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April 11th, 2018

Apr. 11th, 2018

I had just enough time to fit my mockup yesterday between work and heading to the movie theatre. It was waaay too big. I didn't realize how much smaller my bust measurement was in my Regency corset, and so I had cut it to my uncorseted and Victorian corset bust size (which is basically the same), but which is about 2 sizes too large for the Regency measurement. So anyway, I think I wound up taking in the bodice by about 5" or so, mostly under the arms, though I also took a pinch out of the back/side-back curved seam. I also took out about .75" of the shoulder width, since it would have put the armseye seam way too far out.

It's possible that I may be able to use the mockup pieces as the lining, but I have a feeling I might have to recut. Oh well. I have about 2.5-3 hours for sewing this evening, so I'm hoping to get all the bodice pieces cut out and maybe sewn together. I think I would like to pipe the side-back seams, so that may delay me a little, but first I have to figure out whether or not I actually have enough fabric for as much piping as I would prefer (side-back seams, neckline, sleeve bands, sleeve ribbon things, belt).

Speaking of the belt, this pattern calls for a separate belt. But I feel like I've seen Regency dresses more commonly with a band between the bodice and skirt, as opposed to a separate belt. Is this true?

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