Cutting, Pinning, Sewing

This week Harland received his vest in the mail, and I got him a pocket watch for his new vest pocket. His pants have been hemmed, and so he’s ready for the ball.

Me? I’m getting there. I’ve been working on my dress: cutting out both the fashion fabric and lining (the dress is fully lined). I made my own piping that will go around the neckline, sleeves, and bottom edge of the bodice. Last night I sewed all seven panels of the skirt together and tonight after work plan on making gathers at the waist and working on the waistband. There’s so much material I told Harland I feel like I’m making bed sheets.

I’ve yet to start on the bodice of the dress because I don’t have my corset and the bodice needs to be fitted with me wearing the corset.  But – I just heard from my corset maker this morning that it is to be shipped (along with my bloomers and under-petticoat) today.


So I should have it in a few days and I then can finally get my dress done. Whew!


Biting my nails – the ball is next Saturday, the 26th.




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14 Responses

  1. Ruth in IA says:

    Please do post pictures of you and Harland dressed for the ball, and of the ball itself. It sounds fascinating. Gathering the skirt reminds me of when I made a bedskirt – gathering forever.

  2. Alica says:

    I’ve been wondering how it’s going…you must be quite the seamstress, to tackle this dress! Can’t wait to see it. And oh yes…have fun! 🙂

  3. DebbieB says:

    I can sew (some) but can’t imagine taking on a project like this. Can’t wait to see it!!

  4. Laura says:

    Thanks for the update, we’re all on pins and needles with you….

  5. Elizabeth says:

    You are amazing! I cannot sew very well so I cannot wait to see this!

  6. Mary Jane says:

    Fascinating! I used to make gathered cotton skirts to wear in the late fifties. It was one of the first things I learned to make when I was about 10 or 12. My mother taught me to gather it in sections, since a skirt had 4 yards in it. Nothing is as disappointing as having it almost all gathered and have the thread to break! I can’t wait to see your finished outfit. I can’t imagine wearing all those clothes!

  7. Amelia says:

    I can maybe resew a button back on so I am very envious as well as anxious to see the finished project!

  8. Tina says:

    I can sew but to this day cannot put in a zipper. Suzanne, does yours have buttons or what for closures? Too many layers for me glad I didn’t live back then. So exciting to be going to the Ball.

    • Suzanne says:

      The closure in the back is hooks and eyes. They hadn’t invented the zipper yet so you should have been born in that time period. 😉

  9. Rosanne says:

    I cannot wait to see the finished dress!!! Hope you have a wonderful time at the Ball.

  10. Lynda in Michigan says:

    Can’t wait to see pictures of both of you in your finery.

  11. Cameo says:

    When I was reading about Harlands outfit I was thinking what a perfect couple you two are.
    You do so much together & you always make it seem like so much fun.

    Looking forward to seeing your dress

  12. I can’t wait to see the finished product. You two are going to have soooo much fun!!

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