Piping the Shoulders?

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Piping the Shoulders?

Postby MaryGode » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:10 pm

I'm making the Pagoda Bodice and I've looked all over the web and this board, but haven't found any reference to piping the seam that joins the front and back shoulders. Is this because it isn't done? Any advisement appreciated!
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Heather » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:35 pm

I have only seen one dress with the shoulder seems piped. Mary Todd Lincoln's velvet dress is a wonderful example of piped dresses. I have read articles from Godey's that describe piped dresses being highly fashionable, with every seam and dart piped. There are good pics of this dress at http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/mary-todd-lincoln?before=1334551355
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby MaryGode » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:51 pm

What a stunner of a dress! I loves me some piping, but I never thought to pipe a dart. Thanks Heather!
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby gretagretchen » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:14 am

Oh the piped darts are quite nice. I'll need to try that some time.
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Andrea L » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:24 am

Is there evidence of a piping-happy dress in the 1870s or 1880s? I love me some piping, but I probably won't be making an 1860s dress anytime soon...
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Heather » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:31 am

Piping starts to disappear in the 1870s. With the wide spread use of the sewing machine, piping becomes a problem; you can't sew piping with a machine, it has to go on by hand. Back then anyway. However, it does sometimes get replaced with a flat, non-corded piping at facings and such.

The early 1870's uses a lot of contrast bindings, bias stripes, and trims. They can be amazingly complicated.
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Miss Cindy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:36 am

Is it my monitor or is one sleeve blue and the other purple?
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Heather » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:55 pm

The discoloration is most likely fading and tricks of the light on the velvet.
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Re: Piping the Shoulders?

Postby Jessa » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:02 pm

I see the color difference, too. It looks like one sleeve and both epaulets are a slightly bluer color than the rest. I also see color variation from what's almost certainly lighting and fading, but I wonder if those three pieces were replaced to restore the dress for display. That velvet would be extremely difficult to get a good color match on.

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