How does that happen you ask? If you had ever seen the very large pile of fabrics in my sewing room you'd understand.I came across it as I was digging under the pile for a piece of silk. There it was. A fully sewn bodice sans the skirt. The fabric is red Chrysanthemums on a cream background. It is part of a collection of period correct prints put out by Colonial Williamsburg sometime earlier last year It's getting harder and harder to find and this particular one is very popular, at lesat the red and cream is. I've got it in a purple and gold as well.
So with the laundry done, the boys situated I pieced the skirts of the gown together.
The skirts were pieced using a French seam. For those of you who don't know what that is I thought I'd list the steps here. Though it takes twice as long as just a simple straight seam it makes for a sturdy, well constructed garment.
Now you are ready to sew. sewing. This gown is a combination of hand and machine sewing. Some of my garments are 100% hand draped, hand sewn, others are a combination of both. My thoughts on that subject will be for another blog. But for now it's time to stitch.
Tomorrow I'll go over the technique I used for pleating the skirt and attatching it to the bodice. Until then I'll just sit here and enjoy looking at another lovely gown.