Every time I check the weather for next weekend, it's something different. It's very frustrating. I know they can't predict it too accurately that far in advance, but I can't help but want to be prepared. I decided to pkay around with jewlery options for my new gown. I'm between the emeralds and diamonds. The coral just doesn't look fancy enough. I like the emeralds best, but I'm not sure is the green goes with the geeen in the dress. So it's most likely the diamonds. I took the stone off the marching earrings and set them on a pair of Betsy Johnsons so I could have a matching set and still have the Rocco bows.
I've been too busy to post, I've been working on two dresses back to back. My current one is for the garden party in Williamsburg. I love the fabric, but since he party is at night, I thought it could use some sparkle. I started to add some gold spangles to the flowers, but now I'm not sure if it works. Opinions?
I put new sleeves and a new front on my satin 1780s gown. I retrimmed my hat. And with a week to spare. Not wanting to loose momentum while I wait for my fabrics mart order, I decided to finally get around to recovering some old thrift shop shoes. They looked 18th century enough at the time, but the leather is tearing and the side is ripping. I recovered it with scarlet and white silk. Most of the extant shows I saw had leather heals, so I decided to just paint the heal rather than attempt to cover it. It's a bit messy and wrinkly, but it will pass the 5 ft rule. Now they just need buckles.
Now I have to do the eyelets and the binding. I hope to have them done by the end on the month.
In personal stuff, the baby had an ear infection that would not go away, turned out he's allergic to most antibiotics. So he got ear tubes yesterday. Last night was rough, last few weeks have been rough. I hope he feels better soon.
New Francaise for the annual dinner.
1920's silk dress
Brown linen anglaise, ( altered for baby bump)
1790s cotton open robe and underdress
For 2015, I don't plan on being able to do much, but I'd like a new regency ball gown, a 1780s jacket and a satin anglaise. I'd also like to finish my Catherine of Aragon gown I'm going to attempt the historical sew fortnightly, see if that helps motivate me at all. This year, it's only one challenge a month, so it should be easier.
Now I just have to finishe my new regency gown for next weekend.
(Not as sexy in real life )
Standard befor and after. It's a cheap wig, so it's thin, but it looks much better with my hair blended in.
I also worked on the trim for my francaise. I got the ruching done, but ran out of thread, so it will have to be sewn on later. My goal is to be done this weekend.
I was going to try to finish it today, on my first snow day in years, But as I was drinking tea by the window in my jammies, I had the desire to work on something warm and cozy. Since I have a winter regency outing this upcoming weekend, I decided to try a wool gown. After spending a half hour looking for my grey wool before remembering that it was used for Gettysburg. So I decided to use some very unperiod dark pink/light red wool crepe and I lined it with polka dot flannel cotton. And after a few hours, this is what I have.
The sleeves are pinned on, but I should be able to finish it easily by Saturday.
The pink is so fun, I'm dyeing the fabric right now. I'm just debating between a fitted back and the loose back. I like the look of the fitted, but the loose back would give me the option of loosening the stays or going stayless ( which it looks like in the portrait) if it's too hot. But I'm realy intimitaded by it. It looks so simple, but it's so much fabric to deal with. Opinions?
I could do that rather simply. I already have a white silk petticoat that fits over pocket hoops. And I'm sure I have something in the stash that I can use for the over dress. And best of all, I can have hedgehog hair, I love hedgehog hair!
The dinner was amazing, and the new room was defiantly an improvement. We laughed enjoyed some very happy punch and had a great time. I had brought my camera, but forgot to charge the battery. So crappy iphone pics had to do. They didn't turn out so great.
The bad news is that my wardrobe malfunctioned. This is the first time I wore my stays for a period of time, and the tabs are too long and its too big. It wasn't noticeable standing in front of a mirror, but sitting all night, the were very uncomfortable. That, and my dress grew two inches some how. I swear it fit right at home, but all night it shifted and wrinkled. I have to work on that before the next wear.
So I did more then just mope around this weekend. I actually started my gown for the francaise dinner party. I'm using a silk damask I bought at fort Fred last year, I even bleach tested it, it's silk ( mostly). It's been years since I did an en fourreau back, but I think it turned out ok
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I could not have been happier with the results. I had to work Saturday morning so my hair had to be done at the crack of dawn. But 12 hours, a long drive and mini blizzard later, and my curls were still bouncy for the party.
It took a bit longer to set the curls, because I had to head each one after wrapping it. I wrapped a scarf around them to sleep in, and they help up pretty well. I just wish it wasn't so wasteful, cause twisting the paper makes it too soft to use a second time. But other then that, those 18th century ladies knew what they were doing.
Now I just have to figure out the accessories.