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Call for Pattern Testers for a 1770-90 gown!

Amber of Virgil’s Fine Goods and I have an exciting new 18th century pattern almost finished, so we need testers to help us make it as perfect and fabulous as possible! We’ve already asked a number of testers with specialised skills, so we’re only looking for a few extra testers. If you’d like to be one of them, keep reading to learn more, and how to apply¦ The Pattern: The pattern is a fashionable ‘Italian’ Gown with two bodice views.  The fronts and backs are interchangeable, and the skirt can be made with or without a train.  View B can made with or without the zig-zag trim. It will be available in the full Scroop + Virgil’s Size Range of 30”/76cm bust to 52”/115cm bust. Testers: This is an advanced pattern, and we’re looking for testers with prior historical sewing experience, OR extensive non-historical sewing experience. Testers MUST have the correct undergarments already. As part of the application you’ll need to have a photo of yourself in 1770-1790 suitable stays that you can send us a …

The Scroop Henrietta Maria dress with elastic waist thedreamstress.com

The Woodwold Henrietta Maria

Quite a few Henrietta Maria’s got made as I finalised my pattern, and many of them got left in the PHd pile, finished except for hems.  (fess up, who else gets to that part and just can’t quite I make it happen…?)  I’m slowly reducing the PHds, and adding the Henrietta Maria’s to my wardrobe. At this point my Costume College packing is going to be entirely Henrietta Maria dresses and historical frocks! Every time I finish a Henrietta Maria I love it more than the last one, and this one is definitely no exception! This is the Scroop Henrietta Maria with an elastic waist (tutorial here), in a poly crepe chiffon (it’s a very high quality polyester, and, thanks to the weave, breaths well).  I’m calling it my Woodwold dress, because the print reminds me of the description of the amazing wrought-iron gates of Woodwold in Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End.  There are even tiny roses hidden in the print! This is one of those prints where no matter how you arranged the fabric, it was going …

How to add an elastic waist to the Scroop Henrietta Maria dress thedreamstress.com

How to add an elastic waistband to the Scroop Henrietta Maria dress

It’s the tutorial you’ve all been waiting for!  How to add an elastic waistband to the Scroop Henrietta Maria dress. It’s not hard to do: you mark your waistline, sew a piece of elastic in a circle, and sew it on while stretching it to fit the dress. You’ll need: A piece of narrow 1cm/3/8″ wide elastic as long as your waist measure A Henrietta Maria dress, finished except for hemming. Chalk or fabric markers for marking A french curve (helpful, but not necessary) Put your dress on inside out: Pin or tie your elastic so it sits snuggly and comfortably at the line where you would like it to sit on the dress: Using chalk or a fabric pen, mark the line of the elastic, front and back: >>> Tip: You can just use the waistline marked on the pattern, but trying it on and marking ensures the elastic will sit exactly where you want it. Take the dress off, and use a french curve to draw over your marked line, smoothing out any rough …