When I start a project I usually have a plan, a flexible plan but still a solid idea in my head of what I want to end up with. The Black & White Bustle (TM) however, not so much. I have a vague sort of idea and I have materials and trims to use but beyond that...
I've spent some time this week trying to hone my vision for this project. Going through Demode's index
helped immensely (seriously Kendra if you ever take that off your website I'll have to stop costuming!), as did the fashion plates on Festive Attyre
. The bustle goodness over on awesomecostume
has been helpful as well.
All that to say I've figured out what I want in terms of the skirts and bustle. I love the lines of this wedding gown (found on e-bay) and plate (from Festive Attyre).
The upshot is I've decided I bought the wrong pattern for my bustle skirt. The more I look at TV216
, the less I like it for this project. The way the back is constructed is not at all what I had in mind.
This isn't helping my overall feeling of being very stupid and insecure over this whole project.
I think I could puzzle it out, using techniques and pieces from my two TV patterns (TV216
) plus the aid of Hunnisett. My only question is should I make full underskirt/overskirt or seam it all together hiding the join with a false side panel?
*sigh* Or should I just ditch the Victorian thing for another year and use the faille for a robe à la française?