Sometimes I forget that I've only been doing this historic costume thing for under two years still. I've been interested in it for so long, and I feel like I have good hand skills, so when I can't get something to work how I want or if I don't know everything about an era or if it's not perfect I get really hard on myself. This is a reminder to myself to chill the heck out. I feel like I've come a long way in just those two short years. Sometimes looking at things I made just starting out I can really see my progress and it makes me happy to know that I can only get better from here, right?
I finished boning and started binding my new stays last night. They are looking pretty cute if I do say so myself! :) I'll have to snap a picture of them soon. I forgot to do that last night.
Just so it's not a picture-less post I'll share a pic of the lovely pile of ribbons I bought on my trip to Utah just a few weeks ago. There is a great pharmacy actually that sells lots of nick-knacks and clothes, and also, randomly, super pretty, super cheap ribbon. Even silk ribbon! So I went a little crazy. But I need more hats! :) So now the question is, what to use first...
As for my French Revolution hat I think I'm going to look for something at the thrift store and the antique show I'm going to this weekend that I can use as a base. I don't feel like starting from scratch. I always have my big pink pouffy hat from the picnic last year that I can wear. It was common to mix pink and red together, so I'm not worried about it "going".
Oh, also good news, my Georgiana shoes are on their way to me! Yay! That means I'll have them in time! The question is now, should I try to dye them before? I was thinking of dying them pink since I feel like that will just go with everything. The dresses I already have will all match pink, plus I already have a pair of ivory shoes, so keeping them that color isn't necessary. My other question is whether to do this myself (following the Dreamstresses instructions) or to take them somewhere. I'm worried about time in the case of the latter, but I could always wear them and then get them dyed. I am mortally afraid of ruining them. It is an outdoor event, so I guess we'll see. This of course is going to make me want the Devonshires too, the leather version. And all this is dependant on whether they actually fit when I get them... :P Anyway, something to look forward to!
I also spent part of last night looking through the books I checked out. I feel ok about doing a crossed and tied in back fichu, which makes me happy. I got an embroidery card that will be perfect for whitework on a fichu, so I'm going to get started on that soon as well. I'm also close to being done with my cap, so that will give me an option if I don't want to wear my wig or really do my hair. I think caps under hats look super cute.
Anyway, that's the update so far! I won't have much time for working on things tonight or later this week (hooray for Harry Potter!!) but I think I'll still be able to get everything done in time. Especially if I'm not such a freaking perfectionist!