I’m rather excited about sharing these sketches and my fabric scheming with you for my Titanic dinner gown! I admit though, things are going a bit more slowly on the sewing-front than I would like. This is partially my own fault (I am being too much of a perfectionist with inside details that no one will seen!) and just wacky schedules of late. But SH has been a complete sweetheart about making sure I can get some sewing time in each day, and babysitting the puppy (who is definitely better at this point–he has so much energy!). Hopefully I will have some real progress to show you soon. But until then how about some pretty sketches???
Well, the sketches aren’t really that pretty–just quickie drawings–but they give the general idea. The fabrics I’m pretty excited about–except that it seems all I had in my stash and what I found is black and cream. I’m kind of bored of those two colors, but I don’t want to take a chance on a botched dye job to dye the silk charmuese. Plus it would mean buying new fabric for the satin underbodice. So cream and black it is! At least with the way I’m planning on layering fabrics, it comes off as a bit more exciting… I hope!
This is the first sketch I came up with. Nice, basic design. But it didn’t really get me super excited–and I wasn’t completely sure I’d have enough to do the slight train with the silk charmuese.
After browsing the MET digital collection late one evening, I found this 1913 Jeanne Hallée gown that I had been smitten with before and pinned it to my board, but it really caught my eye again. So I thought I’d just run with it! My gown tastes tend to veer more toward the 1913/1914 silhouettes anyway. I know this is a 1912 party, but I want to wear something I love. And 1913 silhouettes make me happiest, so that’s the way I’m going! I love the narrow, hobble skirt and draped portions, and the textures of the fabrics I’m using I think will look stunning.
Above is just the fabrics draped and pinned on my form–a rough idea of what the final gown will (fingers crossed) look like. Now to get back to work! I’m busy working on the under-bodice and skirt–which hopefully once those are done, it’ll be smooth (and quick!) sailing from here…