Brown velvetstarted March 29, 2016. Finished April 23, 2016.
For my laurelling ceremony I want to wear aover my . I lucked upon a great deal on brown cotton velveteen at $3.20/yd. So I got 10 yards of it.
This is going to be a brown velvetwith a center front opening which will be held closed with hook and eye at the bodice (open on the skirt). The will have a waist seam and very wide sleeves (which can be folded back). The sleeves and the skirt will be lined in black cotton velveteen. The neck and the hem will also be bound with black velveteen. For this dress I’m going to use stuffed box pleats as shown in “The Queen’s Servants” page 46.
The sleeves will be very wide but I want the seam to be at the underarm (lined up with the side seam) and end up at the bottom of sleeve drop at the wrist. For the sleeve, I want a very wide sleeve which can be worn down (to the back of my knuckles) or can be rolled up partially(~3-4 inches) or half way up the arm. When rolled back I want the rolled back portion to sit flat against the sleeve it’s rolled up against. When I was fitting the sleeve I found the if I used a basic flared sleeve the rolled back portion didn’t sit flat. To fix this I updated the sleeve to go straight after it flairs out enough for the depth of the sleeve I want (see pattern).
Originally I thought I’d do a train.. but I finally decided against it. Realistically the number of times I’d wear thewith the train down is approaching one and it seems silly to spend time and effort developing a pattern for and then sewing a feature I’d never use.
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