So far I've made undergarments and an armistice blouse which I'm planning to complete with a walking suit, but the most progress I've made with the evening dress. I thought I'd share some of the in progress photos now, but leave the final reveal and in detail post for later, possibly until December. We are planning to dine in grand style on the 6th of Dec., the Independence day, so I won't show the whole dress until then :)
In preparation for this particular dress, I rounded up some fabrics from my stash, recycled some pieces for the under layers, and bought some new fabrics too.
I had this second hand embroidered saree I had bought ages ago:
|The colour is yellower than what the photos show.|
I used the unembroidered bits of it plus some taffeta and satin I had in stash for the undermost layer of the dress:
|The petticoat doesn't actually show like this, the hem of the dress is just clinging oddly.|
I have this one extant evening dress from 1914 that I'm using as my reference and inspiration, and it had a lace midlayer, so I followed suit. I bought sequined lace fabric on Etsy and I have since sewn more sequins and beads on it.
|The front of the dress.|
|The lace layer covers the front closure of the underdress.|
|The lace layer of the bodice attaches to one side with press buttons. I officially love those things after all the hooks and eyes and ribbons and pins that come with 18th and 19th centuries' clothing...|
|Half of the lace bodice on the front of the dress is not attached to the hem.|
|The back of the bodice. I like how the pattern on the lace lined so nicely with the darts.|
|I've added extra beads and bigger, shinier sequins to strategic places on the lace. More bling, I say!|
The top layer of the hem, train and part of the sleeve I made out of the embroidered bits of the saree.
There's also a sash in contrasting colour.