The mockup is complete and I am progressing nicely on my final 1940s shirtdress for a play I'm in. However, before cutting into the fabric I began panicking about the striped design of the fabric. In my limited sewing experience I confess I have never worked with stripes and didn't know if it would ruin the stodgy, sophisticated design I was attempting for my character. It turns out stripes are manna from heaven! I loved having lines to follow, and through the cutting process I ended up discovering how many errors the original vintage pattern contained.
|Remember this mess from the mockup? Stupid perforations!!!|
The perforations for the pleats were off by as much as and inch and a half by the time I got to the hem. So, I just corrected a few things and voila:
I still need to hem the dress, finish the buttons and button holes and add snaps on the wrists of the sleeves. Also, I can't seem to find a belt buckle that isn't this God-awful leprechaun gold. So distracting, and I'm pretty sure not a wise thing to have on stage. Blinding the audience is usually a no-no.
Also, I am still debating about adding the period-appropriate bound buttonholes. I was inspired a few months ago when I saw a production of Light in the Piazza. They had the most beautiful dresses on display in the lobby including one that was very similar in design to my pattern. (See below!)
I couldn't resist getting up close and personal with those buttonholes. Exquisite! I am pretty sure I will regret not doing them, but it may just come down to a time issue as there is slightly more memorization involved in a two-person show.
Now about that hat...