Saturday’s Gaskell was great! I missed the previous ball, so I was extra excited to get dressed up and dance.
As expected, I spent most of Saturday morning finishing up the last minute sewing. I’d already sewn both sleeves on, so the next big item was the bertha.
Michelle suggested a bertha in the same swag style as the overskirt, and I loved the idea but sadly didn’t have enough fabric. The only material I had left was a long, narrow strip and it just looked a little weird when I’d pull it up. Instead, I went with my next choice – a knife pleated, trimmed bertha heavily inspired by the Truly Victorian one.
A quick test of whether I’d even have enough fabric left. I was a little concerned that it would take away from the stripe matching on the bodice, but it seems to work out.
Next, I had to figure out which side of the fabric to go with and which orientation to use. I decided to put the thicker orange stripe on the outside to match the overskirt pleats and had a ague idea of framing the top stripe in some sort of trim. Luckily, the boyfriend has a good eye for adorable trims hidden away in the corner of Joann ribbon aisles.
I was very relieved to have bought two spools of the stuff because I had only inches to spare at the end of the first strip.
Of course, the ribbons are slightly different shades of brown. Also my framing the orange strip may be a little questionable in some places. But if you’re looking so closely that you can really tell the differences, then you’re in kicking range.
I hand sewed the bertha on in the car ride to Christina’s (machine sewing would have run over the boning in the front and been a real bitch with the gathered shoulder straps) and then sewed my skirt hooks on when I got there.
I was done! Except that I completely failed to make a modesty panel for the back of my bodice. Bah, details. We made due with a quick scrap of fabric and, so I’m told, there was only a small gap in the back.
Even though the dress is done, I’ll wait until I have some pictures of the full dress to make a finished post. It’s been too long since I was this excited about a finished dress and I think it may be my favorite ball gown (not difficult as I only have two).
Pictures soon (hopefully)!