|Pinning all the bodice ruching to a self-bias strip to cover seam allowance.|
I am now in the process of constructing a sheer Regency dress to go over my bodiced petticoat. I am using the Sense and Sensibility pattern again, but have altered the bodice by adding an extra 4 inches to the center so that I can ruche it uniformly across the front. This was by advice from my friend Jennifer Rosbrugh over at HistoricalSewing.com. She's amazingly creative!
I had my husband measure out the back of the dress so I know how much overlap I will need for the buttons. I know that buttons for this time period must only be cloth-covered or wooden. Would it be a BIG mistake to add these pearly buttons instead?
Oh, and I am TERRIFIED to use my machine's button-holer! How do I ensure they come out the same size?? Now that I have my bodiced petticoat finished, I should be able to try on the ensure outfit without much assistance! :-) More pics to follow!