As usual – plans changed and the timeline to make said costume became incredibly shorter than originally planned. I somehow thought that I could knock out a full costume in under a week…in the evenings only…after a full day of work…where I sew for 8 hours. Yeah…..right….
The cutting out the pieces took longer than planned – I really didn’t read the whole pattern as I usually do and I wasn’t aware of how involved and detailed the pattern was. (I should have known better)
From Andrea ... here we go into Marietta's mind. She comes up with clever ways to make the materials she has on hand work. AND what to do about problems that arise while working on a project. These are the skills acquired while making lots of theater costumes under tight deadlines! Brava, Marietta.
Below was her original plan.
My other “low on supplies” issue was not having enough of one fabric for the skirt. And even those two weren’t enough, so I had to add godets to fill the void.
I also changed the center front a bit too – This is where I spent a bit of money (less than $5) and went to the jewelry findings dept. at JoAnn’s for some beads that I could use for “grommets” instead of using the ribbon loops. Could have used boning at center front, but not 100% necessary.
From Andrea ... Hmmm, I think boning at the front matters if you are using lacing.
I did not add the studs called for in the pattern – Had I gone with a plainer fabric, I think it would have been needed.
size 14/16 at shoulders
size 16/18 at bust (with a 16 sleeve)
size 18/20 at waist
size 22 and beyond at hip.
I forgot the 14/16 at shoulders and ended up with some serious gap-age at the neckline.
I also did not want to add a zipper so I could use the underdress for other costuming events where that might matter…… And this is where the “almost” comes into play.
Time caught up with me and I was not able to resolve the neckline or closure issue in time for the big event. It didn’t help that it was POURING RAIN!!!!! Soooooo she did not make her debut – but I live in Portland now, so I am sure there will event where I can wear her.
Please get a photo when you do wear it. I and I bet many others will want to see you in it.
And thanks, Marietta, for writing this!