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.
Why can't I make anything that fits. I swear my mock ups are perfect, but the real thing is always too big or too small. I just tried on my new dress for the wedding g, and it's way too small in the bust. And of course it's all curved seams with neatly clipped and trimmed seam allowance. So no room to let it out. And it's a miracle that I was able to fit all the pattern pieces on the fabric to begin with, so no extra fabric. My only option is to let out the zipper and hope the extra bit helps.
And I'm still up in the air about the ball gown. I tried on my 1860s gown to see if it still fits, and it does. It's ideal for the dickens ball, it's red and Christmasy. But I'm not excited for it like I am for the Edwardian. I found readymade corsets from red threaded. It's more than I would normally spend, but it might be worth it. The dress would be a stash project. I could get it done in time if I keep it simple. Should I strike while the creative irons hot? Or take the easy, safe road?
Then I need to replace the corset, it's way too long in the back, making certain activities impossible to do. Hopefully it won't take too long. I ironed the fabric and cut it out last night. Tonight I'll try to set the busk and sew the back channels. Then tomorrow I can insert the eyelets.
I've been using all my free time to work on my new gown. It's going to be made of black satin, black chiffon, black beeds, black seqins, and black embroidery on grey taffeta ( to add some color 😀). I've finished putting the sequins on the chiffon, now I have to concentrate on the embroidery.