Hello, all! Do not fret or be scared: this is just my typical look these days as I work through the thesis-writing stage of my degree. Every once in a while, though, I find a few hours to sneak away to my sewing room to dabble here and there; so I've been able to wrap up putting on some of the finishing touches of a Pet-en-l'air I've been working on since before Christmas. I find my mind and fingers need the break!
My lining is actually not very pretty to look at but having tried it on, it seems to do the trick. I was once again stalking The Fashionable Past's tutorials on the construction of the gown instead of using the JP Ryan pattern instructions. I even cut some pieces differently from the actual pattern because I felt going by a different set of instructions it might be easier to follow her fabric-cutting as well. I used a pretty light linen, so next time I know to use something a bit sturdier, but it is boned down the seams to help with the overall structure.
Since I was *just* doing the pet-en-l'air the first go-round, I decided to use a cotton fabric. For the full robe a la française I've been looking at the cotton damask from Renaissance Fabrics, or a lovely dark gray silk.
My pleats are not perfect this go round, nor are the robings down the front. I was having a rough time of it both school-wise and in the sewing room and just wanted/needed something to show for that day, though, so I stuck the pins in and stitched the fabric down where it wanted to lay. I was much happier when I attached the pleated trim to the edge because it kind of takes the eye away from any fudges.
I have stacks of new, pretty, fun fabric from my Christmas gift-card shopping sprees that are languishing in my stash but are definitely ear-marked for particular uses. In the upcoming months, I'd like to make a riding habit and an 18th century redingote, a la Kiera Knightly in 'The Duchess'.
Until next time...