Let me start by saying this is not a historically accurate dress. I wanted to take a breather from the heavy lifting of research for my Edwardian projects and just make something pretty that’s fun to wear.
I still managed to make this into a learning experience. I wanted to try combining and altering patterns to make a whole new outfit and this was the first time I’ve used a compete toile to adjust the fit. Having something to mess around with to get the fit I wanted made a huge difference, though I still need a lot of practice. Even though a mock-up can more than double the time it takes to make a project, I think this is a practice I’m going to keep up with. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the nitty-gritty work in progress, but I managed to snap a few pictures of the construction towards the end.
Here are the three patterns I mooshed together. I used the one on the left more for inspiration. I made a mock-up, but the neckline was sitting on my collarbone and looked absolutely ridiculous. I kept moving it further and further down, each time thinking I had gone too far until I finally had it where I wanted it. I had to scrap that first mock-up because the dress is one of those old-fashioned fold over patterns that use a lot more material then is practical, all just to save the effort of putting in a zipper or buttons. I used the skirt from the middle pattern and the bodice of the pattern on the right. I’ve made that one recently and had no issue with the fit, so I just slapped a different neckline on it.
The world’s most problematic bodice. It’s not perfect, but the waist detail was worth it, in my opinion. That is by far my favorite part of this dress.
So. Much. Gathering!
Yeah, there are a few things I could have done better, but I don’t think I could be happier with this dress. Fight me. All I wanted was something silly and comfortable and fun to wear and I succeeded. I learned a lot making this dress, and I love to just throw it on when I have to run errands, it helps to put a little spring in my step!