Patterns Used (for Gown):
– McCall’s M4490
– Blue fake linen(?) from Joann Fabrics.
Other Supplies Used:
– Matching blue embroidery floss (for eyelets).
– Blue cording for lacing.
– Silver metallic trim.
– Regular blue and light gray threads.
Patterns and Materials used (for Corset):
– See the separate page here.
Hand and machine sewn.
This was actually a gown I had made many years ago. I didn’t even own a serger at the time (and I sure wish I had been able to serge all the seam allowance edges, what a mess).
I decided, since I rarely wear it and do actually love the way the gown’s skirt drapes and flows, I might fix it up a little. I also was not going for any specific, screen accurate Lord of the Rings/Hobbit costume. My first few elven outfits are generic “inspired by” costumes. 🙂
I can’t go into too much detail about the original gown’s construction since it’s been far too long, but I didn’t know as much as I do now. There were some mistakes.
I removed the sleeves, because I had done a terrible job putting the gussets in. The new fix isn’t quite as good as I’d hoped (why is it I sometimes feel like I have more control when sewing by hand than fighting mounds of fabric on the machine?), but it’s a little better and hopefully a little stronger. I did go back by hand and stitched beside those seamlines to help hide a few spots where the fabric was degrading or where I had trouble. That seems to have helped a lot.
The back-lacing style of these patterns drives me batty. If I could, I think I might remove the lacing strips and do a better job. I much prefer spiral lacing (it doesn’t shift as much), and it’s probably good that I wore a corset as weird movements caused the back to just gap open. I used a similar pattern for my green gown and I made the back laced opening different for that one.
I had also done a very sloppy job around the neckline, and the gown needed a little something extra, so adding some metallic silver trim along the sloppy stitchwork there helped fix that problem. I shortened the sleeves a little (can’t remember if the pattern itself was long or if I lengthened them to try something) so I would be more comfortable.
The fabric is a little warmer than I might have liked, but it had a nice drape to it. You can see the photos from before I started fixing the gown, just after, and from the event I wore it to below.