Back to the polonaise after a break. The bodice was just killing me. The front bottom angle was asymmetric, sharper on one side, more curved on the other.
It was such a stupid mistake, and since the boning was sewn in, I was faced with either leaving it or, potentially, cutting the whole side open to get at it’s guts. Try as I did to identify how I could have made a mistkae in cutting – and not caught it – I was distracted to the point of not seeing how I could easily solve it. Doubt-filled, I was afraid to grab the scissors and seam ripper, and irreversibly hack away.
In the end, it took about 20 minutes to fix the asymmetry, but, oh, those were a painful twenty minutes: forced to face both the mistake and the fear of a bigger one with scissors in hand. And the build up was long: about two weeks.
It’s all fixed now. Let’s never speak of it again.
I have sewn the pouf with sash into bodice by hand with straight stitches, and whipstitched the edges. I was careful to grab the interliner and not the bodice fabric. To the left is a photo of the pouf panel. It’s gathered at the top and at the top sides. The sash is tucked into the bottom top side gather and sewn in. The pouf panel is lined in lilac silk, and trimmed with gathered plum, that encases the edges entirely. Small tassels are sewn to the bottoms of the tips.
I can see why so many people who sew like to used plaid. It’s like drawing with graph paper – you always have a reference point for purposes of symmetry.
Clearly bows are on the brain. To the right is bow one (more to come). The sash – mentioned previously as being sewn into the top side bottom gather – ties towards the bottom of the pouf panel. Though the pouf panel is sewn into the bodice, the panel has not yet been permanently poufed with stitching, and the bow done with the sash is a temporary one. Pardon it’s imperfection.
To the left is the side view. The side panels and train panel are not sewn in yet and are just pinned at this point. The photo was taken at night and is poor, but it looks fantastic (and admittedly complicated) live.
I really don’t have that much more to do now that I have reconciled the bodice asymmetry. Also, my garden is nearly fully mulched. So, without much further ado the dress should be up and running soon.