|Lettie Lane's Bathing Suit in the Works|
|That dear ol' illustration|
|Final Paper Towel Pattern|
Now, do you see bloomers under that tunic? No. Neither do I. But we know they are there because little girls were covered modestly on the beaches.
The other problem area, and this has plagued my designing and sewing from the start, was the neckline, this time dealing with a scoop-neck collar. I took a piece of silk and used Dharma Acid Dye to dye it to match the double-sided silk ribbon trim. I cut a length on the bias believing it would stretch and sew nicely to the neckline, but it puckered and stretched the scoop out of shape. I considered making a lining and turning it under to finish the neckline and stabilize it, but then you'd still have to deal with the green trim, and that silk ribbon doesn't stretch. It is not on the bias. Therefore you'd be right back where you started with a strip of green, cut on the bias and having to sew it on the front and turning it under on the inside. Again, pucker and losing shape. I tried it.
What I ended up doing to make it snug and get the shape back, was put a little gathering stitch along the edge, hidden under the silk and gently pulled it to shape. It worked and I had to be satisfied with the results or toss the project. Then there was the hem.
I had to measure up from the turn up length of the hem to sew the green ribbon stripes along the bottom of the tunic dress. By the way. the sleeves were fairly straightforward, but this was another exercise in patience and determination. After several attempts at trying to come to a solution on how to attach it, I settled into measuring with a ruler and pinning the ribbon on the top row first. I'd sew the top edge on, then the bottom edge, once again measure for the second stripe, then repeat the process. Anyone reading this blog has to understand that I'm teaching myself how to make these costumes as I go along. So with every detail I have to figure out what to do. And, since each costume I create is unique, this study occurs each time.
Bloomers...check! Tunic...check! Now for the stockings, slippers and belt.
|Close up of back of slippers and thread loops in stockings.|
Today, I made the belts. Black lambskin leather with vintage belt buckles. I chose the metal ones over mother of pearl although the vintage mop buckles were a bit more to scale. I considered trying to dye the mop buckles, but no one could guarantee the shell would dye black - I didn't wish to ruin them. Many, many of Lettie Lane's costumes have incredibly large belt buckles. I will always be on the alert for antique buckle lots due to this.
Next? Well of course we need the hat! Is it a turban? Is it a mob cap? Is it a scarf? No! Its Super Hat! We'll see how much fur this little mouse pulls out of her noggen over this one.
Miss E Mouse