Friday, December 17, 2010

Feis dress

I have been working for months now on an Irish dance dress.  Here is where I'm starting the skirt.

Here I am trying out a pattern for the belt part.

It doesn't look like it on Meg, but the skirt was pretty straight across the bottom when it should curve like a smile.  And the shoulder hung off.  I ended up taking the bodice apart to interface the entire thing.  I thought stretch velvet would be better for a dance costume, but others told me it had to be interfaced to keep it's shape and to support the weight of the skirt.  Once I interfaced it, I still had to adjust the sleeve/armsceye a little bit.

Nearing completion.  The bodice is remade.  The skirt is remade to smile more.  Now to mark the correct length so I can finish the skirt and attach it to the bodice.

I still need to add boning to the skirt front, finish off the inside of the skirt and attach it to the bodice.  Resew in the zipper as it ripples.  And finish off the sleeve hem treatment.  The final thing will be the cape, which I haven't even thought about yet.  And only one more week until Christmas when I'm supposed to give it to her.