I feel I’ve been quite lazy not to have this completely finished yet- it still need the lower body stripe to be filled in at the sides.
I’m still in two minds about the top shoulder stripe as well. On the one hand I think it will be somewhat rugby-shirt-like, which is kind of the last thing someone as broad shouldered as myself needs, but on the other I don’t think it will look right to it’s period without. My other concern with the stripe is technical though, as it would be on an odd angle and may well not sit right. After having gone to great trouble to get the silk lying nicely against the wool (not an easy feat) I don’t want to cock it up by doing the shoulders poorly. I suppose I can always do them and unpick if they’re really terrible- the idea is to wear it under a cloak most of the time anyway, so the shoulders shouldnt show much.
ASs you can see my stripes are in pairs, and are not quite evenly spaced. The gap between the bottom set of stripes and the middle is much less than the gap between the middle and the top as I allowed for the gathering caused by the belt.
I promise that with the finished dress, not only will I use an entire lint roller before taking the pic (there’s like half a branston smeared on that thing at the moment) but I will post at least one of my inspiration pics (they’re on my other computer)
It amuses me enormously that a fair few people are going to look at this dress and assume my design choice was necessitated by a need to be parsimonious with expensive silk. In reality there are two and a half metres of silk here (the design meant a lot of offcuts to get neat rows of lions) and two and three quarter metres of wool. Although I got the wool as a remnant, buying hainsworths full price would actually cost more per metre than this silk- the same quality wool would also have been expensive in the medeival period. Basically, it would have been cheaper, a lot quicker, and considerably easier to make a silk dress!