I managed to almost make this challenge on time. Much closer at least.
I’ll confess that the art part of this challenge was difficult for me. I very much twisted this challenge to suit my needs. So I found a few paintings that more or less correspond to my project. To be quite honest, I’m ready to move on. To start on some fun summery dresses and things I can wear in my real life.
There’s the painting that I referenced in my last post. This and the following one are more or less is about the bodice and shirt.
I used this picture to help me decide where to put the hem of the skirt.
Look at that red! It’s so close to my chosen fabric.
Besides the super heavy (a.k.a. difficult) upholstery fabric I used, this was a pretty basic skirt. I followed the pattern pieces exactly, didn’t use interfacing, and used hooks instead of a zipper. The waistband proved unwieldy going through my sewing machine (the three layers of upholstery fabric almost didn’t fit under the presser foot) so I’ve definitely sewn straighter lines before. Otherwise it went together quickly and easily.
With only a week left of the school year, things have been busy. A school dance, field trips, project grading, a talent show, end of the year grades, and Florida Folk Festival all conspired to delay any sewing projects.
The finished project with everything put together.
From the front I look a bit thick waisted, mostly because I once again made something that laces so that it meets in the middle. And then lost weight.
The Challenge: Art
Fabric: dark red upholstery fabric, there’s most certainly unnatural fiber content
Pattern: Simplicity 3809
Notions: size three hooks and eyes, red heavy duty thread
How historically accurate is it? The skirt follows the rest of this outfit, which means not very.
Hours to complete: About 5?
First worn: For pictures today, but I plan on wearing for real at the next Renaissance Faire.
Total cost: The fabric cost me about $40, the thread about $3, and the hooks came from the stash.