1884 Gown: Pleated Underskirt
In case you need to catch up on my 1884 project, here are the links to all other stages:
Remember the inspiration image? Well, in the description that accompanied it, the underskirt is said to have been pleated. It didn't say what kind of pleats.
They look like box pleats to me, but they could also be deep knife pleats as well, I suppose. I tried both, and the box pleat won out for the fabric I'm using. I draped my own underskirt, no pattern used. I originally thought I would make a kind of yoke, and attach the silk pleats to the bottom of that, but then I realized that the over-skirt will be draped really high up on the hip, and the yoke would show. So, pleats from waist to hem was the only way to go.
Pleats.....I loath them. They might look like something an innocent little school girl would wear. But I'm convinced they are the Devil's handiwork. They are pure evil! They don't look all that bad at the top, close to the waist, but the further down you go, the worse they look.
Or perhaps the fabric I am using (silk/polyester blend) is to blame for my pleat woes?! It wrinkles where it shouldn't, and yet barely holds the shape of the pleat. It's alive, and it's laughing at me. I spent almost an hour ironing these pleats into place, and yet they still look sloppy.
It's also a strange thing to have pleats draped over a curved (bustled) figure. Pleats are meant to lay flat and look perfect. Obviously that doesn't happen over a curved surface, they open up. I think the magazine sketch that is my inspiration, is a bit deceiving. Surely the pleats in their skirt didn't really look that precise...did they... I'm trying to console myself, if you haven't noticed. I DO like the look of the skirt, just NOT the messy appearance. Any suggestions?
Next up: The silk blouse (a.k.a. vest) and a brown velvet Swiss waist.