Seriously, I'm so excited about this I can barely stand it. Now I just need to figure out when I'll have time for a new project.
Here are pictures. It does come with a stand, but that is shipping separately.
I started with academic regalia, but I have since expanded into other areas.
|Bonnie Figured out that we needed support for the side rolls|
|hair wrapped around the rolls|
|Finished with comb, veil, and flowers|
|adding lace to the vaeil|
|I had to cut the lace in parts to handle the curves|
|Lace attached to the wig/comb|
|I had to construct it in two pieces: one sewn directly to the wig, and the other sewn to the comb|
|attaching the underveil to the wig|
|I made a test version of the sleeves. The sleeves were just a rectangle of fabric cartridge pleated at the upper edge and gathered at the elbow. I supported the pleating with a strip of batting.|
|Cartridge pleats marked & stitched|
|I trimmed the bottom edge of the pleats with some braided trim and added some leftover lace to the gathered elbow.|
|Everything together on the dressform|
|The gloves were a thrift store find. I sewed some trim from my grandmother's stash around the cuff.|
|After doing some quick research on period shoes, I decided that ballet flats would be a close analog. I did take the sparkly bows off, though.|
|The shoulders on my dress form are much wider than me. I am not concerned about the gap at the back... yet.|
|I've added a little bum pad to help create the line of the skirts in the portrait.|
|The second under-petticoat.|
|Two petticoats in one waistline.|
|It seriously stands up on it's own. For hours. Days possibly. The cat knocked this over in a cat fit of mystery fright.|