Okay, I think – think! – we’re getting somewhere.
This is the second toile with the adjusted bodice and a belt worn to see how the dress comes together. My immediate thoughts:
- We’ve shaved too much off the depth of the bodice. I need to add an inch back on.
- I may take the bodice in a wee bit more at the side seams.
- I’d planned on wearing this dress with flat ballet pumps because of my terrible feet, but now I wonder if it would be a tragedy not to wear something with a heel.
- I’ve decided what I’m doing with the petticoat! (FYI, I’m wearing two other skirts beneath this toile to approximate the fill supplied by a petticoat.)
Yes, this really does show the extraordinary merit of making a toile. Not only fine tuning the fit, but understanding how you’re going to wear the dress.
Thank you all so much for your petticoat suggestions. You linked to some fabulous tutorials, but it quickly became clear that a time-consuming make with metres and metres of organza or net was probably going to give me a nervous breakdown in the month of June. I’ve ordered a cotton petticoat from the House of Olivier after Shabby Chic Sarah suggested them. Thanks, Sarah!
I’m trying not to dwell on the fact that my petticoat costs more than my fashion fabric! There is some logic here, honestly. I wasn’t convinced that I’d get more than one wear out of a frothy (and scratchy) net petticoat, but I could imagine wearing a beautiful cotton petticoat again and again beneath circle skirts just waiting to be made.
So my plan for the B5605 dress is:
- cotton petticoat
- horsehair braiding in the hem of the main skirt
That’s the plan. Let’s see what happens!
I was concerned that a cotton petticoat would catch on a cotton skirt, but from this evening’s experiment with wearing two cotton skirts beneath a cotton skirt (keeping up?!) I should be fine.
This is all a long-winded way of saying that I think I’m ready to cut into the rose print cotton. Would you agree? Oh, and hems! The toile isn’t hemmed. What do we think to where the hem length is falling? I’d be really grateful for opinions on any detail of this toile because it’s half term at Morley College this week and I’m away next week, which means:
TWO WEEKS WORK ON THIS DRESS WITHOUT A GUIDING HAND.
Garghhhhh! Dresses. When did they become so complicated?