First off, I'd like to say hello to all the lovely people I met yesterday at Fort Mercer. *waves* Another Amanda wandered across this blog and realized, hey, we're practically neighbors, we should meet up at this event! Her regiment was quite friendly (and only thought I was a little weird for dressing up on my own and going as a member of the public, haha)...I think I'll be seeing more of them! :)
And had an open house at the Indian King Tavern on Saturday - so I had a very 18thc weekend! I didn't get any pictures, as they were just rewears; cream jacket and red petti Saturday, and red wool gown and red petti Sunday. I found a new appreciation for that dress on Sunday...I haven't worn it in while, and I forgot just how nice and warm it is! I brought my cloak but left it in the car...with the temps in the low 50s, I was quite happy with my mitts. (Okay, this has been your PSA for warm woolen gowns; carry on.)
So, sewing? First, a very fuzzy-wuzzy 1860s winter hood for the shop. Pink and fuzzy!
|This is the unprofessional version...I didn't list it in the shop like this, haha.|
Done attempting to (badly) pimp out the shop; what did I sew for me? Wellllll...
- I mocked up, cut out, and sewed together the basic pieces for my ballgown bodice. Stalled out on the eyelets for the back lacing, because ugh, so many eyelets. It's made of silvery-cream silk satin, and will be trimmed in lace if I ever get around to buying the rest of the ten miles of lace I need for it!
|Plz note all the basting stitches I was meticulous enough to put in. This is out of the ordinary for me...|
|Prepping for the mockups...|
I also put the fur around the tops - these are very nice and snuggly slippers! It was a small pelt and I only had one of this color, so some of the joins don't lay nicely - but they're house slippers, I'm not too fussed.
I haven't bought any books on shoemaking (YET), so I won't pretend to you that any of this is period; I just did what seemed practical. The slippers of the time were notoriously flimsy anyway, so as long as they survive the Gettysburg weekend, I'll be satisfied!
- I also have a day dress in progress, that I can't remember if I mentioned? Seafoam green flannel with fuchsia twill trim.
|Bodice pieces cut out|
|This took ALL DAY to do, and I sewed my finger in the bargain. With the machine. Owie.|
And I have dubbed it "the marquee dress"...because that hem totally looks like the edge of a tent marquee, and yes, I realized that before I cut it out. It amuses me, because there's enough fabric in this skirt to make a tent anyway!