I decided it would be easier to pre-pleat the fabric, then cut out the pattern pieces using the same foundation pattern pieces. So I made a muslin of pleated fabric and was like,
"What the hell am I doing? I need to get started on the shantung!" So I went to pleating the shantung, only after one muslin panel. And I pleated and pleated and pleated the rest of the day. I went home and hand sewed and hand sewed and hand sewed those pleats down. (just tacked them down using the blind slip stitch). Then I realized,
"What the hell am I doing? I need to cut out the pieces and then tack down the pleats. I'm wasting my time!" So I traced the pattern onto the pleats, took the fabric to my sewing machine and basted down the pleats around the sew line perimeter to hold them in place. I then cut out the pieces and hand sewed and hand sewed and hand sewed some more. Once again I started to hyperventilate and thought,
"What the hell and I doing? I need to get this thing put together. It's only the first drape I need to turn in, not the final!" I sewed the panels together, basted it to foundation and was done! I turned it in, got a good review and used the rest of the week to finish tacking down the pleats, adding a pleated trim along the neckline, and inserting the lining. I didn't want to add anything else, because I was tired, didn't want to make a separate pattern piece, and I like things simple. I added a Judith Lieber pin I was trying to sell on Ebay. Perfect! If Valentino can add a pin and call it "done," then so can I.
Here it is in all its glory, ie. pleating and hand sewing:
|The back and the lining..|
|Close-up of the pleats!|
|Another close-up. a little blurry.|
|Don't worry about the fit in the back. It is supposed to fit like this. The dressform has no "squish" like a real body...On a size 8 person, this would fit properly.|
I'm applying for FIDM special project class and turned this in as an example of my work. I hope I get in!