Lesson One: Laying the Groundwork for Your Heirloom Dress
- In the first lesson, you will learn the historical background of this particular pattern design, as well as a bit of fashion history to show the styles that led up to it and followed it. Many illustrations of vintage garments are included to show you embellishment motifs and give you ideas for your own dress. Finally, there is a section on shopping for fabric that will help you decide what you want to use for your dress--and links will guide you to some of the best online shops.
Lesson Two: Creating the Underdress
- In this lesson, you will learn about the purpose of the underdress for sheer heirloom gowns and will learn how to embroider your own, using vintage tips and original motifs.
Lesson Three: Planning the Lace Insertion for the Bodice and Sleeves
- The beautiful vintage catalogue pictures and photographs of vintage dresses will show you many different designs for lace insertion. You'll see examples of plain and fancy gowns and will plan the lace insertion for your own heirloom dress.
Lesson Four: Creating the Bodice and Sleeves
- In this lesson, you'll learn how to do lace insertion and make it look gorgeous either by hand or on the machine. Step-by-step pictures and instructions will walk you through the entire process so that you are ready to tackle your own bodice and sleeves.
Lesson Five: Creating the Skirt (or "All About Tucks")
- You'll learn how to make perfect, even tucks in this lesson, as well as how to include entredeux if you wish to use it. Vintage techniques and pictures show the way, and step-by-step photos make it plain and simple.
Lesson Six: Finishing and Accessorizing
- You'll learn how to finish off your gown with a boned belt or sash and will also have the opportunity to try your hand at a 1914 Basque vest! At the end of the lesson, you'll enjoy many vintage images of period accessories like hats, gloves, and shoes, and a list of online sources will help you locate the right accoutrements for your finished dress!