I'm sure everyone is sick of all the little fiddly updates about the green shantung medieval gown.. so here it is, finished! Yea, I know it doesn't look much different than the last picture. However, now the top edge of the sleeve lining is sewn in (it was just pinned before,) the raw edges on the inside are serged, the facing is sewn to the main body at the shoulders, and the bottom is hemmed, with horsehair braid sewn into the hem. I didn't end up putting inner sleeves onto it-- if I wear them, they'll be separate. I'm not sure that the maybe-linen I was going to use for the inner sleeves and underdress would work with the grey satin trumpet sleeve lining. I'm happy with it as it is, so any possible coordinated tight-fitting sleeves will be a separate project. The front of the dress isn't quite floor-length. On me, there's maybe an inch or inch and a half between the hem and the floor. I'm considering some kind of trim on the bottom so that it will be floor length, but then again, there are advantages to the hem of your skirt NOT touching the floor. It's wearable as it is, so therefore, it's done, and any future alterations will be alterations rather than finishing touches. I'll wear it with one of the belts I used with my first medieval dress-- probably the wrap one.
Of course, if you look at the enlarged, picture, it still doesn't look right.. but there seems to be nothing I can do about that; there's no way to communicate to the automatic focusing mechanism what the shantung is supposed to look like when it's properly focused. For all I know, the noise on the fabric in the picture is the way the light from the flash reflects off the fabric, and is actually "correct." I guess I'd need a manual camera to find out for sure. Maybe a film camera would feel about it. For that matter, I wonder if places still sell and develop film. Hey mom, can I borrow your manual film camera next time you come down here? (Maybe I should put a wanted ad on craigslist for darkroom equipment. I bet there are people who have darkroom equipment they haven't used in ages, sitting around taking up space.)