Using the excellent instructions provided by the Dreamstress here and the cane I purchased here I completed some pretty nifty paniers. Since it was the first making them I thought I'd follow the Dreamstress' directions exactly and made them adult-sized, planning to make a smaller child-sized version for my niece once I got the hang of the design.
However, on showing the paniers to my niece, and giving her the big spiel about it all being historically accurate blah blah, her response was, "They look weird"
Obviously 12 year olds don't appreciate historical accuracy as much as one would expect. Poo! Looks like I might just have to sew a big poofy petticoat of some sort. Time is really ticking on though - just a month to go until her birthday and I have to deliver a completed MA dress. Maybe I should have started a little earlier?
Hmmm, and what am I going to do with an adult-sized pair of paniers? It's not like I'd make an 18th century outfit for myself, I mean like, I'm all about the 19th century... *sigh*
|finished paniers with their internal cane supports|
...of course though, no reason I couldn't branch out. Just a little. Maybe. Change is scary.
[Note if you to have to make a late 1700s inspired garments, I have gathered a ton of resources on a Pinterest board HERE ]