Despite a record-breaking 102 degree heat yesterday, I finished the dress. All trimmed up with super-cutesy ruffles, also hemmed. Used the ruffler foot (always tricky, but when it works, it’s freakin’ awesome) to make the trim. Oh, and the strip of white cotton I used for this trim? It was excess cut off from the petticoat when I hemmed that. Being short has some advantages.
Could add ties or hooks for polonaising, but could also just use safety pins. Got this idea while laying in bed trying to sleep (I get a lot of costume ideas then) to add poufy rosettes where the skirt is pinned up, a la this gown at the V&A. Would use white cotton for the rosettes and accent with some of the silver music note and instrument charms I bought a while back. Could also add some of these charms on the bodice, with or without similar rosettes. Will leave that to the last-minute, as I have more pressing matters to work on — namely, Thomas’ costume!
Sewed up his waistcoat yesterday, and it fits nicely. Still need to make a jillion buttonholes, then sew on the buttons (did I buy buttons already? where’d they go?). Today, if I can stand the heat, I’ll cut out the pieces for his breeches. Mad props to Donna for copying the Simplicity Jack Sparrow pattern in a larger size for me! I’d bought it smaller for myself, then decided to use it for Thomas’ outfit. He is, of course, a bit bigger than I. Local fabric stores were all out of that pattern, so Donna saved the day.