So I wimped out and took the bodice pieces to the blueprint shop and had them scaled up, took just a few minutes for them to do it and saved me HOURS of drafting time. So I had actual paper pattern pieces then drafted the skirt pieces by myself. I've discovered that the heavy roll of painters paper makes fantastic pattern paper! I can't really do much until the corset is done but I can get a general jist of how things are going to go. Thankfully it appears that the dress will be close to my own dress size--something that seems a bit odd since dresses of the period are usually so much smaller.
I've included a picture of the wedding dress I'm picking apart so you can see the lace, in a way it already has the silhouette of a period gown. One shot is a close of up of the netting. I think I found a the fabric for the underskirt...it is a light green silk taffeta that is shot with a pinkish orange...but I'm still looking. Part of the colour choice is the price at the discount fabric store. More photos to follow.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I think I found "the dress" to reproduce (different from my original idea of using a Laughing Moon pattern) , of course it will be different than the picture below, and will be a few years out of fashion for 1912 (the dress will be a 1910 model) but I will need the right undergarments. A fellow guild member has kindly offered to draft up her pattern in my size and I'm going to give it a go. I'm so excited. The corset will have to be done before I really start the dress but I can work on the dress mock up in the mean time. Here is the dress I want to make, the design will be completely different since I will be using the wedding dress lace but this is the shape:
This dress is from Jane Arnold's book Patterns of Fashion -2. Not sure what colour I will use, but the lace is a soft white.
Here are examples of the correct long line corset to be worn under this style. Very different from the Victorian or S-curve of the early Edwardian period:
You can see that some styles have garters to hold up stockings. Now just for eye candy, I found this dress: