Lesson One: Choosing Materials and Taking Your Measurements
- Lesson will cover types of material appropriate for these gowns, yardage requirements for the pattern, taking correct measurements and fabric sources.
Lesson Two: Making the Master Pattern
- Lesson will cover instructions for customizing the pattern to fit you perfectly, especially if you are between sizes. You will learn how to "grade" seamlines and trace your final pattern to use for this class and future projects!
Lesson Three: Fitting a Toile and Cutting Out Your Gown
- Lesson will cover the basics of making a toile (bodice mock-up for a try-on), fitting, adjusting, and making sure everything is ready before you cut out your final bodice.
Lesson Four: Constructing the Bodice and Sleeves
- Lesson will cover steps one and two in the gown pattern instructions, supplying techniques and tricks for giving the bodice a finely tailored look and a good fit. Mrs. Chancey will also be happy to offer tips to those interested in altering pattern pieces (sleeves, neckline, etc.) for a unique look.
Lesson Five: Constructing the Skirt and Attaching the Bodice
- Lesson will cover steps three and four in the instructions, discussing the use of different seam finishing techniques for a professional and/or historical look as well as offering guidelines for trying on the nearly completed gown and checking the fit before finishing.
Lesson Six: Finishing Techniques and Embellishments
- Lesson will cover the final steps given in the instruction sheet, including techniques for hand finishing the bodice lining, hemline and sleeves. Methods of embellishment will also be discussed with special attention given to neckline, sleeve and hem treatments.