Remember Madame Ornata’s gorgeous silk brocade pet en l’aire? No? Oh…that would be because I was a bad blogger and forgot to post about it for almost a year.
To make up for that, I’ll give you a little update on the sewing progress, and in just a few days I’ll do a whole post with the finished pet and petticoat and the most gorgeous, drool-worthy stomacher ever.
So, sewing updates!
When I last posted, Madame O and I had draped the pet, using a lovely cotton voile for the draping so that it could then be used as the lining. We’d also cut out the glorious silk brocade she picked.
After the draping, Madame O decided that the voile lining was too white, so she tea-dyed it:
It looks much better with the silk brocade too:
Madame Ornata then disappeared with all her fabric, and a few days later she casually mentioned that she had ‘gotten a tiny bit of work done’, and would I check it?
Yeah, tiny bit! This is what she had done:
And to get to this point in a pet (or robe a la francaise) don’t forget that you have to sew a complete bodice under-structure, with lacing all the way up the back.
Now, some people cheat and use metal eyelets for the lacing holes, because they are never seen. I don’t do that because I’m a historical stickler. Madame O doesn’t do that because she is a manic handsewer.
These are her amazing, beautiful handsewn eyelet holes:
Look at how many lacing holes there are!
So yeah, sometimes progress isn’t that exciting. But wait until you see the photoshoot of this made up. Wowee is it something!