I’ve had a super productive day and I’m really pleased with how my pagoda sleeve bodice is coming along!
I’m really please with how I matched the pattern in the front.
Even the back looks OK.
But, it can’t be all good.
I haven’t decided what to do about the sleeve problem. I’d really like to not rip the sleeves out and apart for a redo. I had thought about turning them and making a cuff.
I like the chocolate-brown at the bottom of the sleeve…it picks up the chocolate at the bottom of the skirt and it will pick up the buttons I will be adding. I just don’t know if they had cuffs on pagoda sleeves (authentically) and if I can do it without it looking bad. And I don’t know how far up I have to turn them. I need to look at some pictures and figure out how low those sleeves went. (I also need to have a closer look at where the shoulder ends during this era. I believe there was a drop shoulder…if mine is too low then I may have the answer to my long sleeve problem. I hope not because I want to redo that even less than I want to redo the sleeve.)
I’m also having another problem. The weight of the skirts is bending my hoops in odd ways and I may have to reinforce the top hoop with something stronger (and heavier). Also, the hoops, petticoat and skirt are slowly sliding down the corset on my dress form. I don’t think it will be a problem on me as I have more flesh squishing out from under my corset than Trudy does and that should hold everything up. But, I think I will add some hooks and eyes to my corset and hoops to help hold it all in place. I think I will also add hooks and eyes to the bodice and skirt to keep the bodice hem down and the skirt up. I’m thinking I’ve read this was a fairly common practice.
The other funny thing is, the weight of all the clothes is pushing the telescopic stand in and Trudy gets shorter and shorter every day! May be that is why they wore corsets! They would collapse under the weight of all their clothes without it!