About a year ago, I started work on a mid 1860s ballgown inspired by an original in the Kyoto Costume Institute.
|KCI Evening Gown, 1866|
|Dress U Conference 2013|
Well, onto the actual word - challenge. So the only existing photo of this dress is the one pictured above released by the museum. No close-ups, no detail descriptions, no alternative view. Once again - zip, zilch, nada to really work with for constructing an overskirt.
So I'm going to wing it and do the best I can with what I've got to work with.
I pulled some apron pattern pieces from existing patterns that I own and sort of changed an angle here, shortened and lengthened over there, and did a whole lot of guessing.
Wish me luck, I'm going to cut draft pieces over the next couple of days and put them together to see how everything looks.