I got some blood red stretch bengaline on Saturday. I was umming and ahhing but then decided to buy 5m of the stuff.
I do love a bit of bengaline. Did you know that Lizzie Borden was wearing a bengaline dress when she* axe murdered her parents? The things you learn on Wikipedia!. Hers was silk though, mine isn't so murdery...
I decided to make Butterick 5281 - a retro reprint from 1946. Now I look at the Butterick website I see they've made a version in a similar red - fancy that!
Unfortunately I think it has turned out a bit mumsy (not sure of the translation of that term for our North American friends...). I'm hoping a brooch -as opposed to the fetching pin that is there now - and a belt will help. I also didn't put the shoulder pads in - I will have a think about it on my test drive tomorrow.**
It was actually a pretty straightforward sew. I didn't line the bodice, just made a facing which seems to have worked fine.
*Allegedly murdered (thanks anonymous)
** Test drove frock today - garnered compliments. Easy Jane, why do you frumpify# my frocks?
#Thanks Cathie, that is the word I was looking for!