Pics: lining, draping, buttons – and me…

I know I’m a bit late adding these, but I haven’t gotten much further in the progress anyway so I guess it’s allright, hehe ;P
   First we have the fabric choice for the lining of the pet-en-l’air; I had an old linen sheet with a middle seem that my mother or grandmother had colored minty green for some reason. When I asked my mother if I could have it, at least 5 years ago, I had in mind to use it for somethin midieval or what ever, but I never got to it. I realized it was perfect for this project. The fabric left over is enough to make an under petticoat too. ;D

Minty linen

This is the pieces cut out:


And this is the back part with lacing (ignore the colors! ^^;). I actually got two spring boning pieces (?) I found at Robbie’s grandmother’s that I put in there! ;D

back lacing

Detail, you know me, love little details no one will ever notice! XD


I actually used the machine for the seems… ^^;

inner seem

This is the draping in the back, this is all made by hand:


On the picture above one sleeve is also attached. This is where I was thinking of putting in a picture of me trying the whole thing out. But you’ll have to keep your pants on until you’ve seen my first try at embroidered buttons. ;P I used both cotton and flax threads, but the colors were too perfect and I am cheap as allways!

This first one is a bigger version than I’m going to use for the per-en-l’air, I was just trying it out. =)

big button

Then I tried to come up with an actual design I am going to use, on a smaller button, this is the result:

small button

It’s about 1.5 cm in diameter, it sounds big, but it’s not that big really.
Oh, and here’s a test I did just to see how it would look with that gathered trim I was talking about (don’t know if it shows very good):


Now to the part I guess both all of you and I have been waiting for: me trying the whole thing out! Before you have a look I just want to say that the “stomacher” is just some fabric I have pinned on, the lace in the neckline is still not attached to shifts but rather tucked down there to demonstrate how (I hope) it will look. The goldish fabric underneath is the fabric I’m going to use for a petticoat, wrapped around my waist. And just ignore my tries to hide bathroom stuff behind cheezy ornaments! XD And I knoooow the sleeves look short, ignore that too please – I’m going to fix it! XD


 Wow, I really have to practice my pinning skillz – it’s haaaard! =´´´( Tips?

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10 Responses to “Pics: lining, draping, buttons – and me…”

  1. Vivien Says:

    Ah you can really see it taking shape now!! It’s looking so lovely!! The embroidered button is adorable by the way.

    I really cant wait to see the whole outfit together!

  2. Jenny-Rose Says:

    This is going to be so lovely! You are making me want a new pet en l’air now.

    That is just mean. 😛

  3. mme Berg Says:

    Oooh, it’s drawing closer! It’s almost like following someone’s pregnancy – LOL!

  4. Clare Says:

    This is looking super-pretty – I love those buttons so much. Am in awe of your attention to detail – it’s inspirational!

  5. Madame Says:

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  6. Isiswardrobe Says:

    Love the buttons!

  7. Starting on a new piece « Fuchsia’s 18th century dress Says:

    […] not too careful of, but still can use as an under petticoat or simple womans petticoat – like the old light green linen sheet I used for the lining of the pet-en-l’air. There’s still enough for a petticoat see. ;D    Shouldn’t be too hard, right? […]

  8. Nicolette Says:

    This is really incredible. I’m a bit of an addict when it comes to reading dress diaries, and your gown is turning out to be amazing and fabulous. I do have a question though, how are those buttons made? I’ve been trying to learn how to make 18th century embroidered buttons for some time and there is next to no information on the subject.

    Thank you in advance : ) You are really talented!

  9. Ann Says:

    What a beautiful dress! I am trying to make one for the first time and was looking at fabrics. Yours is very pretty. I love the buttons.

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