Friday, January 16, 2015

Sneak Peek - Red Medieval Dress

Hey everyone!

So, this week I've been working on a semi-medieval styled dress.  I've been a bit stuck sewing wise, so I decided to pull out an older pattern and just start sewing something. So far, the dress is coming along nicely. But as you can see, I haven't yet decided on how the sleeves will be. I wanted a long drape to it however I'm uncertain exactly how I want to accomplish that. 

So here is my progress, for better or worse.

It's hard to see in these photos but the neckline/yoke has a darker pattern design on it (yes, those are pins holding the sides together).

And if you haven't guessed already, this is the same pattern as my "Archery" dress but without the skirt inserts.

So hopefully I'll have the dress finished soon and some better photographs.
Thanks for looking!

1 comment:

  1. I noticed you were pinning a lot of dresses on Pinterest recently. I thought you might be sewing something. I was right! I do the same thing before I sit down to sew, which often means my design time is cut in half. Pinterest is addictive!
    The dress is really pretty! What kind of fabric is that? It looks like a more matte satin or velvet/velveteen on the computer screen, but I can't tell.
    What I do for long flow/drapy sleeves is essentially cut out a triangle that is as long as the dolls arm.. That is part of the pattern. Then I make a short sleeve pattern, typically around 3 inches long, that fits with the dress and all, including seam allowance. You could just use a pre drafted one if it works with that dress. Then, tape the point of the triangle to the part of the sleeve that connects to the dress. Fill in the blanks to make it a big triangle. Add any seam allowance needed
    You could also do it like that if you wanted it to be, say, three quarters of a tighter sleeve and then flare at the end. You would have to take the short sleeve you drafted and make it into a 3/4 sleeve (add seam allowance!) or the length you wanted, then add a triangle. The size of the triangle would depend on how big you wanted the flair. Then finish the rest of the first paragraph. I hope that makes sense!

    Oh, BTW, I keep meaning to ask you if you will do a smocking tutorial like you did on the archery dress. I would love to learn how.

    Kathleen, who writes very long comments