Friday, March 26, 2010
We continue dressing this young miss in her 1950's style dress. She requires period undergarments, as the silhouette needs to be perfect. The petticoat also needs to support the weight of the gown. Using the internet as a resource and a few books I have in my personal library, I found a slip that would fit the bill. (I have no idea what Princess Grace wore under her gown.) The sample slip is flat on the front and has three rows of lace to support the back of the gown and the train. Since we are making a reasonable facsimile of Princess Grace's wedding gown, I know there are two pieces to this gown, a dress and a skirt over the dress. I do have to consider scale as this figure is only 6" tall. To do that, I will be eliminating the front of the skirt going forward and using this slip as my guide. I have also, starched the lace with spray starch, and pinned the ruffles in while it dries. In miniatures, one adds gravity as the fabrics will not drip on the hand as they would if making a real life sized garment. The smaller the piece of fabric the stiffer it is. There is less for gravity to pull down.
I have used vintage laces so far on this garment. I am so close to being out of it. Thankfully, I will change laces after this slip. The lace dress is next. Stay tuned.