I have two cockades that I need to make for my shoulders. Luckily, they are easy, but time consuming to make.
A cork board, pins, and a compass are useful when making cockades.
I re-made the 5-pointed looped rosette...
...when combined form a nifty cockade.
A huge goldish button will be placed in the middle of this ribbon cockade when I'm done. Unfortunately, I don't have anything that works, so tomorrow will be a very quick trip to Joann's Fabric Store.
It took about 1.5 hours to make a set of two cockades, which will fit on top of the shoulders of my costume. It took so long because I was trying to make it perfect. Then I remembered my adage....
Perfection is the enemy of the done.
Also, do you know that cats are super helpful when working on a project? Mine are particularly helpful in supervising my work.
It's a good thing ribbon work takes little room.
I also added the closures to my skirt, which required more hand-sewing, but everything fit perfectly when I tried it on for practice. While I was doing that, my Viking reminded me that I probably want ribbons in my petticoats so I can hike up my skirt in a "fashionably" way. So I grabbed some silk ribbon and added ribbon loops to the inside of my petticoats!
All those little things you forget.....
There was one thing on my costume that I was dreading --- hand-sewing all of the gold trim. This process took about 2 hours to accomplish. The gold braid trim is thick and parts of the bodice have several layers of fabric.
I think it gives the bodice a bit of life.
Things done and still left to do:
Finalize the front bodice pieces. Sew the front bodice to the rest Add grosgrain ribbon around the neck Sew lining & fabric together Trim, trim, and more trim. Make trim Add trim Add closures to bodice Add closures to skirt