One of the requirements for our costume is that it has red, white and blue. So far I am doing quite well with this as my corset is red and white, and my top fabrics is blue and white. However, ever since seeing rosettes and cockades I really wanted to use them to decorate my costume.
I was even more inspired when I saw these sites:
- American Duchess: How To Make 18th c. Cockades
- Jenny La Fleur: Cockade Tutorial
- House of Nine Millinery
So I thought I would start to make one myself. Using petersham or grossgrain seemed to be good to use and so I ordered a 25mm mixed colour selection and 5 meters of red, white and blue from Ribbons2U on ebay (good service, arrived quickly).
Looking at the sites above, especially the American Duchess, I thought about using the pin method, but in the end I decided to just start pleating in a straight line, stab stitching through in a similar colour thread. I made sure there was enough fabric in the fold so that I would be able to curve around the centre when I had made enough pleats.
As it was my first attempt, I thought I would use a colour I was less likely to use, but the tier didn’t turn out too bad. I didn’t measure the the intervals for the pleats, I think if I did it would make it look more regular. I would have to add another one or 2 tiers and maybe a button in the centre. Quite happy as a first effort.