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Jan. 30th, 2019

I don't know how a week winds up going by between my posts. But anyway, I've had a bit more sewing time and mojo this week! Over the weekend, I figured out how the overskirt needs to be arranged to drape correctly, and then I patterned the overskirt and skirt. I freaked out a little at first, because the way I wanted to pattern the overskirt wound up taking more than 10 yards, which is all I have! So I re-patterned it, and hopefully it will still look full enough in the back.

I cut everything out Sunday evening, and flatlined and sewed together all the skirt panels on Monday. I started serging the edges of the overskirt yesterday, but still have a couple pieces left to go. The overskirt will be bag-lined instead of flat-lined. 

But what I'm trying to figure out now is if I should put both the skirt and overskirt on the same waistband. The description from the Manchester museum seems to say that it is all one skirt, plus a belt that has a bow over the closure, but it's pretty much impossible to tell anything from the pictures. My thoughts are - if I do two separate skirts, on the plus side, I can wear the skirt without the overskirt if I ever feel like it. But also, the weight of the overskirt might make its band ride up in front, and having two waistbands and a belt would add a lot of bulk. But if I do it all on one, it's going to be kind of a pain to add the skirt trimming with all that volume on the back. 

Any opinions?

I'll have to decide by Friday at the latest, I think, unless the organdy for my petticoat arrives by then, and I decide to work on that first. I really want to get at least this skirt/overskirt out of the way (aka, on a waistband so I can hang it or put it on my dressform), and then I think I'll go back to the bodice for the plaid dress. 

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