Absolutely exquisite. Wonderful work, thanks for sharing
That looks awesome. Love the center back motif.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful and expert journey for your dress of a lifetime. Absolutely beautiful, elegant and I love the color. I did not expect any less from you.
Of course the most important is why you are making this outstanding gown -
Best wishes for many hears of marital bliss - later next year.
Wonderful start- I actually quite like the ‘couture’ method of hand basting all the pieces together rather than overlocking, but I’m a Luddite! I look forward to seeing the next instalments. How exciting!
Catherine, definitely take your measurement with your corset on. It should create a definite waistline where you can measure from. For modern wear. I have the same issue. My waist is just above the roll created by years of garments too low and too tight over the hip. Typically, the heavier a person is, the higher the waistline is. Just a fact of the human body.
As a test as to where your waist really is, put on an elastic waistband skirt or something similar. Move around a bit, bending and siting, and see where it wants to sit after a while. If you find that you are pulling the skirt downwards then you know that your waistline is at the higher level, and not where you think it should be.
thank you for a most useful blog post - I am about to start work on my next project and this information will help me get a better fit.
I do have a question though.
In non-historical clothing my waist is quite low, down near the hips. Where you describe the waist placement, I have a “roll” as I am not perfectly slim. The smallest point on my body is actually the “modern” waist. I am starting with the skirt [TV 292], I picked the size using my “modern” waist measure and placement But should I remeasure wearing my corset and select a waist point about 2 inches over my navel. [I don’t have much of a waist unless I tighten to a very uncomfortable level]. thank you for any advice. Catherine
Dear Heather, Congratulations to you both for finally making your decision to marry. Both Bill and I wish many years of happiness. Please show lots of photos before and after. Sincerely Pam and Bill TAINSH (AUSTRALIA)
Thank you for giving us the ability to watch your designing process! This will be an inspiring journey to observe.
Not only am I soooooo excited for you to be marrying your soulmate, I am beyond excited to watch your dress come together. I know it’s going to be as spectacular as you are.
This is going to be so beautiful. And so fun to see it happening.
I’ll bet you’ll love using those Truly Victorian patterns.
This is going to be SPECTACTULAR!!
Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!
Wow! So excited to be able to follow the process from start to finish.Am looking forward to learning all kinds of great tips from the mistress of Victorian!
Heather, lordy lady you’re an incredible seamstress !!! The piece is looking absolutely georgeous…..please email me a picture of the finished outfit.
I live in a 300 year old house that has been passed down thru the family, mother to daughter since it was built. I found hundreds of documents and household items, furnishings and amazingly some clothing items in attics and trunks. I have become obsessed with making some clothing of the 1800’s to wear “around the house” when I’m in the mood….just to see what it must have been like to do chores in some of the period clothing. Luckily the little town I live in in Ms. has historical celebrations all the time so I will have ample opportunities to wear some of the period costumes that I plan to either buy or make myself. ( my town, Liberty is 300 years old as well !!! )
Anyway…..so appreciate your interest and talents in one of my newest passions….keep up the good work….please be sure to post pictures of the finished piece !!!