This is the pattern I selected for a proper Edwardian 1910 London dress.
All of the pieces work together. I struggled terribly with the choice of whether to do to the kimono sleeve or the regular tailored sleeve. While the kimono would be much easier – it may be too ‘evening’ wear (or maybe I just watch too much Downton Abbey!!). I should mention it is an ‘older’ style pattern. Which made me very nervous with statements like ‘the modern sewer may not be familiar with….’.
Second, I worked on the under-bodice. Which took several rounds of ‘do I need to make this part?‘ because it was very confusing. BUT in the end – it was necessary. It is like the undershirt of the dress. Clearly the ‘bust’ part needs to be taken in some! This involved a lot of piecing.
|Lulu modeling this for the camera|
Finally the sleeve – kimono style because it was the easiest! I think it really pulls the dress together. I love the silhouette.
|with the large sash style tie added|
|the back view|
SO, I did not hem, or put any closures or do any final edging on any of the seams. But I think it will work…. It may still require a high neck ruffle blouse ‘dickie’ but I will let the art director make that final decision.