And now me modeling~
( if you click on the picture you can see it magnified)
Things I learned making this gown~
- Hand sewing a simple straight seam takes about 5 x’s longer than using a machine.
- Use a thimble! Your fingertips will thank you. (I also used the finger tip of an old leather glove.)
- Approximately 29 hours spent on sewing.
- Approximately the same number of threaded needles used.
- I often don’t breathe when I sew.
- Back stitch! If you have to cut the fabric and have used a back stitch you won’t lose all your stitches.
- Run your thread through bees wax. This helps with the thread snarling.
- It is EXTREMELY hard to rip out when sewing lace. All the threads look alike.
- It is surprisingly hard to sew in a straight line.
- My best running stitch was 14 stitches per inch.
- I now have arthritis in my pinkie finger.
- Good lighting is paramount! Not easy when you are trying to sew by candlelight. Seamstresses must have had very tired eyes.
Things I learned wearing this gown~
- It is surprisingly comfortable.
- These light gowns must have been lovely in the summer, but brutal in winter in a chilly castle.
- You cannot do a damn thing when wearing gloves.
- You have to be aware of the blasted train at all times! I would think it’s much like driving, you have to watch out for not only you, but the other drivers as well. (I can’t imagine negotiating a crowded ball room. No wonder there was always a maid installed in the “ladies retiring room” to mend ripped hems.)
~And now for the winner of the hand made gift~