Inbetween researching historical bleaching methods and re-organizing my bedroom (including a healthy closet purging) I’ve started working on the 1795 “Breakfast with the Bennets” dress and want to give a quick comment on the pattern.
I’ve never used a Fig Leaf pattern before: I like it. It is well-researched and derived directly from an extant garment. The paper is a good weight and will last. The instructions are clear and well-written. There are lots of basic sewing instruction for the newbie.
But the part I like the best, so far, is the use of color to indicate the cutting lines for each size. It is simply brilliant and so easy to use – no squinting or tracing or accidentally skipping up or down a size (or two).
And if you need to make some alterations to get the right fit there are instructions to address it. You’re not left wondering.
Now I’m off to cut the last two pieces and stitch the toile together. Next stop – fitting. And worming my way into the long stays again. Sigh.