Built in the 1700's and renovated many times. Bare windows emits morning sunlight as evening cast shadows. Electricity is non-existent. Air in old pipes spit and spat when the taps turn on. Doors and windows dont open or close properly. Trims along with cabinets get stripped, repainted and reused. Appliances work sometimes.
Tenants are happy!
Location: Somewhere in Louisiana
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
TUTORIAL - MAKE 2 GOWNS - PART 2 - GOWN #1
Part 2 - Gown #1
Check to see how the gown skirt
will look on the manikin.
I decided to use tulle to make the gown
stand out more.
THIS IS OPTIONAL!
If you decide to use the tulle, cut it
to this length and gather it to the
I ALSO WANT TO SAY - MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE CLUNY LACE
IS SEWN INTO THE FABRIC AND THAT THERE IS NOT ANY LOOSE ENDS!!
At the back of the gown run a gathering stitch
all around the top.
Cut the threads long and knot the ends.
Place the gown on top of the manikin.
At the back draw up the threads without breaking
them and tie in a knot 3 times.
Cut off the threads close to the knots.
Measure with your fingers the top of the
manikin bust to the white cotton fabric -
be sure to add some extra fabric to turn
under at both ends like you see here.
Take this piece and fold it
manikin to see where you
must stitch at.
Fold over to make the
raw edges meet like the picture.
Hand sew or machine sew
This is the bodice!
Do not cut off the seams!!!
If it is too loose then the bodice will fall down.
If it fits tightly - that is good.
Stuff the excess seams into the manikin.
When you place the bodice on the manikin, make
sure that the bottom edge is also folded under and
sits on the white cotton fabric of the skirt.
Go to the front of the bodice and with a needle
make sure to turn under any folded edge that is
showing on the top and bottom.
Make sure the bodice is even on the shoulders.
Take your doily and place it on top of the
manikin as you see here thru the
This is what it should look like in the front.
Make sure that the doily is straight
and even in the front.
Make sure that the doily is also straight
and even in the back.
TO THREAD THE RIBBON!!!!
With the doily still on the manikin, time to
take your 1/4th inch ribbon thru the holes.
The next steps show you what holes that I
threaded it thru.
Do not knot or cut the ribbon - merely start on a side
and thread thru each hole.
Use the pics as a guide!!
Thread the ribbon under the armpit.
A full size view.
Make sure that both armpits are the same.
End the ribbon thru the same hole that you
DO NOT CUT THE RIBBON!!!!
JUST LET THE RIBBON DANGLE.
TO MAKE THE SLEEVES!!!
Face the manikin like this.
See the open edge of the doily.
PERIODICALLY YOU WILL HAVE TO
PULL ON THE RIBBON TO KEEP IT TAUT, SO IT DOES NOT LOOSEN TOO BAD.