As she was last night, lurking in my sewing room...
I started taking pictures of the shift while I was making it, but left off pretty quickly, because none of this was anything new or complicated! I mean, how exciting is an in-progress shot of a petticoat?
Here are two rectangles. Sew them together at the sides...
Yeah, not very exciting.
The shift is made of a linen-cotton blend - for budget-trimming purposes, as it's a bit cheaper than pure linen. It's mostly sewn by machine, with only the neck and sleeve finishings done by hand. All the seams are flat-felled, because I wanted to make this entire outfit as if a real person were going to wear it, beat it up, wash it, etc.
|Followed the general shape of the Costume Close-Up shift, if not the cutting layout|
|Before putting the drawstrings in the sleeves|
The top petticoat is linen. The long seams and waist ties are sewn by machine, while the rest of it is done by hand.
|Not that I think anyone's going to inspect the waistband for machine stitching. I just find it easier to hand sew, since my machine inevitably flips at least one pleat over and then I have to pick it out. Annoying!|
Maybe even better, 'cause it's pink, and pink is fun!
It's lined in natural-colored linen, and completely hand sewn. I know I didn't have to, but I like hand sewing (have you met me?)! It's sewn using the 18thc construction techniques in Costume Close-up...except for the dodgy skirt attachment. That was all me, having caught teh dumbs that day, so I don't know how period it is! Looks fine though.
Robin's wonderful husband! Such a good sport. And they even drove it out to me this week so I could have it by today.
Part 2 here