So, it seems I can't just take a break from sewing for a bit... I have too many things I want to do (and too much fabric to do it all with) that I can't just sit around and do nothing. I knew this would happen. I've been so busy and stressed for the last three months really that I thought I need to impose at least two weeks of not working on anything. But of course the moment I'm done with something, my brain is full speed ahead on all the new projects I want to do.
Here's a list of the things I'm dreaming about doing. How many will actually happen and in what order is yet to be determined.
Regency ballgown - embroidered and beaded net fabric for this
Green striped round gown
Aqua Edwardian afternoon ensemble
Navy blue linen Gothic Fitted Dress with reversible wool sideless surcotte, oneside pink, one side light blue (for King Richard's Faire) - this was a new decision yesterday...
Northager Abbey riding ensemble - white trained gown with blue velvet spencer, neckcloth and top hat
Purple striped early bustle dress
And, I have tons of pretty silk in blues and greens that I'm thinking of making 18th century jackets with or something, plus a quilted silk petticoat to finish.
But of course I'm crazy and started a new project last night. I'd finished the pioneer stuff I needed to do and was doing some cleaning and organizing of the sewing area. As I was going through my fabric (and all these plans were tempting me) I decided to start with something easy and fun (that of course I have absolutely no need for) that I can hand sew on my trip or at work. Forget the fact that I am already working on an 18th century embroidered pocket. I am crazy.
Anyways, using the pattern from my Aqua spencer, I am making a simple drawstring Regency gown out of some embroidered cotton with a metalic stripe. I wasn't super happy with how my drop-front Regency dress came out for CosCon (especially the sleeves) and so I figured before jumping into some other regency dresses, I should first figure out a pattern that works. I cut it out and started sewing it last night. I am not lining it as I will wear it over my bodiced petticoat, and so I am flat felling all the seams. I love Regency dresses for hand sewing because they are so fast and easy! I have the bodice almost entirely assembled just from an hour and a half of sewing last night while finishing a movie! The other reason I started with this dress is because if I don't get to the Regency ballgown I will still have something I can wear to a dance, since the metalic thread makes it a little dressier than everyday occasions. Anyway. I hope it turns out! I think I'd have enough fabric to re-do the bodice if I'm not happy with it. I altered the pattern without doing a mock-up. Since I'm doing a drawstring closure, I figured it wouldn't be too much of a problem!
Anyway, I promise to post pictures of a lot of these things soon! I realize I still haven't posted pictures from Costume Con! I need to fix that! I had a couple new things that I was really happy with!