Now, I am all about economy of time! If there is a product or tool that can save me time and effort, and get me that much closer to "done", it works for me. Some of you will be aghast at the lining - Pinked! Not Finished! Well, that's where "Fray Check" comes in. After pinking, when I am ready to set the bodice down for the night, I run a fast, narrow layer of Fray Check around both pinked edges to stop fraying. I like the look of pinked edges, so this works for me and saves me time.
Another fun time saver is my electric Pinking Tool, by Dural Pinker. It's old, but still does the trick. I can pink out a yard in under thirty second. So, onto day four which was all about detailing out the bodice, hemming the voluminous skirt. I dilly-dallied all day on it, but finally got both done to my satisfaction.
Day Five was all about accessories. The Fanchon Cap, the Straw Bonnet, the reticule, and the Bows. Now, an arcace terminology is the "Sumptuary Law" or "Blue Laws", which dates back to Renaissance times, but has been running throught American History even into current times! (The Marajuna Inititives are considered "Sumptuary" as of 2012) Sumptuary Law prohibited the use of luxurious items by creating a "Sumptuary Tax", thereby only the "rich" could afford the "luxury". One of those luxuries of the Civil War era would have been Lace. So, to stay within my "persona", I did use some vintage Torchere Lace on the edging of my Straw Bonnet, some Irish Lace on my matching Fanchon Cap, as well as a silk blend lace on the bodice (sleeves, cuffs, and neck), the balance of my detailing was "self fabric" using my handy "pinking tool". The Straw Bonnet is Vintage, and it certainly had that setback on the head shape. I made the Fanchon Cap to match the Dress with matching fabric, but I wanted to bonnet to me more neutral in case I wanted to wear it with another ensemble. I worked it so that I could wear both pieces together, or to wear seperately to create two finished looks.
|Fanchon Cap for an "Indoors" look|
|Cap and Bonnet for an "Outdoor" look|
All in All, it was a great sewing project, and I can certainly recommend the pattern for ease of use if you are advanced beginner/intermediate or better seamstress, or even an ambitious beginner! The day was wonderful, the weather was beautiful, and it was simply an all-around great event! This is the Link to my full set of photos for the day:
Please check back again soon. I am going to try to make a more consistent effort! Thank you for visiting!