Back around the first of the year I heard about a group that was being formed with the goal in mind of sewing all the patterns from 1912’s La Mode Illustree. This is in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Not something to celebrate, but it was an important point in history as well as a time known for its fashion.
I know lots of folks have been into making vintage patterns. I wasn’t one of them, but it sounded like an intriguing project.
The first pattern I received was this.
The pattern comes with pattern pieces in one size and very little by way of instructions. However, as an experienced seamstress, I didn’t find it very difficult.
The most challenging part, only because it was so time consuming, was the pleated section on the bottom. Of course, this is what gives it the flair of that particular era.
My pleats did not come out great because, well, I cheated. I cut the hem off an old wedding gown, which was in the round and curved, instead of the straight (4.5 yard!) strip the pattern called for. I learned this is a very aggravating way of doing pleats and won’t try it again.
It’s a basic princess seam garment with LOTS of lace trim. I didn’t do the cutwork under the lace because if I ever wear this (which isn’t very likely) it will probably be as an outer garment, not a slip.
I thought the top was especially pretty and can see making it in a different fabric for a nightgown.
We were also given the option of trying our hand at millinery and making this hat… without directions.
I haven’t a clue where to start.
I think I’ll go work on my tailored jacket instead.