Made some more progress on the Butterfly gown tonight. Looks like my gown will end up being a cross between the Kyoto frock and the Tea Gown from Titanic. I tried a couple of different things (based on my other inspirations) but going in this direction makes the most sense with my fabrics and inclinations. :> Above is the original fabric combination I picked out for this frock. Below are pics of my finial choice. As intriguing as a *hello* orange frock sounded I think I’ll be happier actually wearing the more subdued version. :>
So following the design of the Kyoto dress (of which there is a better picture in the book Fashion by the way – yay for Christmas presents! :>), the main body of the dress will be the patterned satin, the top/sleeves with be the orange crinkle silk chiffon and the belting the blue silk chiffon. I’m considering using the old orange ribbed fabric for the underskirt and to line the train as well.
I’m happy to say that the toile fit to perfection. *throws confetti* I used lengths of ribbon and a sash to determine where the “waist” and top of the pattern satin bodice should be. It was when I was doing this that it struck me how similar my design resembled the Titanic tea gown. :>
I marked where all the ribbons were and such and will cut the bodice lining appropriately before I go to bed. My next step is to pull out my handy S&S Tea Gown pattern (I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of that pattern!) and cut out a toile bodice for the chiffon part. I can’t tell exactly how the Kyoto original was constructed I think using a kimono top will be the simplest thing. The style, apart from being very period, is so easy to fit and very comfy! :>
I also need to drape the skirt. I was thinking about using the Butterick pattern as a base but now I think I’ll just drape it from scratch. That way I can be sure of fitting the high waist the first time around and having seams just where I want them. :> I actually need two skirt toiles, the underskirt (hobble) and the overskirt (draped & trained).
Or do you think I should have a separate train? I haven’t decided yet.