So back when I was without internet (about 1.5 weeks ago?), I did actually wind up finishing that fairytale toile dress. I just neglected to tell you all about it. And it does still need the crino-slip I plan to make for it. Eventually. If you remember, this started out as a quick and easy project that I would finish within a day or so, and just be a modern sundress using McCalls 5094
. But then I started adding random elements that had nothing to do with the original pattern. For example, I added two side panels to the skirt, and knife pleated the skirt at the waist as if it was an 18th c petticoat. I also added a ruffle around the bottom, with dagged and scalloped edges, done with my pinking sheers. And there's a band of pink just above that, because I didn't have enough fabric to make the nice long ruffle like I wanted. I also added small puffed cap sleeves. And I changed the zipper from a standard back zip to an invisible side zip, and made it a gathered neckline in the front, bound with matching bias tape. The finishing touch is the attached pink "sash" with big butt bow.
I really like how it came out, and I'm super proud of that zipper, though I think I made it so well "hidden" that it's a bid hard to zip up. Please ignore my really awkward facial expression. And yes, that is the Weasley Clock behind me. :)
In other news, I've been working on my stays for the last week or so. Thanks for your advice from my last post, because taking in the back at a diagonal and rotating the grain to form a new straight edge seemed to improve my lack of gap at the top. And since then I've cut out my actual pieces, plus redrafted the front a tiny bit (which I didn't put in a new mockup, so I hope it works). And I sewed all my boning channels (or almost all, since I'm going to sew the tops of the vertical channels, where the bones run up behind the horizontals by hand) and cut all my boning down to size, and did my eyelets. So once I finish the tops of those channels, I'll be able to sew the pieces together (and make sure it still fits!). I'm really excited. Hopefully I'll do that tomorrow.
I also promise that now that all the official CosCol pics are up, I'll start to do my "what I wore" recaps.