The dress is an off the shoulder affair, a size or two too big, with pleated details.
|You can notice that the shoulder strap is pinned about an inch to keep it from falling off, and the pleated detail of the skirt. Also, I really need to clean that mirror.|
So I did just that. After removing the few points where the lining was secured to the seam allowance, I used my seam ripper to remove the zipper. Then I separated the top from the bottom, careful not to break the thread so I'd have it for the stitching later. After the skirt was freed, I whip-stitched the zipper opening shut.
|The crappy, uneven stitches in the middle of the photo are mine.|
The Challenge: #13 Under $10
Fabric: Fuchsia colored silk
Pattern: I used this guide by A Fashionable Frolick: http://fashionablefrolick.blogspot.com/2011/04/threaded-bliss-tutorial.html (For some reason blogger isn't letting me do links.)
Year: 18th century, but likely to be worn for a number of periods, if only for the rustle.
Notions: Matching thread obtained from original dress, burgundy ribbon left over from another project.
How historically accurate is it? In styling, very. It has a narrow hem, slits for pockets, and heavy pleating. However, since I didn't deconstruct it and remake it by hand, it also has machine stitching, serged edges, and polyester ribbon as the ties. I'd say it's about 70% accurate, since you'd have to look at the wrong side and hidden edges to notice it's machine made.
Hours to complete: Three and a half.
First worn: For the photo shoot
Total cost: If you include the ribbon $7. If you don't since it was leftover from a previous project, $4. I am a thrift store ninja.