Sunday, June 9, 2013

Decisons, decisions, decisions.....

I've been having a horrible time of trying to pick out my next project to work on. I don't really have an era of look that I could point to and say "this is so me." I go to a lot of different themed events, not all historical. I like costumes from movies I know aren't accurate. My body type works very well for the 1920s. I have my one '20s dress that I love, but not enough to expand to a full wardrobe.

I have several projects I've been in and out of love with. Mostly because I see a new pattern and go "o0o0o0o0ooo0ooo!!!!!" and then completely switch gears. My latest out of nowhere decision was to pick up a copy of Simplicity 3791. It's a very close version to a dress at the MET.


(admit it, you can't even tell which one is labeled Simplicity!)

The trouble is. I've never really like the big hoop era. But a friend is going to Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, and that sounds super fun. I'll be going, and since I respect a theme, I need to have a dress. But this dress does not say practical November clothing. I bought it anyway. I'm sure I'll find something that says cold weather resistant. And I have lots of teal wool sitting around. Did they have teal wool then?

Of course all of this takes away from a Victorian mourning dress I've been wanting to make for a "theatrical seance" I'm going to in August. And the Anne Boleyn dress I purchased green velvet for last December. And the 1920s day dress I wanted to make if I plan to return to the Jazz Age Lawn party on Governor's Island in NY in August.......

Uh.... help?

Thursday, June 6, 2013


This past weekend was the Dress U Conference held in Frazer, PA. I didn't make anything new for the event (money and motivation being the main issues). But I did manage to get a photo or two of outfits I have made while having this blog!

The first is of my 18th century polonaise. I wore it to the Friday Welcome Reception. It was very comfortable considering we were outside, and it was fairly humid and probably in the high 80s. Had I been wearing anything to constricting and I may well have fainted in horror at SewLoud, who clearly did not get the dress 18th century memo.
Thanks to In The Long Run for the photo!

This second photo is of my robe a la francaise. It came from my own camera, so who knows who actually took the photo. Alas, it wasn't on the proper setting for such an oddly illuminated area. But you can see it's on me, and glory in my massive wig of poof.

(you can also find the bathrooms!)