I spent most of this evening in a most unglamorous activity: I made myself a crinoline. 9 yards of netting gathered and attached to 3 yards of netting gathered and attached to an organza underskirt. I loathe gathering, I don’t like working with netting, and I really didn’t want to make a crinoline, but it had to be done…so I did it.
Anyway, to floof or not to floof, that is the question. With apologies for the terrible photos (it’s hard to look your best when standing around in cobbled-together pillowcases), here is the coat with the crinoline:
And here is the coat without crinoline:
I am not gung-ho excited about either of them, but I think I like the floofy one better. I think if I toned down the fluffiness (aackpfft! Am I going to have to make ANOTHER crinoline??) a little it would look better, but I like the way the lines flow. It would also look better with dress pattern #1 from a few posts ago. I managed to find a copy of that pattern in my dress size, so I’m going to try sewing a muslin and trying it on, with the coat, to see.
Finally, despite the tremendous effort going into weaving the “plain” fabric, I’m starting to dream of lace. Not very much lace, but there is some in dress pattern #1, so I’ve been considering adding some Alençon lace in white and gold to the bodice and the overskirt edge, should I decide to use that pattern:
But first things first: before you get to the yummy laces you have to sew your muslins.
Tomorrow, pattern #1! I can’t wait to see how the off-the-shoulder dress muslin develops.