Janne Robberstad

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The peachy nightgown

By spotogspindel | November 18, 2016

Wendy´s dress for the Peter Pan show is in the making. I wanted to move away from the white, and the pale blue is already used by Disney. So I thought I´d use peach, a warm color for a warm character. 4 meters of crepe de chine silk and a roll of peach-colored lace later…


I´ve got the gown ready for fitting. The design is inspired by a 1910 gown, but even though I made a pattern, sometimes it´s a lot of making it as you go along. Very much so in this case. I was regretting the silk before I started, thinking it would be very difficult to sew in, it felt so alive!


Luckily I was proven wrong! It turned out pretty great. Appliquéing the lace with zig-zag-seam on my household Bernina, and sewing the pieces of the skirt together with my overlock… smooth as a kitten! I left little slits open between the parts, it´s only held together with the lace. The actor is going to be very active, so I´m hoping this is not a mistake.


Talking of mistakes, I already made one. The iron on a little too hot, and the polyester-lace melted! It´s not like I didn´t know. However it was easy to just cut away the broken part and replace it with a new one.


Ready for fitting: the arms are too wide, but I want to see it on her before I decide how much to take them in, and maybe also shorten them a bit. The neck-line is not completely finished either, I might need to make the opening a bit wider. But we´ll see in a couple of weeks when she tries it on. Everything is cut on the bias, so it should follow the shape of her body.

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