A stunning dress on a beautiful woman! Well done. How do you top this? How did those Victorian women make those dresses without all our modern day machinery. Thanks, Marcia, for showing me this website.
This pattern has the vest built into the bodice. But you could easily make it without the vest, too. I never thought of it that way, until you mentioned it. But, ya, then you could wear a blouse with it, rather than the fitted vest. Cool idea!
Lovely! I've admired this jacket in the original historical drawings for some time now. The collar-less style allows the wearer to vary blouses and collars. A very versatile garment for a costumer's wardrobe. A great addition to your already excellent selection of patterns!
Thanks for sharing this. I have some cotton organdy that needs using up - so am very inspired by your dress.
I've also been wanting to get an embroidery machine for years but never did - and there is a used Designer 1 in the local shop - would you recommend this brand for your project?
I did use stabilizer under the edge. I cut narrow strips and just laid the fabric over the strip as I sewed. It worked so easily. I am using a water soluble stabilizer, so when I am done, it just melts away. Love the stuff. I did have to cut away the fabric after I sewed the strip. It was a bit tedious an nerve wracking to get the fabric trimmed as close as possible to the stitching. But I did it one evening while sitting in front of the TV so it went faster than I thought it would.
The gathering foot is awesome! I've had the ruffler foot for years, it actually tucks every stitch (or few, depending on how you set it) so the ruffles look pleated. But I'm getting just as beautiful results for my purposes with the much less complicated gathering foot. I'm using it on my old model Viking #1 Plus, with a stitch length of 6 and all the tensions left normal, and getting a 2 to 2.5X gather (depending on the fabric).
Love that Emerald, too, btw. Those and the D1 were my favorites to sell when I worked for the company. Guess I'm going to have to play with the stitches on the Designer for edging. Did you have to use a stabilizer to do that? Did you trim the fabric outside the scallops by hand after stitching? I'm always worried I'm going to clip a stitch and the whole thing will unravel! Your bodice is gorgeous. My imagination is a bit limited when it comes to trims!
And now's the time to seriously work on those Edwardian patterns. With all the hoopla and excitement over the Edwardian and 'teens gowns on Downton Abbey, there's very little to choose from on the market. Now. But the Big Three will probably jump on the bandwagon soon, like they did with other movies.