January 14th, 2011

18th century frustrations

Despite not leaving the house (for the 2nd day in a row) today, I got very little done. I decided to go ahead with the stays binding, and in about 1.5 hrs worth of work, this is what I accomplished.

I managed to do one edge of the binding (I just turned it over in the picture) on three tabs. Is it really supposed to be this slow and laborious, or am I doing something wrong?

So needless to say, I got bored and frustrated, and decided to do more chemise a la reine research instead. And then I got carried away around 10pm, and took the pattern I found from The Cut of Women's Clothes, and did all the math (I even used algebra!) to size it up to my measurements. So I figured, if I had the pattern, I may as well start making it. And less than two hours later, this is what I have:

All it is is the big tube of fabric (three panels of 56" wide by about 60" long), and I followed the contours of the pattern in my cutting, though I had to drop the bottom of the armseye down around 2-3". It's just pinned to the form right now, but tomorrow, I'll gather it all, sew the back to the strip of fabric, and hopefully figure out how I plan to do the drawstring in the front. I decided to do the gathers all around (this picture shows the back), with the fitted elbow-length sleeves, and a lace ruffle at the neckline and the bottom of the sleeve.

Why can't the stays come together as quickly as the chemise a la reine?!