Saturday, April 23, 2011

Renovating My Sheer 1795 Morning Dress: Adding the Skirt, Part 1

Dress front.
Just a short post to show some progress.

Over the past evening or two I set the gathers into the skirt. That meant
  • dividing the top of the skirt into multiple sections:
    • one section for each side of the front, minimally gathered right at the front, medium gathered at the sides.
    • another section for each side back, medium gathered, and ending at the back seam.
    • A last section, five inches across the back, for the central fifth or so of the fabric, maximally gathered. The gathers here will be carefully stroked.
  • Taking two rows of gathering stitches. For the central back section, each stitch about  a shy1/8" long, for rhe other sections, a little larger. In the last section, just to try it, I used two needles and threads simultaneously, loading up one needleful, leaving the needle in place, then using the second needle to gather up the same amount of stitches in the same spots. It went fast and produced two very even rows.
Then this afternoon, in about 15 minutes' time, I turned over the raw top edge of the skirt to the depth of the first gathered row, and pinned it in place on the dress.

Next steps, arranging the gathers more carefully, and then top-stitching the skirt in place, in an 18th century manner, with little overcast stitches, to the bottom of the bodice.

Here are more pictures:
Beginning to set the skirt.

Pinning the back.

Pulling the gathering strings.


The back.

4 comments:

MrsC said...

Such a tease! When do we get to see you in it all together??

Isis said...

I don't think I have told you, but I really enjoy this series of renovation posts!

ZipZip said...

Dear Mrs. C.,
Can't help the teasing: it's part of my make-up. Or maybe it's that I fear for what happens if it doesn't fit, and the picture of me in it will break the camera. In any case, I hope to cease teasing today and show it, because Jenni of Living with Jane is coming over and we're setting the hems on each other's dresses.

Dear Isis,
Good morning, and thank you! The project has been alternately infuriating and lots of fun. Let's hope the fun phase continues through the end.

Very best to you both,

Natalie

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Hi Natallie,
Since your dress making Posts have been so helpful for my first Regency dress I though that I should post your link on
my Post :-)
I hope you will approve!
Many Blessings, Linnie