May 27th, 2011


I think I've decided on my next project! I want to make something early Edwardian, so I can wear it to the PEERS 1900 picnic in Alameda in August, as well as possibly the Belle Epoch-themed tea at Costume College.

It's going to be a mixture of this dress, from the Met, with a little inspiration from Mary Poppins' Jolly Holiday dress.

Here is a quick preliminary sketch I just did:

I like the visual interest that the apron-like straps (sorry, I forget what they're called) add to the top, since it will be a fairly plain gathered blouse with lace at the neck. But I can't decide if I want to do them out of a contrast fabric, or just out of lace, which is what I'm leaning towards. I'm also thinking about a lace stripe down each sleeves, as well as down the front and around the bottom of the skirt. I love the look of the velvet waistband, but unfortunately, I've never seen any stores carrying pastel cotton velvet, so that probably won't happen. And I can't decide what color to use as the contrast, for the belt, sleeve cuffs, neck, and ribbons on the skirt. I'm leaning towards a similar blue like in the inspiration dress, or possibly a light pink or green. I've seen a couple dresses of that era with gorgeous blue-green contrast, but I feel like that might be a bit much for afternoon wear. And while the original dress was made out of silk chiffon, I probably cannot afford that, so I think I'm going to have to look at regular chiffon in white or ivory, and hope it will still work out nicely. Fabric shopping day tomorrow!

Lastly, I've been debating getting this book: Does anyone have it? I'm thinking that I can probably make this dress without it, just using pieces from online patterns, or maybe Cut of Women's Clothes or Patterns of Fashion, but would it be a worthwhile resource anyway?