3rd July 2011: Mock up complete The mock up is based on a cassock pattern with the picture showing the sixth and final version before I start using the main fabric. It has taken a lot of modification to get the desired fit, and a lot of unpicked; I now have a small pile of snazzy bright pink thread that I used to make all the unpicking easier.
It has taken a couple of weeks but it was better to make all the necessary modification with the mock up fabric rather than on the actual silk satin I plan to use. For one, silk satin is expensive and two, it frays badly.
I can now make a start cutting out both the main and the lining fabrics, treating the edges to prevent the fraying, and make a start on some of the applique pieces which need to be done before the main body of the costume can be put together.