In my quest for a dress done as correctly as possible I've looked at what seems like hundreds of photos of other ones and I guess things started to get a little mixed up in my head. As a result, it took me about 3 or 4 different times to get the front panel of the skirt pleated just so. The fabric itself pleats beautifully and creates a lovely effect that I can't seem to capture on my phone's camera.
Here are the side pleats looking ever so lovely... or so I think. I'm really excited that my pocket slits have lined up well with my underskirt and allows me to access the panniers very easily. I really hope that I remember to add them to the quilted petticoat I'm making or else all that extra stitching will be for nothing!
I'm pretty happy with everything at this point. I have some hidden eyelets in the bodice lining (yes, handstitched!) that allows me to tighten the dress closed. I have not even begun to really narrow down on a stomacher pieces at this point and I also know that I have hours and hours of creating and applying trim in front of me.
I'm so in love with the back pleats! I can see how Watteau fell in love with painting them. There's something so lovely about how the fabric drapes gracefully down the back. For a while, the whole notion of how the pleats stayed in place completely eluded me until I started working on this dress. With the front pieces tied nice and tight, the whole bodice comes together perfectly (which I rarely say about anything coming out of my sewing room) and the rest falls into place.
It does look so plain now in the pictures, but I know once I add all the other bling it will truly begin to shine.
Right now I'm breathing a sigh of relief that the pleats are finally in place and the front bodice pieces are sewn onto the lining. I still have about another month of work left ahead of me (if my current state of progression is any indicator), but I have now completed one of the bigger hurdles of the whole project.
My question to you guys, if you all wouldn't mind helping me, is thinking of another color that will add just a little pop of something. I will have pearls and self-fabric trimmings but I was wondering if I could incorporate another shade or totally different color to the dress without it looking garish.
Until next time...