Looks nice, doesn't it? I'll be giving you more information as I get it about international releases and such things, as well as (of course) a nice giveaway.
And below, I would like to show you the first gown made from a RWD pattern!
|Riley never looks at the camera|
The entire gown, apart from the side and back lining (which is a white linen/cotton blend I had on hand), is silk taffeta from Renaissance Fabrics. The original was in a light blue, which would make it more appropriate for evening dance situations, but. This is my color.
It's definitely not perfect and there are a few things I'd like to fix (like all those wrinkles ...) but overall I'm very happy that I managed to get a nice wide, square neckline that clings to my corset straps, and to make a smooth bodice front with only very small darts.
When I started making this gown, my basic thought was just "I'm so glad I found that half-finished corset, now let's make a dress!" This pattern appealed to me because it's so simple, with the only decoration a tuck down the front and around the bottom of the skirt - and then when I started scaling it up, I realized that I barely needed to enlarge it, which was extra nice.
It never really occurred to me that I was making this in order to dance with a local group of English Country Dancers, so maybe a train is not the best thing to have? I don't think it came to mind until I was actually at a dance, with no pin at hand to keep the train up, so I had to do the best I could with my hands. (There are two pins in the corset, to keep the busk in at either end, because I never got around to finishing it - that's more important than holding the train up!) No regrets, I'll make a proper ball dress at some point.