A sewing conundrum
I have a conundrum. One that I should be able to figure out, but for some strange reason am unable to do so.
Here’s my problem. My friend has asked me to sew up an 18650-1860’s ensemble for her, she even bought the fabric and a pattern(s). She got the fabric, an apple green dupioni silk, on clearance for about $8 a yard, which is a steal, but she only got 7 yards.
And she doesn’t want a small hoop either. She wants this one.
How is a girl (we’ll ignore the fact that I’m not a girl, and that I’m actually supposed to be an adult) supposed to make a dress like this with only seven yards of fabric? Especially a dress like this.
My friend is pretty short, so I’m sure I can squeeze out just enough for this dress. But that still doesn’t solve my problem. She also wants another different bodice to wear with the skirt. Can I do that? I’ve been looking for extant examples, but haven’t found anything. I’d rather not make the dress than make something that’s only half-thought out and only partly historical. I’d love to make a dress very similar to this one.
It’s already pretty close as it is, but I’m just worried about the yardage issue. And the separate bodice ideas. For those of you with more experience than I at sewing this period of clothing, what are your ideas on this?