02 January 2007 @ 09:27 pm
My bestest friend in the world and I were talking a little bit ago about how much fun it would be to dress up as princesses some night and have a princess party along with the other member of our trio. (Maybe we can get my roommate Eric to join us. He would look great in a hennin. *maniacal laughter* Actually, he has prettier hair than any of us, so I don't think he's invited.)

Anywhoo, since I'm home for a couple more weeks before school starts and I'm going slowly crazy without sewing anything and have knit myself into tendonitis, I think I'm going to use the five yards of teal polyester satin in my stash at home to make a princess dress. It's pretty heavy satin, and won't need to be lined.

This is going to be pure fantasy, so I'm tossing history mostly out the window. I think I'll probably be making something like a T-tunic or semi-fitted kirtle to make a JW Waterhouse inspired dress. No supportive kirtle underneath -- I'll probably wear it over modern undergarments, though I have a chemise that's very tight at the underbust that provides a little support. I'm not sure if I want tippets or not, or what closure I'll use. Not a zipper, that's for sure. The front opening in Ophelia is interesting, and I love the fact that the bodice is wrinkled.

The paintings I'm drawing inspiration from are Miranda (The Tempest) and Fair Rosamund. I like the fullness of the skirt in Rosamund, but the sleeves in Miranda are lovely. I'll also need to make a low-slung girdle and fake some sort of undergown, since I'm don't have enough fabric to make one.

The biggest obstacle to this whole plan is that my duct tape double is at my apartment, on the other side of the state. Hmmm. We'll see what happens.