I have decided. My next big project is a Tardis Dress. I have it all planned out, with sketches and basic designs. My goal is to have this dress ready to wear by May. Why May? There is a local con that gathers in May, and I would like to have it done before then.
Until then, my test piece (to see if I have the skills) is going to be a full out historical bustle period dress. Which period, might the historically savvy of you ask? I am leaning between the late bustle and natural form periods. So about 1870ish to 1883ish. Why do this period as a test? Good question.
My Tardis dress as it stands is sort of taken from the episode, “The Doctor’s Wife”. Her dress in that was a bit more late period (maybe turn of the century), but this is still where I draw my inspiration from.
3. Petticoats (multiple, all dyed the color of the inside of the Tardis, get it? Bigger on the inside? I crack myself up)
4. Underskirt (colored in the paneling of the Tardis)
5. Corset (Why so far up? Because this is a slightly steam-punk-esk dress, and the corset is going to be showing)
6. Draped Overskirt
8. Hat (If I can. My plan is to make it light up and whoosh like the Tardis, and I will need help with that)
The sketches I made to this are simple and not very good, but I’ll try to scan them in later. (My printer/scanner went kaput the other day, and I can’t figure out how to get my pictures on my new computer, so that’s out for the time being…) The plan is currently like this: A natural form bustle dress with a Tardis corset with embroidered paneling (the PULL TO OPEN part of the Tardis) and a light up hat.
So why a historically accurate bustle dress to practice? I have made very few full detail dresses so far, and only two without help a very long time ago. So I feel like I need to stretch my sewing skills and take them for a spin. Plus I have some really nice (donated) suiting fabric that I can make this dress out of (it is a blend of non-natural fabrics (I believe) *cringe*, but it was free….so….). I do not have the money to be going out and spending money on the fabric for this dress, so using the materials I have I can test my skills and while doing so, gather up the materials for my Tardis dress. I plan to go all out on this dress, so I need to save quite a bit.
So far I have drafted up a corset from Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1: Undergarments, Bodices, Skirts, Overskirts, Polonaises, and Day Dresses 1877-1882, I’m doing the Corset Without Gussets on page 54, for anyone who has it. It came out rather nicely, and I do have pictures, but I need to figure out my camera and computer before I can get them out to you. (I’m horribly not-tech-savvy if you haven’t noticed) This corset was beautiful but I need to add a full four inches to the height, as it only gave me three between the underbust and top of the hip. I’ve never fully completed a corset on my own yet, but I do buy cheap corsets from ebay and take them apart to put in real boning. At 10-25 dollars a pop and less than that for the boning, it’s a cheap easy way to dissect a corset and learn the ins and outs. I have made chemise and drawers before, so I’m not overly worried about them, but the outfit itself is a little worrying to me. I may have dabbled in sewing my entire life, but this is entirely new to me. I’m crossing my fingers! Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I’ll have a fully drafted chemise, drawers, and corset.
I am going back to school on Aug 18th, so I’ll have little time then to work, but I’m determined to make this work.