new frock

So it’s taken me almost a week to handsew the basic frock (handsewing silk always seems to take twice as long as wool because it’s so much less forgiving)

As you can see I haven’t touched the neck yet, it barely goes over the dummy, so I haven’t treid it on yet.

But it looks a lot nicer than I thought it would. I was wondering why I bought this silk for a while (other than “omg, silk, silk silk!”) but now I’m starting to like it again, even though it’s not as full in the skirt as I originally thought it was going be because the direction of the pattern meant I couldn’t reverse the panel without ending up with upside down birdies.

I want to put a panel round the collar. UNfortunately it will have to be dark red silk because that’s all I have, but I can’t decide whether to use some gems I have leftover to make a band similar to the one on my bliaut, or whether to do a pearl border like the one in the drawing, which is based on an architectural border.

But I have to decide in the next few hours, because whatever I do has to be done by the weekend.

And yesterday it was apparent that real men do thier paperwork from bed when the office manager claims the chair.

~ by opusanglicanum on August 1, 2018.

6 Responses to “new frock”

  1. Silk is a bit tricksy at times, but it’s going to look wonderful!

  2. Oh, do the gems. Pearls would be far too subtle, and we don’t want any of that, do we?

  3. So beautiful. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  4. It already looks fabulous! I second the gem option 🙂

  5. Your own advice in such cases would be “better overdressed than too subtle” (my phrasing, but your advice in an older post). So here’s another voice for the pearls.

    If they are faster to do then that’s another point pro gems.

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