We all have those time periods that call strongly to us. Over and over and over.
The hats. The dresses. The undergarments. The jewelry….
Then you get an opportunity to make it. Not that you didn’t have one before. But it now takes center stage… The moment has arrived. You grasp it, taking it by the horns until the needle stabbing begins and the clock winds down. Then you make adjustments and finally finish it just a few short hours before you have to wear it.
This is my story of the (finally) finished Lemon Chiffon Dress. It wasn’t completely finished when I wore it to Costume College 2012. When the Downton Abbey tea presented by Andover Fabrics arrived in town I knew it must get done.
It all started with the purple corset in January of 2012. Heather over at Truly Victorian had finally ventured into Edwardian styles (much to our eternal appreciation). Then came the undergarments – because you HAVE to have a new set of those when you time travel to a new era.
Next came the gathering of inspiration photos and pictures of antique garments. (All calling your name and saying “Make me! Make me NOW!”)
My budget and stash of patterns kept me at bay though. Fortunately it yielded an antique McCalls pattern that I decided to use for the bodice. By making a really expensive mockup.
The fabric is a yellow & white striped cotton seersucker. Yum. The bodice trim was cut from bright yellow silk (same as the belt) and covered with a 1.25″ flat lace and edged with a 5/8″ edging lace. All was hand tacked down to the bodice along the neckline and sleeves.
The skirt was made straight from Truly Victorian TVE21 1903 Trumpet Skirt. Each panel was cut separately (this was fun on the floor!) with the 6″ sweep train. Although I love the skirt, the train it can be a bit bothersome in a crowd. Next time this will be made with the street walking length. The skirt hem was finished with a 3″ facing from polished cotton.
The foundation skirt (aka lining) is made from China silk from Dharma Trading. The hem ruffle was gathered up using my machine gathering foot then mounted on by machine.
When I wore the dress in 2012 the bodice back opening did not have all the hook & loops yet so it was pinned shut for wearing. I finished tacking them in December 2013 to wear to a Downton Abbey Tea. I also made a down & dirty version of Wearing History’s 1910s Edwardian Blouse. That went together quite easily for a straight-0ut-of-the-box, need-now project. I want to make the blouse again in an allover lace and elbow sleeves.
Right, then! Now what’s next?….. I think an 1897 walking/sporting dress. 🙂
Don’t you love getting those old UFO projects finished?