In between bouts of paper marking, the masquerade stays are coming along. They may actually even be finished on time (amazement).
In any case, I have an event to wear them to on the 9th, so they have to be done by then!
So far, with help from Miss Fiss, I’ve completed all the boning channels and inserted my boning, and sewn together the front, side front, and side back pieces in preparation for fitting.
I’ve also cut the lining and outer fabrics for the back piece, and have inserted my lacing bones. I’m using fenestrated metal boning, because it’s the only boning that I have around that’s both strong enough to support the back lacing and long enough for the length of the stays.
At the moment things are at a pause while I coat the ends of the lacing bones and let them dry. I’m just using nail polish – it’s worked well in every previous application!
Things are also at a pause while I ice my thumb. There was a little problem in inserting one of the lacing bones, and bones and nails alike got bent at unhappy places.
Anyway, while ‘real’ progress isn’t being made, I need you’re help in progressing the thing that I’m really bad at: design decision making.
Before I’m going to be able to get much further I need to pick the ribbon to cover the seam channels and decide what I’m going to bind the stays with.
I’m lining them in the lavender cotton to the left in this photo, and may or may not try to incorporate that blue fly fringing into the trim.
As a reference to what I’m talking about, the seam channel ribbons are those white lines that go up vertically, and the bindings are the white edges of the tabs.
My options for seam channel ribbon are:
A1: ice blue velvet ribbon or A2: mulberry velvet ribbon
B1: Mid blue velvet ribbon or B2: narrow palest blue rayon ribbon.
C1: sky blue rayon ribbon (folded in half, and also an option for the binding) or C2: lilac satin ribbon
D1: Wide mid-blue rayon ribbon (folded in half, and also an option for the binding) or D2: wide palest blue rayon ribbon (folded in half, and also an option for the binding).
And finally, E1: lilac chevrons tape & E2: turquoise chevrons tape.
If I choose one of these, I’d probably fold it in half for the seam channel ribbons, and I’d definitely use it for the bindings as well.
So, dear readers, what do you think? Which of the options from A1-E2 should I use for the seam channel ribbons, and should it be combined with C1, D1, D2, E1, or E2 for the outer stay binding?
I love the colour of C2, but am afraid the satin won’t wear well. With that in mind, I’m kinda leaning towards B2 combined with one of the wide rayon ribbons, though E1 or E2, in their mad carousel-ness, are extremely tempting.
The only problem is that they are the only ribbons I don’t have in stash, and I’m rather poor at the moment due to finding silk ottoman on sale for $30 a metre, and how could I possibly not buy it at that price, even though $30 a metre does add up rather quickly in historical garment lengths…