Pattern: J.P. Ryan Pet-en-l'air
Year: mid 18th century
Notions: thread, boning, grommets, twill tape
How historically accurate is it? As good as I can get. I don't hand stitch eyelets, ever. I did minimal hand stitching. I plan on removing the machine stitched hem and re-doing it by hand like I normally would but I was in a time crunch on this and still didn't get it finished until 4 days after the deadline.
Hours to complete: unknown
First worn: Will be worn Memorial Day Weekend at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival in Chestertown, MD
Total cost: Have not calculated yet, have to find a couple of receipts. I probably don't want to know though.
This is mainly going to be a picture post because I don't have much to say other than this is probably the hardest pattern I have ever made. I think the directions could be written a little better as several parts were very confusing. This Pet-en-l'air had been sitting in my sewing pile as a half done mock up for several months. I had to get on making it because it had to be done in time for Memorial day so this Challenge was the perfect excuse to get it done!
|The Lining - Front|
|The Lining - Back|
|The "what is this, something from the 1970s?" period.|
I didn't not take any pictures between this and getting done. Oops!
Pay no attention to the scrubs blue petticoat. I had first thought I wanted a light blue petticoat but half way through the Pet I decided I wanted navy blue instead, so the light below becomes an under petticoat.
Oh how I love a saque back!!!
|Close-up of front.|
|Close-up of the top of the back pleats.|
|Sleeve - outer flounce.|
|Sleeve - inner flounce.|
|Underneath the back.|