Oh, pleater, how I love thee.
Yes, friends, this is Stormy Night. The poor little thing has been languishing in the sewing room, waiting to get its little sleeves pleated. I couldn't seem to make up my mind what length I wanted the sleeves to be. After finally deciding on elbow length, I cut off the extra sleeve length and ran each sleeve through the pleater. Although I pleated five rows, I doubt I'll smock that many rows.
Today I'm concentrating on the bodice of the little dress I posted about yesterday. The front and back bodices are a little out of the ordinary. In an effort to make this easier to see, I enlarged the original photo and cropped away everything except the bodice. It may be a little fuzzy, but here goes nothing:
I hope it will be large when you click on it. I did try, honest.
At any rate, here goes Part One of my ideas for recreating this design:
- Use a standard bodice in size 2 from one of the major pattern companies. Not sure yet which one to use--I keep tripping over the darn things. I'll just grab one.
- Scoop out the front and back neck a bit for a more summery look.
- Make the front bodice long enough at the center front to accomodate three decorative buttons.
- Close the back bodice with three buttons.
- Add a little cap sleeve or a flutter sleeve. Maybe. More on this when the muslin stage gets here (yes, there is a muslin appearing here soon).
- Small tucks at the bottom edge of the front bodice.
- Back bodice appears to be gathered with elastic in the bodice/skirt seam. Or maybe it's tucked and gathered with elastic. Need to think about this one a bit more.
- I can't tell a thing about the sash, except that it's mighty cute. Trimmed with rosettes and buttons, maybe?
- Line both bodices
- Use stay tape on the bodice/skirt seam, because this puppy is going to be heavy when I put eight miles of ruffles on it