Huzzah! Step one in the Grape Soda dress is finished! The last knot of thread on the underskirt was knotted about two hours ago! I am so excited!
Here is the Grape Soda monstrosity in all it's grape-y glory! What a mass of silk...I tried it on and boy was it fun to walk around in! I am still trying to decide how to do the bustle in the back. I have a few inspirations that I am pondering....I may just tie a know at the back like the fashion plate below!
Inspiration for the trim on the front of the skirt. I loved the pleat, ruffle, ruffle-with-two-edges-being-ruched idea. I don't have enough fabric to do the upper most ruffle, but I think my skirt looks fine without it. The inspiration doesn't have any ruffles on the back of the skirt/train, but I wanted them on mine as it would help keep the train "out" and not fold over on itself and also looks pretty!
Close up of trim. The dark band around the ruffle is the selvage. I LOVE silk that has the selvage as I am a lazy pleater/ruffler and if I can get away with not hemming anything, I totally will!!!!!!
Up next...apron and bustling. I am sure that this era of dress is supposed to have the apron/bustle sewn into the waist band of the underskirt, but I just didn't want to mess with it....
Be blessed my friends!