So! I have been sewing, a bit. Mainly hat-making, actually. I do have a tendency to make the hat to go with a dress before I've done the dress...which sometimes means I don't have a dress, but means I always have a hat! :D Did a mockup of the dress bodice last week, cut out all the pieces, and started sewing them together, then got distracted this week by the hat.
Not based on any one particular hat, but inspired by a whole slew of fashion plates 1878-81. I used TV550, which was lovely to put together (as always! Truly Victorian patterns are great). Wired buckram base, covered in flannel then navy silk. Fairly slubby dupioni, which is not ideal, but I really needed to keep to the stash for this, and it was hard to pick something to go with my blue and pink dress! I have a lot of red scraps apparently...
Trimmed with more silk scraps: cream silk taffeta and pink striped taffeta (which might look familiar...), a vintage buckle and a white ostrich drab.
TM. The messy stroked gathers were totally unnecessary, considering the amount of time they took to do compared with how visible they are...but I like them anyway.
When I last posted, I hadn't finished the underskirt for the dress...
And here are some pics of the gown itself...very much a work in progress at this point!
I had 17" of 45" silk for the waistcoat. There was definitely piecing involved here!