I am actually shocked that this gown was completed this month. There were many days when I thought I should just stop trying and quickly find something easier to make for this challenge. But I persevered and finished it Tuesday night!
For this challenge I used some beautiful light blue fabric that had been left over from a custom order that didn’t go through, so I thought this would be a great use of the material. Following the creation of the pattern and the extra difficulty of only being able to “shop” in my sewing room, the gown slowly but surely began to take shape.
All one piece, this gown features a false front skirt that ties about the waist and underneath the back portion of the skirt. I struggled with the inner lacing as I was reduced to taking old ribbon and the small amount of boning I had to create the lacing panels. I am not happy with them…at all. But again, be creative was the theme! The collar looked great before I turned it out and pressed it. The points were no where near as clean as I have made in the past…so again, not the happiest.
Overall, I am pleased that I finished the gown and am really looking forward to my plan for next month!!
Here is the info:
The Challenge: # 3 – Stash Busting
Fabric: 8 yds light blue cotton blend, 1 yard white muslin
Pattern: Based on an 1780 round gown as seen in Janet Arnold’s book
Notions: 5 yards of cording, 1 yard wide ribbon, 1 yard boning, thread, snap tape, and twill tape
How Historically Accurate is it?: Fairly accurate, although due to only using items from my current stash, not all the notions used would be appropriate
Hours to Complete: 25 Hours
First Worn: Not yet…hopefully soon!
Total Cost: $0