Ok, so it's not ruching. But I cannot for the life of me remember the correct word and googling "Ruched synonym" is not helping me out at all. So, for the sake of my sanity and this post, we shall refer to it by its incorrect name. Perhaps one of my lovely friends will help me out and offer up the correct lingo!!!
It's DONE!!! And I couldn't be happier! My brain is swollen and bruised as I had to use the dreaded four letter word....MATH (mental abuse to humans....) and draft my own patter for the yoke. Why? Because I insist on being difficult. That's why. Anyhoo, after only two mock ups (thank heaven for small miracles!!!) I was able to get the correct placement and measurements to cut into my sparse silk chiffon and have it work! I think it worked out splendidly! There was very little wailing and gnashing of teeth, so there is that.
I'm at a stand still with this dress until next week, when I am hoping and praying that the other silk comes in. Remember Harriet? Yaaaaa..she's still mocking me. Conceited old cow. Can you tell I'm tired? I actually am very tired. I think using math is not good for my health.
Ruffly collar and orange blossom corsage is just pinned on until the rest of the silk comes in...or I have to hem the strips I have to make the ruffle.
I about cried when I got all the gathering strings all gathered up and it actually looked good!
I pinned my Victorian mother-of-pearl hand brooch at the base of the collar. I didn't like it there, so moved it up to about the middle. You can see that in the next photos...
The front is going to be so wonderfully ruffly and fluffy!
I also got the puff at the back of the neck completed. If I have some left over of the new stuff with the selvage, I will make a new one. For now though, this one will have to do.
Oh ya, and I completed the waist bow thingy. Huzzah!
So, now I sit and wait and pray and work on Mama's bodice and hat! I am so happy that I am this far complete with the dress! OH!! I do have to bone the inside seams, but that is easy-peasy!! And I have to do something with the sleeve hem....still pondering that.
Have a wonderful rest of you week everyone!
Oh my ruffles and stars! SO MUCH WORK! I send you virtual scones and tea my friend. This is so very dreamy! Prayers for the postal powers that be to hurry right along and deliver your silk promptly!ReplyDelete
Yes...it was so much work! And it exhausted me! hahahahaha! Thank you for the virtual scones and tea! I love them! And thank you for the prayers!Delete
Gina, I am in absolute AWE...this may be one of my most favorite of your creations!!! Stunning, really and truly. A bride then, and now, would be soo very happy to wear this beauty. Congratulations! We'e all been enjoying your weeks of hard work on your bridal program, and I cannot wait to see it completed!! Keep inspiring us, Anneliese :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Anneliese! I am pretty smitten with this dress, even with its simplicity! I am happy that you are enjoying my postings on this huge project, as I don't want to drive people nuts with my going on about it! You are a blessings!Delete
Shirring?????!! That's the only other term I can think of! In any case, this is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. WOW. I literally think yours is prettier than the original. Amazing job, Gina! You are such a talented lady!!!ReplyDelete
Oh! I think that may be it! Yes!!! Thank you so much for that and the compliment Esther! And WOW!! Prettier than the original!! Huzzaaaaaah!!!!!Delete
Hahahahaha!! Love it! Look at all those exclamation points! You are a rock star Emily!Delete
The shirring is just beautiful! I hope someday to see this in person. XoReplyDelete
I agree with Esther that it is shirring, and can I volunteer to be your model for this??? As in, can I wear it all day every day for at least a week?!?!? Preferably in a proper historic home, but with modern photographic equipment. :) :) It is one of the prettiest reproductions I've seen. Nothing "simple" about it, except for how it is not too "cluttered", if you will, and each lovely element shines. But then again, I LOVE the 1890's, and am currently studying out **1893** in particular, and there is nothing better than historic, Victorian bridal gowns. :) :) Oh, and no, you never can share too many posts on this with us!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
I volunteer as Backup Model No. 2. ;) Sarah is right - this dress is just absolute perfection!!!!! You're making me want an 1890s wedding gown someday!!Delete
Looking lovely, Gina!ReplyDelete