But I'll give you an overview of what I've been working on - in two weeks I'm going to a Regency tea with friends, and I need a new dress! Really. The only Regency dress I have is made from a lightweight silk sari, which isn't exactly practical for November. I have a ton of wool from an online sale last year (or the year before?), so I knew I was set for fabric...one of the wools is a very dark midnight blue with a drapey hand, good for Regency.
And after much poring over books and finding this one in the V&A's collection, I decided I needed a silly pompom dress!
|From Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail - more views on the V&A's site|
So there. Nyah.
Cold, right. It's a thing.
I'll probably wear the spencer with the dress most of the time (definitely will for the tea!), but can leave it off if I want - yay versatility!
As of tonight the basic dress is all sewn together, minus the hem. I draped the bodice of the spencer tonight and hopefully can work that out tomorrow. The lightweight linen for the shirt is repurposed from a never-finished project, and is mostly cut out.
This is the point the dress was at last Sunday night - plz ignore t-shirt & bad hair!
I'm also waiting for my bonnet form from Timely Tresses to arrive - it's in the mail currently. Hope the hurricane doesn't steal it! I've made an 1860s spoon bonnet from one of their patterns and I love it, but I've realized I do not get joy from putting a buckram form together! Love covering and trimming hats, but if I can pay someone else to get the basic form together, I will happily do so! It's worth the money to me.
Now, hopefully I'll have something else to post about this dress soon...