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« on: March 11, 2013, 09:21:47 AM »

Hello!

Liz's pattern in-hand, instructions internalized (OK, through step 1, anyway) my daughter and I started working on her drawers.  She is making a set and I am making a set, so she can watch me and learn, but still have some she made by herself.  I did the work of transferring the pattern (we used size "C", as she has a 25" waist) to a durable paper without sacrificing the original. 

For this, I used some tracing fabric with a grid pattern on it.  I traced the pattern, cut it out, then laid it on the paper to create the pattern piece. 

We sewed-up each inseam by machine and felled them by hand.  I did the ironwork for the felling as she watched. 

So, here we go...
Two pairs of drawers through Step 1 of Liz's pattern:


Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 06:11:43 PM »

You're doing a great job so far! Can't wait to see Bitty Miss Wicket all decked out, John!
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2013, 08:07:59 AM »

Oh they're looking fine, Mr. Wickett! Keep up the work.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 05:26:50 AM »

By way of an update...
I have 2 pair of drawers completed, chemise, and pettycoat.  I'll try to get some pics posted at some point. 

Debating button-stays for the pettycoat.  It seems to stay up "OK" on its own during try-on, but who knows after all-day wear.  I may proceed to the dress, then come back and do the stays... any advice on doing dress before stays? 

Also, I have some nice red wool flannel that I was considering using for a woolen petticoat.  Her first event is likely to be in October in Knoxville, so I'd like to be prepared for cooler weather. 

Thanks, everyone!
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 06:28:28 AM »

She's 9 going on 13.  Wink 
She'll be 10 in January, and is a bit tall for her age. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 08:24:04 AM »

John --
I'm not an expert but I have been dressing four girls for the last five years. 

My girls love their stays but mostly because they hate the feel of  multiple waistbands around their waist and the button on pettis help with that.  I have two girls who can keep the petticoat in place without buttons (they have the body shape to do it) and two girls who grow straight up and their petticoats need the buttons. Another thing I have noticed is that all four girls can normally wear one petti and have it stay in place but multiple pettis or heavier ones, like wool, sag more.  All that being said I have had my girls attend events both with and without stays. 

We normally test the petticoats stay power by having the girls run around the yard 4 times, do 10 jumping jacks and sit down on the ground and stand up several times.  If they stay in place then they'll stay up at an event.   Grin

As for doing the dress first, I do find that the stays add an inch or two to their chest and waist measurements but if you are planning some growth room in the dress anyway, or add the extra few inches in your plan you are probably ok to make the dress first. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 07:53:52 PM »

We use similar petticoat versus gravity testing, and it works well.

And ditto with the ease/growth aspects Paula mentions.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2013, 03:32:11 AM »

OK, here's an update!

My gal has drawers (x2), chemise, and petticoat finished...



and stays under construction...



Feel free to comment! I can take constructive criticism!  =)
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2013, 07:18:26 AM »

WOW! wish my pair looked that good! I have to make some new ones!  Roll Eyes  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2013, 10:37:39 PM »

It's looking good! You're a good Daddy to dress her. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2013, 03:12:26 AM »

Here she is with the finished under layer:


Here is a closer shot showing the stays:


Now...
On to the dress!

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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 05:25:36 AM »

Wowza! Really nice job, Mr. Wickett!  My congratulations!  She looks pretty happy in her new things. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2013, 07:53:39 AM »

Yep, she's excited to see it come together!  She thinks its a shame to cover up what she's worked so hard to complete... but, she'll feel differently once there's a dress to wear. 

Dress fabric hit the washing machine for pre-shrinking yesterday. 

Any constructive criticism on the "under duds" is more than welcome!

Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2013, 07:59:49 AM »

Excellent work. And she is such a charming little thing! (Good work there, too!)

Starching petticoats will give more "boof" to them, as will the use of a small cage. You can also (if you choose) shorten her drawers about 2", though I have a feeling she'll grow taller, rather than shrinking. Cheesy

Lovely girlie you have there! I absolutely love that she's involved making her own things. It's a great set of skills, and a great accomplishment.
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2013, 08:09:17 AM »

Oh so pretty!  Smiley Yes, definitely a good job on those things (as I said once before, I wish mine looked that good!)  Grin  Pretty daughter, too!   Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2013, 09:17:20 AM »

I think they look great.  It's nice to see she is happy with them.  Having her help make them helped with that, I'm sure.  Can't wait to see the dress.
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