After stressing, thinking, planning, and stalling, I finally started the second mock-up of my 1912 gown.
Things that needed changing from the first mock-up:
1. The skirt was horribly uneven. I mean, it was BAD!
2. It was too tight. I don't understand it, but when I measure my dress form, she meets my measurements, but when I try to do things on her, she seems to shrink.
3. The darts. This is mostly what I was stressing about. I was okay with how the darts were on the 1st mock-up, but kept wondering how side darts would look, since they'd be covered up by the overlay anyway, and it would look more similar to Sybil's dress. I went back and forth for so long, trying to decide if it was really worth it to have to re-do the whole bodice just for 2 little darts. In the end, I decided to try it because I'd kick myself later if I didn't. And I am SO thankful that I did, because I like it a ton better now!
4. I needed to try it with some drape-y fabric. The fabric I used for the first one served it's purpose of holding shape really nicely, but I needed to see how it looks with something that isn't stiff. I have no idea what this fabric is made of, since it was just in our stash, but the drape was similar to the silk I'll be using for the real thing, so it worked perfectly. Plus I liked the color... and it's more fun to work on something that is bright and cheery.
Here are the photos of the 2nd mock-up. It will have a lace shawl/overlay on the top, and a beaded waistband. And again... I didn't iron the skirt, so it's wrinkly. Sorry.
So now I just have to rip it all apart, and get started on the real thing! Whoopy! I got my Edwardian shoes, my jewelry (it's not exactly Edwardian/Titanic, but it's really pretty, and I don't get a chance to wear it very often, because it is so formal), my gloves ( !!! ), so I just need my dress, and a hairstyle.
Oh, and here's a photo of my little boy for your enjoyment. It's a little blurry, but he wasn't too thrilled about getting put in an outfit and didn't want to stay still. He looks quite dashing, don't you think?