It’s time for an update on the dress I was making for Yule Feast, mostly as that event was 2 weeks ago. Also, mostly as I didn’t finish it. But that’s OK, as my sanity as event coordinator was way more important than finishing a dress, and I did have other things to wear.
I pulled the pin on the project two weeks before the event, as I was struggling to get the sleeves completed – sewing up all the slashing took longer than I expected, and still had a hem to complete, jewels to apply to the side seams, and then there was part of the back neckline that I need to fix. I had nowhere near enough time.
I did however finish the partlet.
Here’s some photos of the dress in it’s current state, as a place holder until I can get it finished for our Baronial Change-Over later in the year (Mayish?). Partlet photos to come.
One of the things I fixed as a result of this fitting was to put a tuck in at the waist line. The front is a single piece cut through from neckline to hem, but as there was no way to shape for front stomach curves (the polite way to say it), I ended up with the situation at left. The picture at right fixes this issue with a simple tuck.
Finally a close-up of the pleating at the back of the gown. These are currently lined with a strip of felt before being pleated in, and they are nice, however I am still going to pad them out with rolls of fleece batting (already prepped) so I can get those lovely deep, rounded pleats that you see in images of the era.