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I really don't feel like I made that much this year. I'm not sure if that's because I just started sewing for the first time in two months, or if it's actually true, though. So here's what I made:

1830s plaid silk dress and yellow bonnet, made for wearing in Oliver, plus the Victorian Festival and Costume College

Blue wool coat, which I basically wear every day

Burgundy and mauve striped silk bustle dress, for the Victorian Festival and Costume College

Burgundy silk Regency dress, as a pattern test for Laughing Moon

Ripaway mermaid tail and Cinderella costume (and some other bits) as costumes for Disenchanted, for which I was Costume Coordinator

1890s Plaid "ice cream parlour" shirtwaist and navy walking skirt for Costume College, but also worn in The Music Man

Yellow 1890s Gala Gown for Costume College, including choker, royal order, bracelet, and petticoat with detachable train

A white cotton Victorian-style robe, which turned out to be the most practical thing I made for Costume College

Elephant dress for my friend's new baby

1910s white cotton and lace dress, worn to Snoqualmie Railroad Days

3 skirts and 3 playdresses through my etsy shop

Dapper Merida for Dapper Day; Also worn in White Christmas and to Christmas tea

Disney-print 1950s jumper dress

Princess Anna Frozen Fever

A bodice and skirt combo for the Silverbells Carolers, plus a few alterations for them

A "Totes Ma Goats" totebag as a secret Santa project

A skirt for my mom

A Marauders Map Fleece Blanket for my dad

The beginnings of an 1883 walking skirt (not finished, though I started cutting out a bodice mockup yesterday)

I guess that's a decent amount of stuff after all. But if I'm going to be on track for CoCo this year, I can't just take a two month break from sewing again!
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Saturday of Costume College, I wore my 1830s plaid silk dress (with the bonnet that was so big that I had to carry it on the plane), because I was wearing it for Jennifer Rosbrugh's Dressing the Plus Size Silhouette Class. I thought I remembered taking something earlier in the day than that, but maybe all I did was socialize, because I can't find anything on the schedule that looks familiar! After her class, I had signed up to take a class on Patterning from an Extant Garment, but it turned out they meant existing, not extant, and it wasn't suitable for fragile extant garments, so I left that class within the first 10-15 mins.

That turned out to be good, since it meant I could start getting ready for the gala. And for once, I wasn't running late! I wore my new yellow silk 1890s gown for the gala. I'm mostly pleased with how it turned out, but there's something about the fit and/or plainness of the back of the bodice that bothers me. I also styled my hair with all the tiny curls on the top of my head, since that's how you always see ladies of that era, but it was such an unflattering look on me! I wish I hadn't done my hair like that, because I'm not a big fan of how my pictures came out. We made the super-long trek to Maggianos for dinner, probably for the last time, since you can no longer walk through the mall, which made it a very long and hot walk. I ubered back, and unfortunately lost one of my shoe rosettes somewhere between Maggianos and the Marriott lobby, which is a bummer. I'll have to remake it for the next time I want to wear my Titanic deck dress. After we got back, we just hung out in the CoCo lobby area, chatting with people and taking pictures. We got a fun picture of (almost) everyone who was wearing yellow, which was a lot of people!

Eventually, we went to sleep, but definitely not early enough! I think I wound up getting about 4.5 hours of sleep before waking up for breakfast and the Bargain Basement on Sunday. I didn't get that much this year, but boy, they wanted to charge me an arm and a leg. Those estimators are ridiculous. I did talk them down significantly, but still paid more than I should have at "bargain" prices. The one thing I was really happy that I got was an extant 1860s bodice, so that was really cool. But no fabrics this year, which was unusual. I did manage to snag a few Truly Victorian type patterns, though, and a couple trims/laces. 

For breakfast, the Bargain Basement, and my first class, I didn't have time/energy to wear the bustle dress I had planned for Sunday, but luckily, I made a Victorian-ish dressing gown, so I wore that over my corset/bloomers/petticoat all morning, then changed into the dress after my class. It was a great class! It was making and setting Elizabethan ruffs, and the two teachers each had a different great method for setting them, so it was really nice to learn both. I was so inspired by the class that I had hoped to be able to make one as soon as I got home from CoCo, but didn't wind up having time before the Ren Faire the next weekend, so that is on hold. But at least I have the linen and the know-how now. 

After class ended, I changed, had lunch, and spent some time socializing before taking my final class, which was Soutache: Mastering the Tangle. It was a really good class, but I doubt I'll really ever have the patience to apply it on a garment. It's really challenging. I did wind up going to the marketplace a few times over the weekend, too. I bought a whole ton of ribbon from the new ribbon vendor (such great prices!), a gorgeous early 1870s huge fashion plate in a frame (only $10!), and a busk, but totally forgot to go back to Richard the Thread the second day for millinery wire (they had run out by the time I got there the first day). So now I'll have to order that online. We ended the day at the pool (which is what we did Thursday night as well). It was so nice to get to spend so much time socializing this year!


As you've read about previously on here, Monday's shopping trip was really a let-down, and I purchased almost nothing. Luckily, I did make up for that by the trip down there last weekend, so hopefully I will be mostly set for the year now. And I think I might start selling the silks I'm not as happy with anymore. In any case, I need to start making everything so that I'll be ready for next year's CoCo!

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I managed to finish everything, and wore it all this last weekend at the Victorian Festival. I wore my old plaid 1890s on Friday evening (no pictures of that, because I've worn it so many times), wore the 1830s during the day on Saturday, brought out last year's turquoise gala gown on Saturday night, and wore my new burgundy/mauve stripey bustle on Sunday. Unfortunately, the festival was really not great this year, but we've all kind of committed to attempting to make it better next year. If that fails, then I might not go again. 

Saturday, I attended a lecture on the history of the buildings in Port Townsend, wandered around the shops for a while, went to tea, and participated in the fashion show while wearing the 1830s outfit. I actually did wind up sewing on the bit of lace around the neckline, but even better, I was loaned a lovely antique piece of lace to fill in the neckline, which went perfectly! And the bonnet wound up being pretty perfect, too. Then I changed to the gala dress, went to dinner, and to the dance. The ball sucked this year, so I literally danced half of two dances before someone ripped out 5" of hem ruffle, and then it put me in a mood. I stayed maybe 30+ mins more before calling it a night. Sunday was better - I donned my new dress and we went out to Fort Worden to take pictures - it's my favorite backdrop for pictures, since it has lovely old buildings and goes out to a point with a beach on either side. We were only there for a bit, but it definitely made the weekend end on a much better note. 

Anyway, here's what you really want - pictures!

If you would like to view the rest of my pictures, please click here.
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Okay, at this point, the stripey bustle is happening for this weekend. I got pretty much everything I wanted to done on the bodice yesterday. It has sleeves, buttonholes, and the collar is finished. It still needs binding on the hem, buttons, and preferably, trim on the sleeve ends (especially since I machine-hemmed those, since my plan was for trim). I also wound up tweaking the darts, neckline, armseyes, and side seams yesterday, so I think it fits nicer now, too. I found some pleated wide eyelet lace at Joanns, which is working for the collar.

I also tried everything on at once, and realized that I hated the pleats I had pinned in on one side of the overskirt. So now it's just getting pleated on one side, and I have to get used to the 1880s love of asymmetry. Between work and rehearsal tonight, I'm pressing the hem of that so that I can sew the hem when I'm not being used. I've already pressed up one turn of the hem on my underskirt, and it's honestly a perfect length as is, though I was planning on turning it up twice so that none of the serging is visible on the edge. So now I'm a little torn - I can always put binding over the the edge, so that I don't lose any length (I have no extra length in the back at all), or I guess I can leave it as is and just have the serging showing. I'll have to make that decision by about 4pm today, because ideally, I'd love to get both the overskirt and underskirt hemmed and with hooks and eyes at the waist by the end of today. 

I realized that my somewhat crushed up 1850s bonnet is the perfect color match for this bustle gown, so I'm bending it into a hat shape as much as possible, and I should be able to wear it this weekend with almost no work done to it. So that's nice. 

I also looked at Joanns for lace for the inside of the 1830s bonnet, and came up with absolutely nothing I liked (so much cabbage rose lace. Ugh). So I'm not exactly sure how to trim that, but again, I need to decide stat! I did at least get ribbon ties for it - it was the same ribbon I bought for the cap, but it's a much nicer quality than most of Joann's ribbon. 

To-do list for my sanity:
  • Hem overskirt
  • Hooks and eyes on overskirt waistband
  • Stitch three pleats in place on overskirt
  • Hem underskirt
  • Hooks and eyes on underskirt waistband
  • Bind bodice hem
  • Trim on bodice sleeves
  • Make and attach buttons to bodice
  • Slit open buttonholes
  • Finish binding bonnet
  • Finish trimming bonnet
  • Add lace to 1830s neckline (probably not going to happen)
  • Figure out sausage curl hairpiece (probably will happen as I'm getting ready in the morning on Saturday)
  • Pack!
Hopefully that's everything. Did I mention that I'm leaving late morning on Friday?

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For the bonnet, I wound up going with the light yellow silk that I used for Titanic and am almost definitely using for my CoCo gala gown. So that is really going to be my color of the year this year at CoCo! The bonnet is coming along, though somehow between the paper pattern and the buckram, the crown seemed to lose at least an inch of circumference. But by the time you join the brim with the crown (which is when I realized it), I had basically done everything, so there was no way I was redoing any of that. So unfortunately, it's a bit off of what I would like it to be. I'm also trying to figure out how to decorate it. I have wide green-embroidery-on-net lace that goes around the brim, and a matching green velvet ribbon at the base of the crown, but that's all I've decided on so far. Right now I'm a little over halfway done with binding the brim edge, and I still have to put the crown lining in, but otherwise it just needs some more decorations on it. I think it will work. 

I decided yesterday that I was at a point with the bonnet where I could focus on other things (because all that handwork and gluing I can do at rehearsal on Wed or Thurs), so I moved back to work on the stripey bustle dress. I highly doubt that I will be able to finish it by the time I head to the Victorian Festival, but I figured why not work on it as much as I can this week. 

If you remember, I made most of the skirt (except the ruffly bits at the bottom of the inspiration plate) last fall, but when those ruffly bits wouldn't play nicely, it went in the naughty pile. I've known since then that the two main problems were A) there wasn't enough fabric in the skirt, and B) double-faced silk satin just does not drape the way whatever fabric was originally intended does. So yesterday, I picked out (and attempted to press out) the old hem, undid the back of the waistband, and opened up the back seams of the skirt so that I could add in another back panel. Then I pleated the back sections instead of gathering (which is what I had done before), redid the waistband, and pinned the hem so that it would be as long as I could make it. (It was originally a shorter hem so that the ruffles could go underneath.) So now I just have to sew the new hem, and the underskirt is at least wearable. I may add a ruffle to the hem, but it won't be in the style of the plate, since I can't figure out how to make that work. 

Then I moved on to the overskirt. The back section is all pleated to fit, and I draped the front section, which is on the bias. I just have to hem the edges, put the two pieces together, and put them on a waistband, which I'm hoping I may be able to get to between work and rehearsal today. That said, I still don't think I can make the bodice wearable by Friday, because it still needs sleeves, closures, hems, decorations, etc, and I basically have tomorrow after work, and maybe a couple hours on Wed to do all that. But at least I'll have a lot more of it done already for CoCo!

Here's a pic of what it looks like so far:

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I still haven't figured out what kind of collar (if any) I want for the 1830s dress. I may run out of time and not make one at all. But I did start on the bonnet. I mocked it up with paper on Tuesday, kind of loosely basing it on the shape of my Regency tall bonnet, except with a slightly shorter crown and an absolutely ginormous brim. Naturally, I either did not make or just could not find the pattern I used for that, so I had to figure this out by basically wrapping various shapes of paper around the Regency one, then tweaking them and doing it again. I did get to the point yesterday, though, where the shapes appear to be working, so I cut out the buckram layers. I'm still kind of waffling about what fabric to use to cover it. I think I have enough of the plaid left where I could just do that, but I don't want it to be matchy-matchy. But I don't like any of the other silks I have except these deep burgundy/crimson, which would be perfect except that I currently have barely enough where I can maybe squeak out a garment, so I don't want to use up any of it on a bonnet. I have a similar color in a poly taffeta, but I feel like it's somewhat obviously poly. I'm debating about hitting Joanns on my way home tonight, but I know they're not going to have silk, so it would just be about finding a fabric that maybe doesn't look 100% poly... I don't know. I wish I had olive silk. That would be perfect. 

Here's a pic of one of the paper mockups. I changed the crown to be about .75" shorter than the Regency crown, and the brim now matches the shape of the Regency brim where it meets the crown, but otherwise this is what it looks like. 

1830s Cap

Jan. 25th, 2018 03:44 pm
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I decided to go with the silk organza for the cap, and I made up most of it yesterday afternoon. I took the basic shape of the 1780s cap from the American Duchess book, and compared it with a couple cap shapes in the Workwoman's Guide from 1838. None of them were big enough, so I enlarged it until it was 22" tall, and I think 21" across. In hindsight, I should have added at least a couple inches more to the width, since it seems taller than it is wide, but so were all the cap diagrams I looked at as reference.

I used two straight pieces, 24"x2.5" for the band, and turned in the long edges so that they were about 1.5" wide. I sandwiched the gathered part of the crown and the gathered part of the ruffle between the two band pieces along each side of the band. The ruffle is about 60" long, 4.5" wide at the widest point, tapering out to about 3.5" or so at the ends. I turned in a hem, and added vintage lace along the turned in edge.  

Everything is machine-sewn except for attaching the ruffle and turning up the ribbon channel for the nape of the neck. I'm heading to Joanns in a little bit to pick up ribbon for that channel, plus decorative ribbon for the ties under the chin and for the top of the cap. 

Here's a few pictures so far:

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I finished my plaid 1830s dress yesterday! Here's some pics, and I should hopefully have pics of it on me on Monday, when we start dress rehearsals. 

Next, I'm going to make a super floofy cap to go with it. Should I use cotton organdy, silk organza, or something else (that would have to be available at Joanns)?
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I did a bunch of work on the 1830s dress this weekend, though not nearly as much as I was hoping to accomplish. In fact, I spent all day Saturday trying to get the bertha to work. I need to remember to try the bias strip method the next time I make a bertha, instead of just pleating bias fabric and attempting to get it to be perfect, because that is basically the most time-consuming and annoying thing ever. 

But anyway, the whole dress is entirely done at this point except the hem (part of which is pinned), and the sleeve hems. I'm hoping to do most of that today, since I'm able to do a fair bit of handsewing while I'm at rehearsals. 

I decided to go with hooks and eyes up the back and to wear my Regency corset, but with the wooden busk replaced by two side-by-side steels. I'll wear the corset whenever I'm wearing this dress, and I think I'll put it back on before "Who Will Buy" as well, since that's one less thing I'll have to change between the end of the song and the next Widow Corney scene, and the choreo for that song is pretty simple. I tried doing the choreo for "Consider Yourself" with the corset on, but it's way too complex, and requires a lot more flexibility than the corset allows, even without the wooden busk. And then for "Oom Pah Pah," I'm supposed to be drunk, and it's harder to be floppy drunk in a corset. 

I'd like to make a big floofy 1830s cap for this, too. Does anyone have any pattern diagrams that they recommend? 


Jan. 19th, 2018 08:09 am
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I re-pleated the second sleeve yesterday, and am halfway done adding the velvet bands. Today, I need to pleat the lining for the second sleeve, finish stitching down the velvet, and set the sleeves. 

I'm facing a conundrum, though - I'm wearing this first in Oliver as Widow Corney. Although I'm not dancing in this dress, I am dancing in the ensemble numbers in the show. Now, I built this dress to fit over my long-line Regency stays, but with the wooden busk in those, I can't do the choreography. So I figured it probably wouldn't be too big of a deal if I wear an underbust Victorian-style corset for the show, and just move over the hooks and eyes on this dress closure if necessary. But the underbust corset actually causes my mid-back (just above the corset line) to be too large to fit in the dress with the overlap required for the hooks and eyes. 

So now I have a decision to make - for wearing it in the show, should I just put in a zipper, since I only need a .5" seam allowance for that? (If I do that, I need to figure out what to do with the pleats at the CB, since I might have to reset them to match up with the extended bodice.) Or should I see if I'm able to wear/dance in the Regency corset without the wooden busk (maybe stitching in a couple boning channels in the busk pocket and adding German plastic boning, which I can then remove later)? I don't think I have time to do a corset change in addition to a costume/hair change...
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I re-pleated one of my sleeves on Tuesday afternoon, added velvet ribbon over the pleats, and even managed to attach it to the bodice. So at this point, that sleeve just needs a hem (or a band, I haven't decided yet), and then it's done. I'm hoping to fix the pleats on the other sleeve today, though I also still need to pleat the lining of the second sleeve as well. And I only have about 30 mins of potential sewing time between work and rehearsal today. Sooo... not sure how much will actually get done. 

Anyway, here's some pictures of the sleeve and the dress so far. The dress also still needs a hem, the hooks and eyes up the back, and the bertha.


Jan. 16th, 2018 12:28 pm
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I finished pleating the silk for the sleeves yesterday before rehearsal, and went to go try on the sleeves to see how they looked, and the pleated section was HUGE. Like, way too big for my arms. I think I somehow need to pleat it down to get at least 2" or more out of the lowest pleats (before it balloons out to the puffy sleeve. Which probably means repleating everything, which I soooo don't want to do. Why is this dress being so naughty? I wanted this to be a quick project.

Anyway, I will probably have about 2-2.5 hours to work on it between work and rehearsal today, so I really hope I can get them to play nicely.  On the plus side, with just random pleating, I was able to pleat down the armseye edge of the sleeve to somehow exactly match both armseyes. So in other words, that part is fine - it's just over the bicep that's not working. 
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I didn't get nearly as much sewing done this weekend as I wanted to. Mostly because I decided to line the skirt for the 1830s dress, and that took FOREVER. I ripped all my organdy lining panels, so I know they were on grain, and it is very easy to see the grain of the plaid, but the organdy did not want to play nice. Why is organdy so moody?! So anyway, it took me all of my available sewing time on Friday and Saturday to get those together. On Thursday night, though, I piped the bodice seams and armseyes, made the belt, and finished cutting out the sleeves.

Yesterday, I pleated the skirt to the bodice and started in on pleating the sleeves. The skirt is mostly knife-pleated, with cartridge pleats in the CB. And the sleeves are tiny knife pleats. I still have to figure out how far down I want the knife pleats to go on the upper sleeve, and how to sew them into place (there will be bands around the arm in 1-2 places, but I'm not sure how to actually make them stay in place...)

So anyway, I have a short rehearsal tonight, but since it's short, I'm hoping that I can maybe finish setting the sleeves tonight. Because then it's pretty much just bertha and hemming, and I'll be done!
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I got a tiny bit done on the 1830s dress yesterday between work and rehearsal. I cut out the other sleeve lining, and then started on making the piping. I cut about 7 yards worth of bias strips, and got maybe .5 yds actually sewn before I ran out of time. Usually I use a cotton yarn for making piping, but it always looks so tiny that it almost seems pointless. So this time I'm using a thicker acrylic yarn. Hopefully it works out okay! I would love to at least be able to finish making the piping today, but I work later today than I did yesterday, and still have rehearsal, so even that might be too much to accomplish today. 

For lack of better sewing content, here's a picture of my giant sleeve. 

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I guess I was too overeager about assembling the 1830s bodice. I forgot the piping in the side-back seams. Whoops! Luckily, those are the only bodice seams that are being piped, so I just have to redo those two. 

I didn't wind up going to see a movie yesterday, so I mocked up a sleeve, and tried on the bodice. The sleeve was close, which is good, because it means I can use it as the sleeve lining. I increased the size of the sleeve head by about 4" afterwards, and changed the shape slightly where it balloons out to the upper portion, because I wanted the drape to fall a little lower. Then I cut out the sleeves in the silk (I still have to cut out the other lining sleeve). I also messed around with the neckline - I made it a little lower and a little more scooped and a little less v-neck. I played around a little with how the bertha might work - it definitely needs to be on the bias. But that means I'm limited in how deep the pleats can be at the CF, because I don't think I have as much fabric left as I need.

So anyway, once I fix the piping and do the sleeves, I'll mess around more with the bertha. I can finish up the skirt in the meantime, too, since I won't need to cannibalize any more of the third skirt panel. Not too much will happen in the next few days, though, since I have rehearsals tonight and tomorrow, and Friday afternoon I have some outings planned. Nevertheless, my goal is still to pretty much finish this by Sunday night! Maybe I'll eventually add some pictures to these posts, too. ;)
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I actually managed a little bit of time for sewing yesterday! I had just enough time to assemble the 1830s bodice, and to sew two of the three skirt seams. I'm waiting to sew the last skirt seam until after I cut out the sleeves, because then I'll know if I need to eat any more into that panel or not. Right now, it's a full panel minus 7" of width that has been taken to use for the belt. I think I can get sleeves, piping, and bertha out of the remaining yardage I have, but just in case... 

I'm possibly going to go see The Darkest Hour today, which would limit my sewing time, but I'm still hoping I'll find enough time to mock up a sleeve and try the bodice on to figure out the neckline and bertha. I just wish this wasn't a back closing dress. It makes everything more difficult...
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I've decided to go with a slightly later timeline for my 1830s dress - I've already done early 1830s a couple times, so for this one, I'm aiming for about 1837-38. Which basically just means slightly fuller skirt, and I'm going to pleat down the top few inches of the sleeves. I'm still trying to decide whether I want a two piece sleeve like in my original inspiration (which was from the early 30s), or go for a gigot sleeve, which seems more common. Any opinions?

Anyway, yesterday after seeing Shape of Water (which was good, but not nearly as good as Three Billboards), I came home and tried on the mockup. It was not terribly far off - way too huge in the CB seam (like, literally, by about 3" - not sure how that happened), and too long for the 30s, which makes sense. And it needed a different neckline, which I still haven't finalized, and will probably have to decide on once I start assembling it in the plaid. I also determined my skirt length, which I made 4" longer than my Archery dress skirt. 

I cut out all the bodice pieces and flatlined them. It was really hard to match up the plaids exactly on each of the fronts/backs/sides, etc (I don't care about attempting to match them on seams, but I at least want them to be mirror images of each other). Hopefully that doesn't mean that the grain is all screwy... I also cut out my skirt pieces, and the pieces for the belt (I'm going to use the spare plain brass buckle I got for the Titanic dress). And I sewed my bodice darts.

I have to run errands today and I have rehearsal tonight, so I'm not sure I'll get any sewing done today, but at least assembling all the cut out pieces will be fairly easy (though I do have to make piping). Then I have to determine the sleeve, and how to do the pleated bertha decoration (technically, I should be doing the bertha first, since it is sewn into the CF seam, but I will probably sew the seam shut first, then figure out the bertha, undo the seam, and put the bertha in place). 

It would be great if this could all come together by the end of next weekend, which I think might actually be doable!
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After posting a couple days ago that I'm switching gears to the 1830s dress, I went to go start it yesterday, and realized I had coat pieces all over my sewing table. And then my brain said, if you don't put these coat pieces together, then you'll lose them (probably true). 

So instead of working on the 1830s dress, I put together my coat. I assembled all the outer body pieces and all the lining body pieces. I didn't do sleeves or the hood or anything like that, so those will wait, but I did cut out the outer pockets, since I had to put those in before I completed the outer body. And I added two inner pockets onto the lining, where I can keep my passport or other things that need to be more secure. 

Now that those pieces have all been assembled (which took most of yesterday), I can try on the mock-up for the 1830s dress, which right now is just my 1860s pattern. I also want to see how long I want this skirt, since I want it a couple inches longer than my archery dress shirt skirt, which is also a separate skirt, be and this will be attached to the bodice. I think I might go a little later 30s, at least for now, and pleat down the top of the sleeve. Hopefully, that can be undone later if I change my mind.

So anyway, I'm going to go see Shape of Water first today, then sew for the rest of the day. I saw Three Billboards yesterday, and it was soooo good.
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Slight change of plans to my timeline. It turns out that the plaid 1830s dress fits pretty well with the costumer's vision for me as Widow Corney in Oliver. So I'm bumping that up to now. Then I'll finish my coat, then work on everything else. Because I need this one by about January 29th! And of course, naturally, I can't find my 1830s draft anywhere. I believe I started with my old pink candy 1860s bodice, but I was sure I saved a draft when I mocked that up to 1830s a few years ago. I can find the pink candy draft, but not the 1830s. So unfortunately, it won't be quite as easy as I was hoping. Luckily, 1830s goes together fairly easily, so hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult!

Of course, for Widow Corney, I also want to make a giant 1830s cap and a floofy pelerine, if I have time. Not as decorative as this, of course, but maybe something similar. Would this be out of really lightweight linen, or cotton, or what?

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It almost feels silly to post my sewing goals when I've only accomplished one since I wrote them out in August! But anyway, this is what I'm hoping to make and when:

Winter coat - started, and will hopefully be done by the end of this weekend. I finished the puzzle, so other than work and rehearsal, I can focus on this now. It needs to be finished by mid-Feb at latest.

1890s Queen Mary-inspired yellow evening gown - Ultimate goal: Costume College; Ideal goal: Victorian festival in late March. I would potentially like to make an 1890s corset for this, since my only specific corsets are 1860s and 1870s, but I doubt I could finish both by the Victorian Festival. I also probably want a new petticoat for this, since I usually cobble together other petticoats in an attempt to get an 1890s shape.  

1880s Mauve and Stripey bustle - Needs to be finished by the Victorian festival. 

1830s Plaid silk dress - Ultimate goal: Costume College, but I could potentially wear it to the Victorian Festival if I finish it in time. 

Edwardian velvet-ribbon trimmed walking dress - need by CoCo. But of course, the sooner the better!

Once I manage to finish all that, I'd really like to make a new set of 18th c stays. Neither of mine are very comfortable, which is why I tend to stay away from the 18th c. But I really want to make more 18th c (I want to use the new AD Simplicity pattern!), which means a new corset. 

Of course, the wrench in my plans for the Victorian Festival is that I begin rehearsals for Oliver this week, and as soon as that closes, I'm going to Europe for nearly 2.5 weeks. And the festival is less than two weeks after I get back. I'm hoping I can at least do the stripey bustle, since I won't mind terribly if I have to wear last year's CoCo gala gown for the ball - after all, it's changed quite a bit since I wore it to last year's ball there. 

April 2019

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