I planned this project with, I hope, meticulous precision. We’ll see…(she muttered, giggling madly). ANYway, my planned steps for this phase and progress thus far are:
1. Determine cord length needed and purchase upholstery cord. This is for the underskirt. I have done this, purchasing 12 yards of ½ cord at JoAnn’s. Cord is boring. Pics when I document the under-skirt.
2. Set up workbook, print pdfs as needed. My workbook is proving to be better as a virtual than an actual object. I printed off Bella’s amazing camicia directions, again. I must have seven printouts somewhere in my various places. (The link is here for any poor deprived souls who haven’t seen it).
3. Camicia construction YES! Success. Messy, slapdash, machine-created, but DONE. See below for notes
4. Dress pattern cutting. Um. Kinda not. Not sure it’s needed
5. Dress draping with muslin. The bodice fit is the crucial bit for me. This was achieved with the assistance of my partner in crime wonderful friend Dianne Stucki. The back of Kass McGann’s Fruitseller dress in the size that Dianne cut for herself fits me kinda perfectly. The front, less so, but that’ solvable.
6. Work on roped underskirt. I’ve planned and plotted. Some info below, will leave elaboration for either a future update of potential blog post (said blog is not actually live yet).
7. Fabric prep. Washed linen, leaving the wool alone. I adore the hand, it is not for anything close to daily wear, and spot-cleaning is something I’m tragically good at. I eat like Cookie Monster, through no fault of my family or good influences.
8. Find pocket fabric in stash. Um. Maybe. I’m being indecisive. I have a really pretty dark red damask. My reasoning is that my well-off working woman might have a lovely pocket in some too-expensive-for-a-dress fabric.
9. Find roped underskirt fabric in stash. Done! I have a drawstring skirt that was whipped up in a frenzy one morning before faire and fell really short of my expectations. I disliked it as an underskirt from its moment of creation. As a ROPED underskirt? The ills (too heavy, no drape, weird weave) become virtues. So yay.
10. May 1 progress report completed and sent by April 30. (Wow. Self-reflexive much? Oy.)