So…what to do with the neckline? This is 1870’s so it needs some trim.
My first thought is the ribbon work that has consumed some of my free time. I was able to make continuous yards of this ribbon design by buying an entire spool of green grosgrain ribbon. Much more economical than the small spools one gets at JoAnne’s. My plan is to add this ribbon to the skirt to tie the green in the bodice to the yellow skirt.
But I wasn’t thrilled. So I started playing around with a ruffle around the neck. I had seen this technique done on other dresses from this period and eventually decided to go this way.
One of the reasons for going this route is that I know I want ruffles on the sleeves; so this should tie in with those ruffles to make it more homogenous. I can place the ribbon on the sleeve where the ruffle meets the end of the sleeve. I am thinking about Dark pink, khaki and yellow ruffles on the sleeves again to tie in the colors in the stripes on the bodice.
The only problem, while I consider myself a girly girl, I have always stayed away from ruffles!