The fabrics are in for my 1884 Gown and Underpinnings. For my corset outer fabric, and for the 'vest' or blouse that goes under the jacket, I've chosen a silk habotai from Dharma Trading. The silk came in white, so I died it what was supposed to be a lilac color. As you can see in the above picture, it's much darker than what I would consider lilac. It's almost plum colored. By itself on film, it looks sort of blue-ish, so I've paired it in this picture with a true royal blue, so that you can see the difference.
Here's the layout of the corset lining, in white linen. Set out like this, it seems a mile long.
And here is the corset mock-up...it's surprisingly simple. And it didn't take long to make, since I'm using the machine. There are a few wrinkles, etc, but I'm sure those will disappear when the boning, and other layers of fabric, go in. Once it's finished, I will post a picture of it on me.
And here's the layout of the silk fabric, flat-lined with a cotton duck. All of the boning, lacing, grommets and the busk are ready to go. I'm hoping to get a good deal of it put together tomorrow. And although I don't have any pictures, the bustled petticoat is cut out and ready to be sewn together. I won't be making a proper Victorian chemise, maybe later. For now, I'm going to just use my Regency era shift.
And now for the luscious, yummy part...the fabric for the under-skirt, over-skirt, and jacket. I ordered a grey and taupe silk-poly blend for the underskirt. YES, I know pure silk would have been more accurate, but I had to go with cheaper fabric in the end. The same goes for the over-skirt and jacket fabric...in a grey, taupe and white, check instead of a stripe...the original would have been pure wool, but mine is a wool blend of some sort. Honestly though, I really can hardly tell the difference. Both fabrics feel divine, and look the part. I ordered both from Fashion Fabric Club.
I really like the way both fabrics drape. I can already tell, just from playing around with the fabric, that 1884 is going to be a fabulous look.