I used my favorite patterns again -Truly Victorian. TV410 - 1873 Polonaise and for the skirt, TV201 - 1870s Underskirt.
For the skirt, I visited Robert’s on one of my visits to the Los Angeles fabric district. He sells 100% cotton and cotton blend fabrics. I had become friends with him after I was asked to make eight outfits in white for my friend’s theater production of Ragtime. He gave me a great price on the 30+ yards of eyelets and cottons Ipurchased from him, so every time I go in now, he always gives me a deal.
BUSTLING THE BACKI have been bustling my gowns the same way for the last few years. Its quite easy! From the inside of the waist, tack a ribbon approximately 18 inches long at the center waistband. On either side near the side seams, tack two more ribbons at the waist. Starting on the middle ribbon, pinch up two or three places on the inside of the fabric and safety pin to the ribbon. On the two side ribbons, do the same, but be sure to offset the pinches, so you don’t have the three ribbons pinned in the same places. Here is a picture of the polonaise inside out so you can see.
I was honored to be featured on the cover of Squeals, the Costume Guild West monthly magazine.
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