A few posts ago I showed how I remade the first version of this gown for U-noa Chibi Lilin. I had made the gown originally without trying it on anyone, so of course it didn't fit a single doll. After I remade it for Lilin, it would never fit a Blue Fairy again. (At 35 cm, Lilin is considerably smaller than 43 cm Jasmine.)
|Although I shortened everything else for Chibi Lilin,|
I left the sleeves alone as I rather like their longer length.
My fabric was so soft that, although the pattern did not call for it, I decided to line the bodice to give it a firmer structure and a neater finish. I used an ivory polyacetate. I wish I didn't have so much of this sort of lining fabric on hand, because it invariably gives me grief. It's hard to see in the photo above, but I had to repair the lining after it pulled away from the side seam on the left. Pulled away and shredded. Luckily I had some seam binding in my stash. You can see how old it is from the price on it. I haven't priced this stuff lately, but it sure isn't selling for 35 cents! I sewed one side of the seam binding to the lining and the other side to the seam. Good as new and almost invisible.
I also deviated from the pattern by creating a full underskirt instead of the crinoline and front skirt panel it called for. Working with tulle makes me crazy. It snags the thread in the sewing machine, causing it to bunch and shred. I will make any number of skirts rather than sew one tulle crinoline. Of course, it is more difficult to lace the bodice across the back because it now has to fit over two skirt waistbands. On the bright side, the scallop ribbon trim did stretch, so I was able to make it last across neckline, waistline, and both sleeves.
|U-noa Chibi Lilin and Blue Fairy Tiny Fairy Jasmine model their gowns:|
In Powder and Crinoline, by Arcadia Dolls