Saturday, June 11, 2011
Supportive kirtle, attempt 1
The diagonal stitching line at the neck edge is where the strap attaches and where the facing will be at top neck edge. So far, the plan is to attach the facing directly to the bodice. That should work better than having it stick up from the main body of the bodice, and be easier to put together. Plus it will serve to reinforce the edge a bit, which is all for the good. A little more structural integrity at that top edge will help hold the girls in place, not that they are trying to escape or anything but I'm planning to cook and do work in this gown so the sturdier the better.
As far as actually putting the whole thing together goes, I think I will sew the sleeve into the underarm then attach the shoulder straps and facings. That's going to involve more handsewing in that area than I wanted to do, but it will look neater in the end. The whole thing is now cut out, complete with trapezoidal skirt pieces and lining. The plan is get the interior seams on the bodice machine stitched today, tweak the fit, and flat fell the seams by hand before I attach the skirt. I'll probably just machine french seam the skirt, flat felling seems like overkill.