Saturday, August 22, 2009

To Do List and Civil War Fun!

Fie... so much to do, so little time!

-1911 Huntington Tea Dress
-1860s Sage Organdie Sheer
- All my medievalness...
-Turkey Red Regency
-Stuff for Civil War Winter *is excited!*

I think I'll take a little break from medieval things for a while- the event is Sunday- Thursday, so I'll just get my underdress done. Then I have to finish the sheer dress for Central Event... I'm in a VERY 1860s mood right now, and I haven't enough money to buy all the linen and wool that I need for anything medieval. Now cotton? That I can do. Besides, I have something like 15 Civil War projects ready to go, fabric and all... yeah... I'm a Victorian hoarder like that ahaha... I'll buy fabric for projects then keep buying fabric for projects heh... Good news is, I can BE in an 1860s mood because come December, I have Civil War Winter! Yaaaay! *Dances!* So I'll have to prepare in advance for that. 

Civil War Winter is set winter of '62- '63 (we compact Christmas and New Years into four or five days ahaha) somewhere in the South. Myself and my best friend (in the whole wide world!) are making a tradition of it!

We shall go up to the mountains in 1860s clothing and have a jolly good time! Have a little mini early (or belated) Civil War Christmas, then the New Year, too! Complete with period presents, of course... ;) I'm having my father build us a period sled- it's going to be AMAZING! He has also agreed to learn some period songs on his guitar, bless him! They have a pond for ice skating, and if anyone has not ice skated in a hoop skirt (or at least a big skirt!), I highly recommend it! We shall listen to period music and have a charming rendition of the Virginia Reel and other dances in the sitting room. By day we shall take walks, cook deliciousities, have snowball fights, build Frosty the 1860s Snowman, and get into other mischief! By night, we shall sew by the fire, and when we can no longer see by the dying light of it, we shall retreat up to our quilt-covered beds and whisper as not to wake my parents before falling asleep to the sound of the stream outside... and then start all over again! Oh, it shall be wond'rous!

So! The list! (I shall finish it all this time, I swear!)

Skivvies (I already have all the fabric for all of these):

-New chemise. My current one is FROM the 1860s, and every time I wear it I get more afraid that it shall get damaged!

- Another muslin petticoat to go over my current one.

-Flannel petticoat

- New drawers. Same problem as with the chemise.

-Flannel nightgown. Last time I went up there I made the mistake of thinking I could use my Renaissance linen chemise as a nightgown. In winter. 
...You can't. :P 
I mean, the design is fine, but linen wasn't that common for garments then, and flannel is... fuzzyyyy.... :]


-Quilted hood. Same fabric as the lining of my cloak- silk, grey/blue/white plaid...

-Brown cotton paletote, lined with flannel, trimmed with brown velvet. Need to get fabric, etc.

-Grey wool cape. I'm lining it with silk, but I haven't the money to right now, so it'll have to be unlined for CWW. I do however have the trim I need for it. (Black velvet and black braid trim with tassles.) I have the fabric for this.

- My horrid pink dress. A dress that should take at most a month I have been working on for an entire year now and it will NOT get done. I was so close to finishing it the other day, and then none of the stores near me had navy velvet trim. I died a little inside... :(

-My green wrapper. Yay! I have all the stuff for this- green cotton (printed and solid) lined in flannel. Like this, but green: 

- "Travelling" Wool Dress. Light grey wool. Loads of soutache... all yet to be purchased. I can tell this dress is going to drive me nuts, but it'll be worth it (the soutache on mine will different to the one shown, and none on the skirt I think...)-

-THIS. I mean, I literally cannot morally look at this and not make it! It's adorable! I have wool for it... somewhere... :P
I'm making it in brown, blue, and white for the back, brown for the back. (The super cute ribbon will be brown.)

-Finish trimming the blue cotton dress with the black velvet... it has some on the bottom of the basque, you can kind of see. It's going to be square doubled around the neckline, and castle-topped on the sleeves. There's a seam in the middle of the sleeve I'm covering up with trim, too- a double row of thinner black velvet. I like having cotton dresses in the mountains for activity days- if anyone's ever been up to the mountains, you know you come in a ski jacket and leave in a tank top from running around! Plus, I am wearing 3+ layers underneath... 
Sorry about the distance! 

The sleeves will end up being like this- plate below to the left, the top middle- plate on the right, right. 
It's a lot, but I can do it! I vow to start early this time, and not procrastinate as I usually do- this shall be the best winter break EVER! :D

Also, as a random side note, I need a ticking petticoat, a 'dirty dress' cotton work dress, and a new pin-up apron for camp-type stuff... I'd also like something else wool for CWW... I have a plate fore a Godey's '63 ADORABLE jacket, or perhaps another dress...

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I like your blog, you should keep it up. Your dresses are really beautiful.