From my craft experience the most important thing I’ve leant is not to rush, although it means I have to painstakingly fight against my passion or urge (or obsession?) to have things done. After my last blog entry about the La Mode Bagatelle Bodiced Petticoat, I have done some more research about the period regency look and decided the one I like the most. So the way I do my gathering is:
1) flat on the center part of the front panel,
2) some slight gathers under the princess line / bust line,
3) then concentrate most gathers on the back.
Examples include this 1805-1810 gown – cotton muslin, embroidered with white cotton, lined with linen:
And this 1812 fashion palette:
I then go on to complete the waistband of the petticoat. The pattern suggests to add a ribbon (petersham?) to the waistband to make it sturdier, but not so clear about where to how to sew this ribbon on? Also I don’t quite fancy the synthetic look of a petersham, so I have used a cotton tape instead, trimming the gathered layer a bit and then hand-stitched the cotton tape in place. Now the petticoat looks like this!
Well it’s not very perfectly gathered…but I can get on with it. 😛 After sewing the bars and hooks on, all left is the hem! Another question comes out – how should I hem it? I am tempted to go for the corded tack, and not so keen on the idea of adding ruffles as suggested by the pattern. But so far I have done nearly everything strictly according to the pattern (except for the material used for the ribbon in the waistband), and the outcome has been very beautiful. Maybe I shouldn’t risk to ruin it at the last step. 😛