Sorry I've been MIA the past few days. Real life has been kicking my butt and costuming has just been something I've been thinking about as I drift off to sleep. Moo. I'm glad you guys have been enjoying the step-by-step posts though! Hopefully I'm making some sense. :>
#15. Sew the front and back at side seam. On front side place pieces of twill tape at the waist. These will become waist-stays. Stitch leaving an opening for the waist drawstring per the pattern instructions. Press seams towards back.
#16. Using a bodkin string cording through the neck & waist drawstring casings. For the waist casing once you get to the end, bring the bodkin through the fabric just behind the opening in the stitching. Then bring cording thru the opening.
#17. Creating the back loops. Using a bodkin, thread small length of cord through stitching at back waist. Once the loop is the desired size pin in front with a straight pin and tie in knots in the back. Stitch down knots. (I made two loops, although I may add a couple more.)
#18. Have Mom pin front of hem to correct length (not pictured). Turing dress inside out and place on dress form. Roughly cut train to desired shape, matching corrected hem markings at sides. (I usually draw in washable pencil the rough shape step back and look, then cut, trimming down until I get a shape that lays nicely.)
Yes another train of doom but I couldn't help myself! The frock didn't look right without it and I figured the longer the train, the more elegant it would look when I looped it up for dancing, yes?
*sigh* Trains and stripes, they will be my downfall someday. :P
I am totally in love with my fabric, silk is such a wonderful thing! The sleeves will be elbow length, straight. I think. I may do something a bit more fun, a pseudo greek drapery thing perhaps. I haven't really messed with the sleeves too much, just wanting to get to a point where I can start the embellishment.