My red anglaise... it has turned out to be a rather temperamental diva dress. In fact that is its new name - the Diva Anglaise. It knows it’s amazing and has the attitude to match. Jerk.
I have no idea how it happened but the bodice ended up being way too small. As in unworkable. I think it's a case of some sort of seamstress error (what I have no idea!) and a tiny factor of Christmas fudge but really I blame the dress. Diva!
After having a slight cow and wondering if I ever wanted to sew again, I ended up needing to recut the bodice. It was the best option. Which of course also meant recutting the shoulder strap as well. *sigh* I laid out what was left of my fabric, the bit on the bolt and every descent sized scrap I had (fortunately) saved along the way. Bridget kept me company while I laid out, enlarged and cut, talking me off the ledge more than once and reminding me that these sorts of set-backs, disasters and compromises usually make my costumes better in some way. And of course she is right; I used a different part of the print this time and I think I actually like this version better. Who knew? Thanks PB - I really appreciate everything! *hugs*
So at the moment the second bodice is cut out, waiting to be put together. I have enough fabric to cut one more bodice in case this too is a disaster. I'll be able to squeak out enough fabric for my trimming scheme, that being a lot easier if I don't have to cut a third bodice of course. I also started playing around with polonaising ideas and sure enough my train O’doom is a bit too much so I can cut some off for trim use, which is helpful!
Honestly this whole fiasco has really killed my momentum on this project this week. I have carried on (if not staying entirely calm) but it's been slow. I decided to put the bodice aside for a little while and turned my attention to the petticoat, which is not being a diva. So the petticoat is almost finished, it's waist-banded, hemmed, ruffled and the trim is pinned on. A few hours of handstitching and it will be finished. Yay for some painless progress!