Ok, I finally got started on this gown! Here’s a pic of the pattern when it arrived about a month ago:
I started by cutting out about 50 pattern pieces, which took me two weeks on & off. The bodice alone has 9 pattern pieces, and since I need to cut facing, interfacing and lining, that was 27 right there! Here’s a pic of me getting started on the cutting. I decided to go with a green velvet instead of purple, because it looked better against the gold.
I had to be careful ironing the interfacing to the bodice pieces, because the silk dupioni tends to crinkle under high heat and steam. There are still wrinkles there that I haven’t figured out how to get rid of. Here’s the beginning of the bodice, with some red trim I found that looked absolutely divine against the gold and green fabrics:
And here, many many hours later, is the finished bodice, front and back:
I’m not sure what went wrong when I cut out the pattern pieces, but as you can see from the back view, the pieces were uneven even though I matched the notches perfectly. Oh well, There’s a reason why I cut them out a bit bigger than the pattern.
the thing that really bugged me was that the green collar was uneven. See how the right side is narrower and ends a bit higher than the left side. Well, after a bit of puzzling, I decided to hand sew the left side to be just as narrow and high as the right side. Here are a few pics:
And the finished bodice, with even collars:
Next up – the sleeves! These are of gold dupioni with green velvet accents and red trim. Now, the green velvet was supposed to be puffy, but the velvet fabric was so thick and the dupioni so thin, I didn’t see a good way to affix the velvet puffs to the sleeve in a manner that wouldn’t rip the thread or eventually tear the sleeve.
Here’s what the puffs would have looked like. I definitely needed stronger thread, because what I used ripped twice while I was trying to gather the velvet. That’s when I gave up.
More to come later!