- make new petticoat
- trim new hat
- make new neckerchief?
- fix green wool:
- redo hem (shorten & hand stitch)
- shorten sleeves
- make new ruffle?
- sew on hooks and eyes
I have such a cunning little plan for the petticoat I started with that first. :> Inspired by this lovely ensemble from tailordrews’s recent soirée weekend, I’m taking my red stripe apart to make a new petticoat.
I’ve been in a quandary about what to do with my red stripe for a while now. It has two issues, the first is that it’s too big – partly from mis-fitting and partly my losing weight. The second, and perhaps more important issue, is that the fabric itself is beginning to break down. It was a cheap, old cotton when I finally got around to using it and it is literally starting to dry-rot. I had thought about taking it apart and refitting it (as I love the gown) but I honestly don’t think it would survive.
I will get much more wear out of it this way and it should last longer too (less tension and wear spots on a petticoat). I probably wouldn’t have thought of it but for that picture in Bjarne’s album. When I saw it I fell in love. I adore the bold stripe as a petticoat – it’s so different. The young lady wears the petticoat with another outfit that I think is charming as well.
I have some more very cunning ideas for summer ensembles to go with the petticoat too. Good thing since I am literally starting from scratch on my wardrobe with no money to spend on fabric. *sigh* I’m spending all my money on events this year (CC & Under the Redcoat) instead. This is a year I will just have to make do with what I have. Luckily I have just about everything I need for my CC costumes and a deep fabric stash to be creative with.
If there is one thing I’m good at, it’s budget costuming. :>