In case it has never been mentioned, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is probably my favorite piece of classical literature. I've read the book a couple of times, and have seen almost every single film adaptation. Jane Eyre is one of those pieces that is well-loved by many, as evidenced by the numerous spin-offs or "sequels" that other authors have written over the years that continue Jane's story
Note: Some spoilers included in case you have yet to read the book or see a film version.
This is no April Fool's joke, I'm getting up a second post AND finished two small projects today. Hooray! And just in time for it to qualify for a 2015 Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge. I'm trying to make all my projects from my fabric stash this year, so I wasn't following the challenges too much. Challenge #3 was stash busting though, so hooray!
What it is - Young girl's bonnet and apron Fabric -Reproduction cotton fabric from a leftover project for the bonnet, cotton/poly broadcloth for the apron Pattern - Simplicity 3725 Year - 1870s through 1890s -ish. I wasn't worried about accuracy because they're for play. Notions - Satin ribbon, bias tape, iron on interfacing for the bonnet, thread How historically accurate is it? - See above, I wasn't too worried about their accuracy since they're play items for a young girl. Hours to complete - About 2 hours to cut out, 6 hours to sew both items. First worn - Not until her birthday in June Total cost - $0, it's all from the stash!
Back at Christmas I made a calico dress for the beau's younger sister, Lexie. She loved the dress so much that I pulled out the pattern again and made a couple accessories for the dress using stash materials.
Well things are progressing nicely with my sheer dress. While I have been taking my time with it to make sure fittings are going well, I'm also making sure to correct a few areas where my last dress was rushed.
For the collar, I had just cut a bias strip and sewed it in. Yeah, it looks poorly planned and executed as a result. This time, I decided to draft out a collar using the existing pattern pieces.
Drafting a collar off the original pattern
Final collar to line the inside
Cutting it to match the neckline definitely makes things lay flatter and it covers the fabric and piping edges.