Lesson One: Taking Your Measurements and Making Your Master Pattern
- This lesson covers taking correct measurements, customizing the fit and style of the gown, and creating a sturdy master pattern.You will receive ideas for modifying the bodice and skirt to suit your own tastes, including instructions for changing the neckline and making a slim skirt.
Lesson Two: Constructing the Toile and Adjusting the Fit
- Lesson two supplies techniques and tricks for pin-fitting the bodice toile (fit lining) correctly and marking any changes necessary before you begin on your gown bodice. You'll learn how to deal with common fitting flaws as well.
Lesson Three: Choosing Materials and Cutting Out the Gown
- This lesson discusses appropriate materials for the gown, including period correct fabrics and notions. Recommend fabric and notions sources are given as well. Techniques for creating a period correct (non-zippered) gown will be briefly discussed so that the student can make a decision on what notions to purchase. The final part of the lesson concentrates on cutting out the gown, using the fit lining to cut out the bodice and following instructions in section three of the pattern instructions to cut out the skirt layers. Extra help will also be given to those who wish to add more skirt layers or a train.
Lesson Four: Making the Bodice
- Students cover section two in the pattern instructions, receiving extra tips for making the bodice fit perfectly and for working with difficult fabrics (e.g. chiffon or silk). Those who would like to create sheer sleeves or a period-correct bodice closure receive full instructions for these options.
Lesson Five: Constructing the Skirt and Attaching the Bodice
- This lesson covers section four in the instructions, discussing the use of French seams for a professional look as well as offering guidelines for trying on the nearly completed gown and checking the fit before finishing.
Lesson Six: Making the Sash and Finishing the Gown
- The last lesson covers the final steps given in the instructions, including techniques for hand finishing the bodice lining and sleeves and making the sash. Methods of embellishment will also be discussed for those who wish to bead the bodice inset and neckline.