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I've got the front sewn to the back at the right side and the front hem done. Need to do the left side placket, back gathering/waistband, back poufs, back hem, closure buttons and button holes, and ruffles.

Here are the progress photos with the skirt pinned to the mannequin










I have the petticoat train clipped up so the cats don't ruin it. They already put a big ole hole in it about 6 inches above the top ruffle when they went tearing across it at mach 9.

Date: 2008-04-16 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahlizzi.livejournal.com
looking great!

Date: 2008-04-16 05:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-16 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanityfairy.livejournal.com
pretty! Why do animals always want to play with sewing-related stuff? ;)

Date: 2008-04-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Yeah, they love sitting on the fabric, etc!!

Date: 2008-04-16 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wasseleen.livejournal.com
Everything looks better in stripes! Seriously though, that bustle is just perfect!!

Date: 2008-04-16 05:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-16 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robinia-acacia.livejournal.com
hai!
Mind if i add you?
I'm an historical seamstress myself and always love to meet other people with the same intrests.
I saw your great icon on thebatsmeows journal.
Hope you don't mind!

Date: 2008-04-16 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Not at all, welcome!

Date: 2008-04-16 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aseret-black.livejournal.com
This is going to be a spectacular gown. I love the effect on the overskirt that the striped fabric creates. Absolutely beautiful.

Date: 2008-04-16 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
I love me some stripes!!

Date: 2008-04-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bauhausfrau.livejournal.com
Ooo, I love that gown of Lizzy's and it looks like that's what you're making? She's got the best clothes in that movie.

Date: 2008-04-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
I thought I talked about this project here, but I can't find the entry! Yes, I'm making the Lizzy "arrival in England" gown for June 14th. That gown deserved much more air time than it got.

Date: 2008-04-16 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
You're doing a beautiful job ~ I love it!

Date: 2008-04-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Thank you, Lovely Miss!!

Date: 2008-04-18 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dvinedekadence.livejournal.com
Looking forward to seeing more.

Date: 2008-04-18 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Thanks!

If you see the post I made later the same day, you'll see it with a waistband, hem, and ruffles!!

Date: 2008-05-14 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] last-chael.livejournal.com
I have to ask; however did you get the back to bustle like that? Is it just the way the fabric moves, or do stitch it to something? It just sits so perfectly!

Date: 2008-05-14 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
No problem! It is made from TV 305 bustled apron overskirt. In the directions, she has you A) flatline the upper portion of the back with stiff netting and B) you sew three lengths of twill tape (or strong ribbon -like grosgrain) to the top of the back of the bottom of the waistband. Then you play with bustling up the fabric and tack it to the tapes randomly until you like the way it looks. Like this:


Some people, in order to let the fabric lie flat for washing and ironing, sew button holes into the twill tape and buttons to the underside of the bustled area. that way, they can let it back out for easy laundering. Me? I use small safety pins so I can get the same effect and ease of laundering without all the hassle of sewing buttons and button holes! I'm the queen of safety pins!

Date: 2008-05-15 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] last-chael.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm a really visual person, so it definitely helps to see how it's done. That makes so much sense, and I'm right with you on the safety pin thing! I would worry that buttons would cause issues with ironing though. My victorian bodice is hell to iron because I used hook and eye tape. Thanks again!

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