Two days late, but I don’t care. All the problems with the pattern instructions, the shortage of fabric, lost sewing machine foot pedal and power cord, the storms and power outages and hand-sewing by headlamp in the dark…all of it well worth it. I love these drawers.
Title: Anachronistic Knickers
The Challenge: #3 – Make something pink!
Fabric: printed cotton
Pattern: Edwardian Rose Antique Patterns, #1904-A-002 – “Ladies’ Elegant Longer Drawers (Bloomers)”
Notions: cotton thread, grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon roses for trim
How historically accurate is it? Depends on how you look at it. Pattern is 100% accurate, taken from an extant garment. Fabric is 100% cotton; however print is not of the era. Lace trim is nylon.
Hours to complete: 10 days – not able to keep track of total number of hours
First worn: not yet worn
Total cost: less than $20 for fabric; already had pattern and notions
Comments: The large, bright photo close-up of left leg satin ribbon rosette shows the fabric’s true color. This pink does not photograph well in artificial light.
After much thought and internal debate I decided to go ahead and make a full set of regular drawers, so went back and purchased enough fabric for the second leg flounce. I tried hand-made ribbon roses but I don’t have that skill down yet, so went with pre-made rosettes from my stash.
There was a major storm last night and power was out for long enough that I sewed the right leg flounce hem by hand wearing a hiker’s head lamp. To make sure the legs looked even, I sewed the left leg flounce by hand today.
I didn’t want to use nylon lace, but the cottons were just too heavy. Because the fabric is such an odd color combination – one of the herringbone stripes actually has a very pale yellow background – white laces looks too white (as you can see in the photo with the white grosgrain ribbon tie) and cream/ecru/ivory laces looks too yellow. I played with reds but it didn’t work at all. Black was the only color that was strong enough to balance out against the zing of the pinks. I was afraid it was going to look a bit “brothel-ish” but I love the end result. Hmmm…not quite sure but that means…