I started on my teens Butterfly gown tonight. *throws confetti* I just need a break from the 18th century and since I have all the supplies and a deadline for this project I thought, why not finially start it! :>
I didn’t get too far because I got sucked into the computer looking through my costuming files & bookmarks for inspiration. Wretched thing the internet. I did find some yummy things though and I finally have an idea of what I want to do. The original concept I created last year was a good one but with a slight change in fabrics (and direction of interest) I am changing it. Nothing is ever set in stone until the fabric is cut you know. :>
I’m particularly inspired by both this gown from Kyoto and this one from the Met as well as this pattern diagram from Ladies Treasury. I'm not sure how well I can conbine all the elements I like but I have some other ideas floating my head. I really just want the fabrics to speak to me as I drape. I’m completely in love with the textiles I’m using so I really want to showcase them. It’s backwards from the way I usually work but I’m excited about the challege. I’m all about change in my life right now.
I’m determined to take a very laid back approach to this gown. I mean I’ve spent a year reading and researching the fashion of the period but I’ve put the books aside now. No period diagrams or historic patterns to size up. I’m not checking seam placement or documented period construction techniques. I need a break from all that. I’m just going to for the right look and feel and if that isn't 100% correct, oh well.
I got as far as taking measurements of me in the corset and the first steps of draping the basic bodice lining tonight. Nothing terribly exciting yet I know but there you are. It's a begining. I need to take this first toile off Narcissa, cut a second half and baste it up for a fitting. Haven't gotten my machine in to the shop yet so I might as well do it tomorrow, right? *grin* I’ve cut everything generously - watch for the seams to be cut down to size, the top to be trimmed and the bottom cut off to just above the waist.
Fun, fun! :>