The sleeves are now officially trimmed. I decided not to go with the elaborate sleeves in the fashion plate. It just seemed like overkill, especially since the trimming I am doing on the neckline and on the skirts is simpler than the original design. All I did was add a wide band of box pleats to each cuff. It is simple, but enough.
Here is what I have left to do:
1. Finish futzing with the damn lining
2. Trim the neckline
3. Sew in the tapes to polonaise the skirt.
Wow...I'm almost there.
About a week and a half ago, I ordered some cotton organdy fabric from an E-Bay store. I had to go to the post office to pick it up, and after a hide-and-seek with the mailman (after he had been back up to the counter asking me questions 3 times, I heard him scream from the back, "OH!! I FOUND IT! IT'S FROM INDIA
." It would appear that mail from India has its own special place.) Anyway, it is gorgeous
. Very sheer and beautifully crisp. It also has a beautiful selvedge edge that I fully intend to incorporate into anything I use it for. Hooray for no hemming. I'm going to use it to make a fancy cap with lots of knife pleats to go along with the polonaise. I might make a kerchief as well, but the fabric may be a little stiff for that. I'm guessing organdy loses the stiffness if it is washed, right? Is there some sort of treatment on the fabric that makes it have that texture?
It was cheap too, only $4/yd (at 60" wide). If you're interested, it is from Exclusive Silks
(which has some other lovely fabrics, though I can't offer my opinions as I haven't bought anything else from them).