I’ve started something, and I’m too stupid to know when to stop. I am, however, taking a small break. Months ago, I bought a pattern off Etsy. The seller made it clear that it was an old pattern, and there might be issues with it. Boy, was that an understatement.
I would love to make this suit in this same, peachy salmon color. Pastels were very trendy for the Edwardian woman. Yet there is a part of me that still remembers being 12 years old and not being allowed to wear all black. I think I’ll save my all black ideas for their own separate project.
This feels more like an archeological expedition than a sewing project. That pattern pieces don’t have any notches, or grainlines, or anything like that. No seam allowance is given, and the few instructions that remain are little more than useless.
I started the skirt when I had gotten frustrated with the bodice since it looked like it would be a lot easier. I could not have been more wrong. The seams are all tucked into the pleats, but again there are absolutely no instructions about the construction. What I have right now looks good, though, so I am rolling with it.
The pattern didn’t come with any sleeves, which was really frustrating at first, but lucky for me I already had a blouse with bishop sleeves. To me, the front view of the pattern does not look like it has bishop sleeves, but the rear view does, so rather than looking for something that may or may not work, I just went with what I had. I think it looks great. I feel like every project has a turning point where the addition of one element suddenly brings the whole piece together. For this project, that was definitely the addition of the sleeves. as soon as I got the sleeve on and was able to struggle into it, I knew that I was onto something.
Skirt yoke, capelets, tabs, tucks, pleats, belt, train, and a whole lot of frustration. I haven’t even hit the half-way point yet, but seeing this thing clinging to my mannequin I know that it is something I desperately want to finish. I haven’t seen much stuff like this floating around the Internet, and I just know that it is going to look great once I have it completely finished. Even if it’s not completely perfect, it’s going to be a real accomplishment.
To anyone who has bothered to read this far, please tell me if you have any ideas or suggestions, especially for color and type of fabric! I have a beautiful white shirting that I want to use for the piping detail, but that’s the only design element I’m really tied to. Any and all ideas, comments, and suggestions welcome!