women’s Clothes
, Patterns of Fashion
and Costume in Detail
to help me with the pattern shapes.
Posted: 7/10/2013 2:00:24 PM
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