Thursday, 21 July 2016

1870s Truly Victorian Polonaise - Blue & White Cotton

Pattern: Truly Victorian #410 "1873 Polonaise"
Fabrics: 100% cotton, printed, blue/white mini floral print. 100% cotton twill for interfacing. Flat lined in white cotton.
Available on Etsy HERE
Chest - 47" (large cup)
Waist - 37"
Hip - Free
Hem - 40" at front.
Back width - 16"
Shoulders - 20.5"

~ Pattern Alterations ~ 
The only change I made to the basic shape of the pattern was to the neckline. I gave it a more rounded shape rather than the sharp corners shown in the pattern.

I remember the first time I made this pattern, years ago, I was a bit confused at first at how the back of the polonaise is actually made up. the overlapping peplum pieces can seem a tad confusing, but the pattern directions are very helpful. the back is a separate pieces that is gathered or pleated to a waistband, ribbon, fabric strip, whatever you choose, then laid into the back and whip-stitched in place behind the peplums.

Above and below you see inside views of the finished polonaise showing the back. he ribbons here are hand stitched in and hold up the puffs on the skirt. They are easily adjustable and removable (as some wish to do before cleaning, ironing, etc.).

At the top you can see where the back skirt piece is fathered to a narrow waistband and then whip-stitching to the lining/interfacing on the center back. This is another reason you really shouldn't skip interlining and/or use a thin, weak lining. You need something that will hold up to this.

~ All Finished ~ 

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