Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Five out of Nine!

Phew. This is a lot of work. :)

I meant to post each garment as I went along, but I kind of got caught up sewing and just kept going, and forgot to take pictures. So here I am posting 5 of the 9 pieces.

Last week, I was thinking, "I think I've bit off more than I can chew". If I do nothing else, I can sew a TON, but believe it or not, I do have a life outside of sewing! But after these past two days, I'm feeling a little better. :)

I was able to finish my stays and my peach jacket (since I already had that fabric) right after I last posted. My other fabric arrived last Wednesday, and I was gone all day Wednesday, most of Thursday, got a migraine on Friday, and had a wedding Saturday. Not the most ideal situation when you have to get these things done by April! ;) But I managed to work a little on the neckerchief and finish the shift. Monday I buckled down and sewed both petticoats and yesterday I made part of the last two jackets. Hopefully today I can finish the main sewing on those and get started on my cap, and the rest of the time can be spent on trimming the jackets.

Without further ado, here are some pictures.
 Shift and Stays!

Hand sewing duck is painful, fyi. I manage to poke a nice hole in my middle finger using the back side of the needle, because I had to push so hard to get it through. ouch.

Back of the stays

For anyone interested in the pattern of the boning casings...

Blue petticoat

 Peach jacket

I love the fluffy back!!! :)

6 widths of trim, hemmed on both sides and gathered....

And finally, with the neckerchief. 

My brown petticoat is done, but I don't have pictures of it yet - I'll post that with my other two jackets and cap. :)

It's a lot of sewing, but it at least it is fun and for a good cause! :) I've decided that happiness is when your pleats come out right the first time. :D

So long - got to get back to work!! :) :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Wardrobe for Williamsburg

This spring our family is going to Williamsburg with some friends. We haven't been to Williamsburg since 2004, so we are pretty excited, to say the least.

BUT, I have no 1770's clothing. And that is simply not allowed when going to Williamsburg.

Our friends, the Riggenbachs, helped my sister and me make stays this past week, which went amazingly easy (fastest mock-up fittings ever), so now I'm working on my wardrobe. I'm planning on 3 jackets and 2 petticoats (no, I don't settle for just 1 outfit - that would be just too easy). I had some linen I was going to make into a regency petticoat, but I figured this would be more fun, so I'm using that for one jacket, and then ordered some more linen for the rest of the garments.

These are the colors I decided on:

So... the race is on, to complete everything in time. Sewing it all up is easy, but doing the trimmings can be very time consuming....

I'm also SUPER excited to finally wear my "Georgiana Shoes" from American Duchess!! Whoop whoop!!

Pictures of the progress will be up soon!

Ta ta for now!


~A very excited Tara

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