Unlike normally, though, I'm really excited to get back into sewing! I have to make a quick skirt for an order, which I will do as soon as I get home today, and then I think I will jump into my next historical project.
I did lots of brainstorming and plotting while at CoCo, and while my plans are not all finalized yet, this is where I'm heading:
This is first up on my list. I got that mauve/burgundy striped silk from one of the Fabric Mart sales earlier this year, and found a matching mauve silk satin at Home Fabrics for the skirt.
Next will be Rose's yellow deck dress from Titanic. For anyone that wants to join, we are doing Titanic movie costumes for the Friday Social at CoCo next year. I found butter yellow silk taffeta at Home Fabrics. It's probably supposed to be a less stiff silk, but I will have to make do.
I also found a great mulitcolor plaid silk at Home Fabrics. It's not as great as the plaid in my inspiration, but I want to do an 1830s dress similar to this:
I've also fallen in love with this dress. I wound up with a bunch of navy wool at the CoCo Bargain Basement, so now I just need to find copious yards of velvet ribbon. I also want to make an s-bend corset before I make this.
And lastly, my gala dress for next year. I'm still trying to make my mind up on what exactly I'm doing. I had decided on the first dress below from when people were talking about historical Belle dresses. But then with the whole Royalty theme, I really want to make a dress that was actually worn by a royal (and the jewelry to match!) But of course, I bought fabric while still thinking of Belle. I have 12 yards of butter yellow silk taffeta (minus what the Titanic dress will use), and 7 yards of a golden silk taffeta (when I went to Home Fabrics on the Thurs before CoCo, they didn't have the goldenrod, which was what I really wanted, so I settled on the butter. Then they had the goldenrod on Monday, so naturally I had to get that). And I still want to do an 1890s dress like my original choice, so these are what I'm trying to choose from:
My original choice, and then Lady Beatrice Pole Carew, who is wearing a gown closest to my original choice. But it's awfully plain, and she's not wearing any bling!
I love this photo of Queen Marie of Romania, or the two of Queen Mary:
I also love the wedding dress of Princess Alexandra, and could do it in butter yellow, or (if I can figure out all the details) I also love this gown worn by Empress Alexandra Feodrovna
I'm just having such a hard time on the gala gown deliberation! I'd love any opinions on it that you all might have.