I hemmed the 12th nite gown on New Year’s Eve before the obligatory visit to a party (followed by champagne in the hot tub at home ;-). However, I took the cheater’s way out on that hem — my pal, Steam-a-Seam. Aw yeah. Because done is better than perfect.
Which also left me time on New Year’s Day to make the rather essential corded petticoat to hold out the petticoat-that-shows (which I’d made earlier on NYE day from that black & white embroidered silk). I scrounged some cherry-colored faille from The Stash & used the Spanish farthingale pattern from The Tudor Tailor. I’d already scaled this up to make an actual farthingale for my 1580s gown years ago — the pattern works pretty well, although it’s came out a touch long on me (bad math), so I fixed that in this rev.
Otherwise, I made it up the same way, just using cotton rope from Orchard Supply Hardware instead of the heavy steel cables I used in the farthingale. And somehow I ended up with three rows of cording instead of four, but whatever, it works. I used black grosgrain ribbon for the casings instead of pleating the cord into the skirt, as is often done on Victorian corded petticoats — this went a hell of a lot faster & looks kinda cool, imo. A few pleats in the front & back of the waistband, ribbon waist ties, & she is done. This item should come in handy for other outfits too, so I’m glad I had time to make it.
I also made some random braided hairpieces decorated with pearls. I’m still not sure how I’ll do my hair for 12th Night, but I figure braids will help. I know English 16th-century hair, but not Italian, so I’ll throw myself on Kendra’s mercy. And bring my pornstar hair as backup!
Hmm… wonder if I’ll have time / inclination tonight to make a new girdle? Let’s not get carried away…