19th Century

Juno dress: ruching tulle and pleating silk

I’m plugging away at the Juno dress.

It’s at the point where everything is incredibly labour intensive and I spend hours and hours on it without seeming to get anywhere.  It’s all going to come together soon and look amazing though, I swear!

First I pinned and draped the tulle, and then hand sewed it on, and tacked it down with invisible stitches all over the place so it holds the drape.

Pin-draping the tulle swathes

Then I had to figure out the bottom pleating, and make it fit perfectly around the width of the skirt.

Still looking a little messy and blob-y

Felicity helped with that part.  Her instinct for expensive fabric is amazing.  I lay the skirt down on the floor to pin the pleats, turned around, picked up a pin, turned back, and she was lounging on the fabric as if she had been there for hours.

What? You don't want me on your duchesse silk and silk tulle? Whyever not?

Finally, I spent an entire evening making silk ‘poofs’ for the border at the top of  pleating.

Pleats and poofs

I peered and analyzed detail images of the inspiration dress as best as I could, but the silk is so old and crushed I can’t tell what the ruching at the bottom originally looked like, so I just made something up.

Accurate or not, it looks rather nice.

The whole effect of the skirt is working out quite well.  Now I just need to finish the bodice, and the train.


It's harder than it looks to achieve a chaos of draping and bunching on a skirt!

And hope like heck that the peacock feathers I ordered come in on time so that I can do the garland!


  1. I have nothing intelligent to offer, but that blue is my favorite color to wear. Felicity, as always, delights me. I wish I had a kitty!

  2. Im really looking forward to the whole dress now. You are very talented.

      • Lol. I have never done Victorian dress but I can only imagine how much work it took to bring one together.

  3. jackiead says

    Felicity knows that only the best fabric will do for her lounging needs. She is after all a refined cat with impeccable tastes. I too look forward to seeing the completed dress, the original is a beauty. Your patience for these complicated projects is amazing

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