striped jacket, I simply enlarged it a tiny bit since it didn't have ANY ease in it last time. Pretty but not all that comfy for long periods of time. This version has a funky puffiness at the back but if I take that out I won't be able to move, so puffiness it is. :P
Last night I started work on the pannier skirt. I mocked up the skirt last summer but was never really happy with the results. Thanks to koshka_the_cat I figured out the correct pleating method but I found my pleated section puffed out in a very annoying way.
So this time I decided to drape the skirt in my velveteen, so I'd know exactly how the fabric would behave. When I pleated it the period way, I got the same puffiness in the side skirt. Looking through my files of extant garments I noticed they have the same puffiness in the same place but in taffeta and satin it's not as obvious. Moo.
So I tried something new, using the same sort of pleats but bringing them all the way to the waist. No puffiness. It also used less fabric, important since I'm using limited yardage from the stash. After some pondering I decided that since this costume is all fantasy anyway I would throw historical accuracy out the window and go with option #2. It's prettier that way, do I really need another reason? I think not. :>
I measured out how much yardage I would need (my waist to floor measurements x number of panels required) and I had exactly the right amount of fabric, like down to a ¼". *happy butt wiggle* It doesn't get any better than that!
I didn't feel like standing up and draping anymore so I turned my attention to the bodice. I pinned in the second sleeve, finished off all the seams on the inside with whip stitching and sewed on all the hooks.
To be honest I'm a little scared at how well this project is going - it's too good to be true!