Photos taken at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, courtesy of my dear husband, Thomas.
I’m done! This pattern does not have the best instructions — not very clear in places, left details out until the end. Nothing that you can’t figure out if you read everything three times before starting and three more times as you go along. But it’s a real bother. Anyway, it’s complete, and now I
I’ve attached the bloomers to the blouse and done all the #@%&*! fiddly facing and belt bits. Very unnecessarily fussy, though I suppose it’s historical. Just didn’t seem practical to me to waste all that time on all the finishing bits when half of it will be covered by the skirt. Ugh. And there’s still
This costume had been in my head since 1993. That was when I first saw Folkwear’s Victorian bathers pattern. I wanted to make it, but in a gothy fashion. That Halloween, I found a black and white skull-print cotton and promptly bought five yards. Some plain black cotton and a smidge of black PVC would