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GFD Success and Lessons Learned

I now have a new gothic fitted dress. Yay!

And hey, chargirlgenius, I can even raise my arms in it! Whoot!

Things I have learned from my first GFD:

NEXT TIME:

1. Read the instructions. Not because you are a kickass costumer in other centuries that means that you will automatically know how this one should be put together.

2. Stitch the gores before putting the gown together. It makes it easier. (See above.)

3. Do NOT bag line the bloody thing. It's a lot easier to fit when it's flat lined. Especially if you have lost a significant amount of weight since you first got it fitted.

4. If you are going to bag line it, do NOT line it only to the hips. That makes sense if you flat line it, but when it's bag lined it's a pain in the ass to get in and out of the bloody thing and then you have to spend extra time straighting out said lining. (I know that some folks prefer the bag-line-to-the-hip method, but I just found it uncomfortable.)

5. Remember to reinforce the inside of the bodice, where the eyelets will be, with a strip of silk or other sturdy material. The lining helps, but the strip reinforcement will give you a more solid and stronger line of eyelets. They will lie smoother too. And it's period.

And I think that's it. All things considered, the gown fits like gangbusters, especially for it being my first one. PLUS ballistabob went all hubba hubba when I tried it on.

As for the center of the bust line, the difference due to my lopsidedness in the real estate department is barely noticeable. And since I will be throwing a hood on top, you can't even tell.

It looks really good.

And now, back to the document from Hell. Must meet this deadline before I leave.

Belfebe out.

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kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
PLUS ballistabob went all hubba hubba when I tried it on.

I don't quite understand it, but my Bob has this reaction too... ;)
belfebe
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
It must be a Bob thing!
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Heh.
chargirlgenius
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Dunno - I'll bet you can get Jeff to go all hubba hubba at you too... :-D

And YAY! Glad it worked out! Can't wait to see it.

You could always go back and tack the lining to the dress at the seams, at least in the hip area.
belfebe
Jul. 29th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Dunno - I'll bet you can get Jeff to go all hubba hubba at you too... :-D

So it's a Bob and a Jeff thing! ROTFL!!!

You could always go back and tack the lining to the dress at the seams, at least in the hip area

I've been thinking about that. I think I will do it after Pennsic, when I am not in such a hurry. But my next one will definitely be flat lined. We learn something new every day!
greta_k
Jul. 29th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
I bet I can make the Navigator go "Hubba hubba" when I finish mine. Therefore, it is definitely a Bob and a Jeff thing :-)
ballistabob
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Hi, Kass!

In your post yesterday, you mentioned being from a small coal-mining town in Central PA. Just curious which one, since I'm from that same area myself. :-)
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Hi Bob!

I grew up in a town called Kulpmont in Northumberland County. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=kulpmont,pa&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=60.417788,106.787109&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=15
It's on Rt 61, about 7 miles from the "hot" town of Centralia where an underground mine fire has been burning for about 60 years.

Where are you from?
ballistabob
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
That's too funny! I'm from Danville. My paternal grandmother *lives* in Kulpmont. She and my grandfather used to own an upholstery store in Elysburg (still kicking myself for not picking up one of the industrial sewing machines when they retired).
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Oh my God! I have cousins in Danville. Do you know the Ferraris? Frank used to be a school teacher at the DAHS. He's my cousin. He and his wife have four daughters, Dotty Lynn is the oldest. She'd be about 40 now. Frank's wife's family used to own... oh, what was it called? Three Ponds? The golf course in Elysburg.

And I worked at The Geisinger for about a year after college. =)
ballistabob
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
I think I remember Mr. Ferrari! If his daughter is turning 40, then she would have been two years behind me (I'm turning 42 this year).
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Me too! Dotty Lynn probably graduated in 1986, one year behind me. But I went to Lourdes.
ballistabob
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
And now things get really weird. My aunt Kris (on my mother's side) is married to a Dan McGann. Any relation?
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Not likely. I am the only child of an only child of an only child. To the best of my knowledge, I have no living relatives named McGann.

Unless his relative was a relative in "The Old Country"...
kass_rants
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Wait! Did you know Dave Dalton and John Starr and Mike and John... damn. Can't remember their last names...
greta_k
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
The Navigator and I were just about rolling on the floor laughing due to kass_rants and ballistabob. And now "It's a Small World After All" is running through my head . . . .

(says the woman married to that OTHER guy from a small town in Eastern PA)
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