I've progressed a little more on my "Marianne" Pelisse.
The bodice is nearly finished. So sorry for the loose, wrinkled appearance. I didn't bother straightening everything since I'm not finished with it. I'm not completely satisfied with the pleats in the front. I made four on each side, so I could "get a good snug fit" to the bodice, but now, I don't know, I just think they look weird. I'm hoping that maybe, once I get the skirt attached to the bodice, the weight of the fabric will pull down on the bodice, eliminating the strange, "puckered" look at the ends of the pleats. Any advice on this is appreciated. Also, I'm debating on putting in a band or not around the waist. What would be more historically appropriate?....what would be more aesthetically pleasing?....attach the skirt straight onto the bodice, or create a one or two inch band to place between the two?
Here's a close-up of the back-stitching done by hand on the seams. This was done AFTER the seams were constructed, more as a decoration than anything.
Next up, the sleeves....
Did I say I wanted this finished by the time my Birthday came around?....It's next Wednesday....Do you think I'll make it?