Nine continuous yards of antique silk lace! Yes. Nine. And they are beautiful, thick with swags, blooms, ivy, and leaves. Don’t ask how I found them. I would have to kill you.
For the hem I found lots of new embroidered silk cutwork. It’s all nubby, silky, filled with texture and thick with work. I got it for a bargain price. For the collar I have a stunning pieces of chemical lace, complete with grapes, ivy, and such. I may use it on the sleeves instead.
In addition, I am accumulating some pieces that I will use for the sleeves, bustline, and so forth. I also have some antique Edwardian lace embroidered sleeves, which I will either use or frame, or stash away in some box, so it becomes one of those $20 bills you accidently leave in the pocket of some out of season clothes.
No fabric has been purchased yet, either for the corset or for the gown, though I have some ideas in mind. But I’m hoping to find something amazing – and cheap – abroad. I’m thinking the dress will be a lot of silk chiffon or satin cutwork with lace inserts.