And I always try to keep my promises, so here I am, with less than a week left to finish the IKEA pet-en-l'air I have been hinting about so that it can make its première on the Christmas dinner.
For once, I have some progress pictures (with bonus views of our messy living room!)
Since I made myself a new pair of stays my dress dummy Glendora 2.0 no longer works as she is supposed to for fittings and mostly serves as a glorified clothes hanger. I can assure you that the pet-en-l'air looks much better on me.
What the ruching looks like, but I see that I could have done a better job in this spot. Will fix that.
I did add some more ruching to it after the pictures were taken, but this is pretty much how far I have gotten.
Left to do:
- Add hooks and eyes to one side of the stomacher (the other side is sewn to the bodice. I have no idea if this is anywhere near period correct but it saves my sanity. I can't pin stuff to save my life and that's why you never should walk around bare foot in our livingroom when I've been sewing).
- Add some kind of trim to the stomacher. I don't know what kind yet though.
- Add ruching to the sleeves and all way 'round the bottom edge of the pet-en-l'air.
- Possibly add a flounce to the petticoat (that I thankfully finished months ago!) but this depends on whether I have the time and if I have fabric enough left.
Those plans I had on making a better pair of pocket hoops and a nicer under petticoat simply will have to wait.
I should easily make it if I only put some effort into it. Last week I tried to make some sewing every evening, even if it was only a couple of stitching, just to feel that I was going somewhere. It's not that I don't want to sew, because I do, but I'm usually very exhausted from work and to be honest, I haven't had much love for this pet-en-l'air for some reason (and sometimes it's also very tempting to play Age of Empires III over LAN with you husband and ignore everything else, including housework. We got a new computer not long ago, you see...)
When this business is finished, I have a brand new project of lovelyness waiting for me. But more about that later.