My sister needs a dress for a first-person presentation we'll be doing in about a month. We found the perfect blue and white cotton stripe about 3/8" wide, and I'm planning to make her a work dress from it. I'll probably aim for mid 1860s, with most of the fullness concentrated toward the back.
I want to put cap sleeves on it, with a detachable coat sleeve, but I'm not entirely sure how to do that. Would it be practical to finish them separately and baste them in at the shoulder seam? She also wants ribbon trim on the bodice as a faux yoke, on the sleeves, and on the skirt. I'm getting the impression that it would be inaccurate on a cotton skirt, but would it look silly on the horizontally striped sleeves and bodice, too?
I'm thinking of using a bias-cut self trim, but I'm not certain I'll have enough fabric for that. Would a growth pleat work as a simple, functional decoration on the skirt instead, or is that just going to look awkward with the stripe?
If I can use ribbon, what sort should I be looking for? Grosgrain, satin, etc.
These pictures are my main inspiration for trim, but since neither is striped, they only help so much. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44684221282148202/https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44684221282148269/