While at Kent State a few weeks ago, features of a beautiful wool ensemble caught my attention and are the inspiration for my most recent project, a tucked linen blouse and skirt. My goal was not to copy the gown but to borrow design elements from the original which I found most appealing. I very much liked the catch-stitching on the bodice, cuffs, and skirt, and the Irish lace across the bust, shoulders, and collars of the blouse - simple elegance, and techniques I would like to use in future projects. What I most adored about the original is the tucking work, across the bodice front and back, along the sleeves, and along the gores of the skirt. For my ensemble, I extended the tucking on the sleeve and on the skirt to their full length, where if you will notice on the original, the tucking is extended only mid-way:
|~Juno (aka "The Bug") is not amused!~|
Right now, I am working on two more Edwardian slips, one from a champaign colored silk and another from white cotton. I plan on using both of these slips as foundation garments for two gowns I have planned. Already, I am making plans on extending my attic closet racks (Is there EVER enough space?)!
Blessings and happy sewing!