Monday, July 11, 2011
Sleeves and Forepanel
Finished the extra set of sleeves and forepanel for my black silk Elizabethan. Seeing as I decided I will not be bringing my elaborate red silk damask French gown to Pennsic (for fear of it being stolen), I chose to instead make a second pair of sleeves and forepanel to switch out- it's like having another gown! Fabric is a lovely, shiny apple-green and silver cotton-blend damask that cost me all of $5 for 2 yards at Uprising!
These are easily the best sleeves I have ever made. Why?
1. I loved Crystal's way of sewing in the ribbons into the sleeve head, so I tried that on this set, and I love it! Much easier than sewing on rings and losing loose ribbons.
2. Fully lined in green silk, and fully finished on the inside with no frayed edges (a bad habit of mine).
3. Pattern placement is perfect! I took care to make it exactly right.
Forepanel is pretty straightforward. I chose to do just the forepanel alone, instead of attaching it into a whole underskirt. It's documentable, so it works. Plus I'll have a petticoat under it to hide the hoop lines.