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Nothing much to report again.  Let me see...

It was ridiculously warm. 84 at least. Now they're saying 89 tomorrow, before a cold front comes through Thursday overnight.

I got a bag on ASOS. Anyone heard of Lavand? It's clearance, probably left over from summer. I love the colors, and it's a cute design without being too cutesy.  I won't use it as a purse. Usually going in to work I have my purse and my small lunch bag, but fairly often I have extra things. Like 2-liter soft drinks, or half and half for my morning tea. Or a clean tea mug. It's not glamorous and actually rather annoying to drag those in with a Walmart bag, or try to negotiate everything into the lunch bag. This is the perfect size for a 2-liter and lunch bag, and really no bigger. PLUS it has a top zip. Absolutely imperative, since when it storms it's usually when I'm walking the nearly quarter mile from my car. So that's nice. I won't be able to use it tomorrow, but I probably will Monday.



16 February 2017 10:01 pm
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Did anyone see the$9.99 silk taffeta sale at Fabric Mart? There's some really good stuff. The jacquards in particular are extremely nice for mid-19th century. Patterned silks with woven texture are fairly common in extants, but not often seen in reproduction. A lot of the tan blends (just one example) look very much like things I've seen in museums and on ebay. I can't do the tan/beige/gold family, but a lot of you can. You need them!
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It was fun! So crowded. Good thing we met up in the morning instead of mid-afternoon.

The weather continues wet and chilly; lots of fog and drizzle. I'm glad it wasn't actually raining, because that is very bad for nice bonnets. Tomorrow is supposed to warm up but have a lot of thunderstorms. It could be interesting! I'm glad I don't have to go anywhere after church.

I was tempted by Rey's boots that [personal profile] padawansguide posted, but they aren't quite what I need. Funnily enough, I went shopping on Friday right after she posted, and realized that morning I did need some casual boots. (I have some, but I need to give up denying that they really are a tiny bit too short. Sadness.)  The only ones that really caught my eye were these at Macy's.  I really fell for them, even though it met driving to another mall to get my size. (Not making the slightly-too-short mistake again!) I didn't realize until I got home that their design is practically identical to Rey's. Overlapping front and back, and snugging up with a single long back tie.  They'd never be mistaken for each other, but it's a great design and super comfortable. I love them! They're lined with (faux) shearling and quite cozy.

Rey's "Piper V" by Po-u.

White Mountain "Tivia"

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I finally went through my coats/gloves/winter hats capsule a week or so ago. There were a few things that I can give away, and a few more than I may put in a "holding zone" since I'm really not using them at present but don't want to give up right away.

It was also clear I needed some more gloves. Leather gloves, for driving and for wind protection. I have plain black and suede ones that aren't that heavy, and some green ones that are great but starting to look pretty worn. I bought two pair. One black, but heavier, with rabbit fur cuffs. (I prefer longer lengths or cuffs to fill in the coat sleeve gap.) And another navy, since I have several navy coats and wear lots of navy. They arrived today and are great! Of course it will be 80 degrees tomorrow...

The other thing I ordered was a wool beret. Soft berets are the best winter hat for me, since they don't give me too much hat hair, cover my ears, and don't blow off in the wind. I have only two, one a soft pink knit, and the other a brick red knit. They're good, but slightly limiting in color scheme, and not as warm as they could be in super high winds. When I was in Nordstrom a couple weeks ago I tried a cream wool beret that fit very well. Thick and dense, but soft and a good size for my head.  I ordered it over the weekend and it should arrive next week.
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*throws confetti*

*runs in circles*

What else do you do when you find the Holy Grail?

Spread the word!
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Genuine buttoning, two-tone, looks like off-white and brown.  $30 starting bid.

The toe puzzles me a bit; it's almost an almond shape. But the shape of the uppers and the heel looks mid/late 1860s.

No size given! But they're small. Length from toe to heel is 9"; if you're close to that, I'd definitely inquire if it's an inside or outside measurement.

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Today was an off Friday, so I was able to sleep in a little bit. The morning and a little bit of the afternoon I did the monthly bills; not the most fun thing to do, but necessary and instructive as always.

Then I got to work on the petticoat. My late-night post may not have been clear; while I did not finish it, I did complete all of the skirt seams. So I did the hem and put in tucks with the handy-dandy antique Singer attachment.  After a false start (getting the spacing wrong for the second tuck), I got in all five tucks pretty rapidly. For future reference, angled seams do make tucks a little tricky. More importantly, though, as the series continues, it gets harder for the tucker to mark the fold of the next tuck because of the thickness of the previous tucks folded under. Also, sometimes the edge of a previous tuck gets hung up on the fold line marker, which throws off the fold line. It would probably be less of an issue on something lighter than Pimatex. Otherwise, working tucks from the top down, or sewing from the underside, would be the better choice.

The ruffler also gave some difficulty. It's hard to gather to a specified length; and it didn't help for the needle to loosen itself and jam in the works in the middle of it! But it got gathered up okay. There was more drama, when the waistband ended up way too big, but I pleated it in a couple places and managed to get the straps a good length and placement.  It's a great petticoat!

Then, with the dress on over it, I realized two things: (1) Lawn is not the best material for 1810s-onward gowns.  It's SO soft and rather clingy. So especially in front, it doesn't hang just terribly well over the petticoat. I do believe that a couple of flounces would help, by weighing it down a bit. (2) The front panel was too narrow, and I had further messed it up by cutting and hemming slits instead of letting it open further to the side. It scarcely overlapped at all, and hung open.

Fortunately, this wasn't a terribly hard fix. I just cut the bib off it and replaced the front panel. The new one is wider by 4-5", and has no slits in it; just a simple apron-style opening. I did a casing for the top edge that has a ribbon through it.

All that's left is the little bit of hem at the front, and fixing a drawstring in the back neckline that pulled loose. Plus a button or two on the petticoat waistband.  I also need to get fabric glue tomorrow for the ribbon on the boots; though now I'm wondering. I'm not sure I want to disguise that lovely seam line. :) I did make bows out of white silk ribbon to go on the toes.

So once I get those little things done, I can get back to setting up the beading. Yay!

I almost forgot - my order from [profile] tayloropolis's Etsy store arrived today! Super fast work; I ordered on Sunday, and she had to custom-make it. I got a sapphire stone cross pendant with matching earrings, which are the double-drop style seen here. I got silver metal this time, too, since my red set is in gold. They're so pretty! I'm excited to wear them to the concert picnic on Sunday.

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I got all wound up from the amazing needlework goodness on my friendslist this week (goldwork! beetle wings!) so I went ahead and did some test motifs for the robe de style. Mixed results:

The Good: I love doing it! It's time-consuming, because they're all individual with no couching; but it's not solid beading, either. I love doing it. The motifs are interesting, and there's switching off in sizes fairly often, so it's not tedious.

The Not-So-Good: It was immediately clear that the 4mm pearls are too big in scale for the rest of my beads. So, more ordering!

The Good: 3mm pearls are only available in the cheaper but still nice Czech glass pearls. So I don't have to worry about where to use the more expensive ones, and how much of each size to order.

The Not-So-Good: Shipwreck Beads (great prices, $25 minimum) has a 30 day return policy, which I forgot - and I'm about 5 days past the time. So I'm stuck with a lot of 4mm pearls I can't use for this project and am unlikely to use for another.

[So, is anyone in the market for nice white 4mm pearls? :D I have 600 Preciosa Nacre Pearl - these are the nicest ones that aren't Swarovski, MOP, or real pearl. I paid $17.75 for them, but I'll accept $12.  I also have 1200 Preciosa Ornela Czech glass pearls, also very pretty. They're in packages of 300; one package is open, the one I used for a swatch, but all the pearls are there. I paid $12.50, so I'll accept $8.50 for the 4 packages or $2.50/pkg.]

Anyway! I also tested two methods of marking:

The Not-So-Good: First method was using a clear, writeable, tear-away stabilizer a friend lent me. It was very easy to use. I could lay it right over the pattern and draw very precisely with a pen, and it stayed on the silk in the hoop very well.  It was a little too hard to tear away for this project, though. Beading stitches are just looser than quilting or machine embroidery, and I'm concerned about pulling the beads off.

The Good: The other method, my original one, uses black tissue paper and silver Sharpie. I used a lightbox to transfer the pattern onto the black paper; that worked perfectly. It tore out easier than the stabilizer, and was actually a little more sturdy to sew through. I'll still have to use tweezer to pull out the small parts, but being black, any wisps left are invisible.

So I ordered a bunch more beads, and now it's late at night again. Grr. But now I can really make some beading patterns! Yay!
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As the first day of the four-day weekend, I took my friend to the fabric warehouses in Dallas for her birthday. She'd never been, so it was fun. We spent most of the day there, with a break in the middle for a huge lunch at Red Lobster. I'm still very full!

Although I wasn't really looking for anything, I bought the most. At Golden D'or I found a bolt with two yards of a really gorgeous silk brocade. The ground is an eggshell/tan, with a pattern of foliage in sage and flowers in pink, blue, purple, and yellow. The colors are rich and jewel-like, not faded. It's not the same design as this gown, but it's a similar effect. What can I do with two yards? Anything besides a jacket? (It's a good thing there wasn't enough for a sacque - at $18/yd it wasn't unreasonable, but I haven't budgeted for a big gown!)

I also found a green print that has a very 40s look - green flower shapes on a background of small green dots, some of the flowers made of fine stripes. It's a lightweight fabric, too, so much better suited for dressmaking than quilting cotton is. It was $3/yd. At the same place I found a really adorable tropical print. The ground fabric is a darkish gray/sage, which I'm not wild about, but it's got ocean liners and palm trees, and little huts on tiny islands, and pineapples and guitars - and those colors are white, gray, tans and browns, and two shades of pretty green, and two shades of pretty pink! It's SO cute. There was not much of it at all, alas - less than 2 yards. But I may be able to eke out a skirt, or definitely a shirt/top of some kind. And it was in the $2/yd section, and the lady measuring just call it one yard. I can deal with it for $2!

Best Fabrics, which used to be at the corner of Harry Hines and Perth, just moved across the street on Harry Hines into a bigger store. I just happened to look closely at one of the few wools they had - navy blue cavalry twill!  Some of you remember the vintage jodhpurs I wore to the Safari at the Zoo last year:


These fit me wonderfully in the waist and hip, but are ludicrously short in the legs. I could add at least 3" both above and below the knee. Even my Bro. No. 2 knew the solution - take them apart and make a pattern! They're pretty generic and don't have tricky tailoring, so it would be pretty simple. The big thing that's been holding me back is finding cavalry twill. It's still made (obviously) but rarely labeled as such, and while the double twill is obvious in person it's hard to see online. And I've also dithered about what color I want. The green is great; but tan is more traditional AND more adventure-y; and navy is my 1940s base neutral. So this takes it out of my hands. And not only was it $10/yd, they're having a 25% off sale on everything because of their move! Yay!

So of course I want to make those now instead of finishing the Pesky Pannier. :p

Anyway, I was way too tired by the time I got home to sew much. But I did use my last package of dye remover on one of the lengths of lace I got in my shopping spree several weeks ago. It's a very fine cluny-type edging, but unfortunately distinctly ecru. Which will look lousy on my white undies. But the dye remover seems to have mostly worked. It's not pure white, but I think it's just barely off-white. That'll do.

Now I think I'm going to set my hair in sponge rollers. I'm getting tired of not curling it, and the hot rollers are a hassle and just don't give much curl after three days.

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... and I am squealing over them. They are SO CUTE! And they look SO GOOD!

It's hard to show from still pictures why they work for me so well. I think it's just that there are so many subtle things that are right, so altogether the effect just sings. Like the opposite effect of even the best vintage-inspired shoes worn with vintage outfits: there's going to be subtle things, like the shape of the toe, the  shape of the vamp, the shape and height of the heel, and the overall profile of the shoe, that keeps them from looking like they stepped out of a movie.

For the Nankeens, it's those same subtle details - some of which are significant design decisions - that give them a look that's so excellent. Like the shape of the toe. It's gently tapering and just slightly blunted, a shape that I don't recall seeing in any modern shoes. The angle of the seam is lovely, too, curving ever so slightly. The sewn eyelets are not obvious, but it's a totally different effect from metal eyelets. And the low spring heel is just right as well.

Most significantly, the lack of a toe box means that these boots have no stiffening except for what's necessary at the heel. The entire upper shapes itself to my foot, especially the toe, which is low without being flat. It hugs my ankle, tapering back in over the heel - a really lovely curve. And when worn, it almost gives the effect of being sole-less, since the upper overhangs the sole just a little bit all around, including the toe and heel. It's a very light, graceful look. They're VERY close to these, from the Powerhouse Museum.

I admit I've had qualms since I pre-ordered these, but they're gone now. I can't wait to wear them!  I guess it'll be at the 1812 Overture concert in the Gardens in June. I feel I'm just going to have to make that yellow muslin dress for the occasion. :p

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I spent a rather frustrating Wednesday evening. I did wear the stays around, which was good for them. But I broke the tape lace again. (This is developing into a very bad habit!) I scaled up and printed some patterns, which was good. I also estimated yardage for a few purchases. But I got myself worn out trying to decide how to make a period-appropriate 1916 petticoat (i.e. one that helps the skirt stick out) with a minimum of new fabric and work. (The catalogs full of silk taffeta petticoats with rows of tiny frills and bigger flounces and cutwork were not helping.) (I think I've decided just to settle for pimatex with three flounces [of pimatex or stiff organdy] and starch from there.) And also trying to estimate what lace I need for the princess slip and the envelope chemise. Ugh. This stage is just paralyzing!

So I need to make a master list, for each piece of each outfit if necessary, outlining specifically what patterns I need, what I will use, and what I need to buy/source.

1780s white silk Romney
Source: Portrait of Mrs. Moody
Materials have: white silk, pink silk, fine cotton for ruffles, linen lining
Materials need: button forms for cuffs
Pattern: Fit a basic 1780s block, starting from 1780s gown in POF p. 40, then altering for this to a straight front and back waist and fuller front with tucked (?) casing. 

1780s sprigged silk
Source: _____________ (several possibilities - separate brainstorming post)
Materials have: sprigged silk, linen lining, ivory striped sheer silk for ruffles
Materials need: trim?
Pattern: ______________ (also part of the brainstorming! I've never done a sacque-back gown and I'm getting scared)

1810s yellow muslin
Source: here and here
Materials have: yellow muslin, lining, cording
Materials need: nope
Pattern: hopefully something with the wide-set sleeves c. 1815. Either start with my white muslin pattern from years ago and try to fill in the armhole a bit, or use (a) 1818 pelisse from POF or (b) 1816 evening dress from Cut of Women's Clothes. Maybe do like [profile] the_aristocat and just free-hand trace it from my pattern and modify according to the two samples. ;)

also needed:
* 1810s shift 1 - nearly finished
* 1810s shift 2 - cut out, needs assembly
* 1810s petticoat (shorter and fuller, maybe with cord in hem) - use Pimatex
 Materials need: cotton cord for hem
 Pattern: narrower version of Skirt D from Hunnisett

1910s Envelope Chemise
Source: article from [personal profile] fancyfrocks's magazine, dated 1916
Materials have:
Materials need: batiste from Farmhouse Fabrics; __ yds various lace
Pattern: pattern from [personal profile] fancyfrocks

1910s Corset
Source: none really; reference above article
Materials have: white brocade coutil; garters (search "hose supporters" on ebay for the wide ones), lace
Materials need: busk, boning, corset lace
Pattern: [personal profile] jenthompson's pattern

1910s Brassiere
Source: article again, confirming what was worn in 1916
Materials have: probably Pimatex
Materials need: boning (probably)
Pattern: article/pattern for hooked brassiere, from [personal profile] jenthompson

1910s Princess Slip
Source: n/a
Materials have: some lace
Materials need: batiste from Farmhouse Fabrics; 2.5 yds narrow beading for minimum
Pattern: pattern from [personal profile] fancyfrocks

1910s Petticoat
Source: catalogs from [personal profile] fancyfrocks, showing the crisp taffeta petticoats necessary to hold out the flared skirts of 1916
Materials have: Pimatex cotton, super stiff "cambric" (have 2 1/4 yds, 39" wide)
Materials need: 18 yds edging if I do three frills and edge them all, stiff organdy from Pure Silks if it's better than Pimatex or there's not enough cambric
Pattern: princess slip pattern as base, using circular flounce; mount flounces on it

1910s Empire Negligee
Source: May Manton pattern
Materials: white crossbarred muslin, pink silk ribbon & lace trim unused from 1860s sheer
Materials need: none
Pattern: same as the source

1916 Blue Sprig Dress
Source: middle dress, from a 1916 catalog owned by [personal profile] fancyfrocks
Materials: semisheer white cotton with woven openwork and woven dots, printed with a blue sprig pattern, very similar to the catalog picture. Blue silk taffeta left over from the Star dress for the sash and buttons. Some nice cotton for collar and cuffs.
Materials need: pleated net for collar and cuffs trimming
Pattern: waist and skirt patterns from [personal profile] fancyfrocks

1920s Bandeau
Source: n/a
Materials have: vintage pink medium-heavy rayon satin from antique mall
Materials need: 3+ yards 1/2" ribbon for straps; 2" wide elastic (pink if possible)
Pattern: Women's Wear of the 1920s

1920s Teddy
Source: Les modes, showing this as the most common/fashionable undies
Materials have: some lace; white silk ribbon
Materials need: white crêpe de chine from Dharma
Pattern: Women's Wear of the 1920s

1920s Pannier
Source: shape from model image
Materials have: narrow steel hoop wire
Materials need: black silk organza from Dharma
Pattern: Costume Close-Up and 1920s example with similar a-line shape

1920s Navy Beaded Robe de Style
Source: 1 and 2
Materials have: navy silk; cotton for lining
Materials need: beads, cotton net, organza for lining (maybe)
Pattern: pattern from [personal profile] fancyfrocks and Women's Wear of the 1920s (Lanvin copy)

1940s Open Midriff Evening Gown
Source: Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not
Materials have: heavy-ish rayon crepe in dark teal blue
Materials need: metal ring (try Home Depot); hopefully fresh tropical flowers for hair
Pattern: Draping from ebay image and basic blouse and skirt patterns from stash

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If anyone is interested, today Fabric Mart has satin 45% off. Most is polyester, but there are some black and navy 100% silk satins as well. If you have a use for non-duchess silk satin in those colors, have at it!

Black silk satin, 44w, $13.74
Black silk satin, 44w, $8.24
Black 2ply silk satin, 44w, $8.24
Midnight navy silk satin, 44w, $13.74
Navy matte silk satin, 54w, $10.99
Silver silk/cotton satin, 44w, $8.24

There are also a few silk satin georgettes on sale. And if you're in the market for poly satin, most are $3.24/yd.

And linen/linen blends are also 45% off, today only. This metallic-glazed taupe linen is really interesting for something fantasy.
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So yes, I really do like the new American Duchess boots, the "Nankeen."  These are cloth boots, very commonly worn from 1800-1820. I've been longing for cloth boots so I can be just like the heroines of Georgette Heyer's books - they're all well-equipped with "jean" boots.  

I particularly like the slimmer ankle on these, compared even to the Hartfield, the American Duchess leather Regency boots.

A famous pair of surviving original boots is trimmed with ribbon on the seams, and cute little bows. 

Source: Museum of London. Dated 1815.

This post is partially made as a giveaway contest winner... but honestly, I've been hoping for these for quite a long time, and I'll probably end up ordering them anyway. Footwear, like millinery, is something I am NOT talented at creating, although so many of you are. So I'd rather save for a close-to-perfect pair. It makes me happy. :)
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The Clover Pen Style Chaco Liner!  $11 at Joann - currently $5.50 during their half off notions sale.

Only white and yellow are sold in stores; I'm told that the yellow can stain. Blue, pink, and silver are available online.

Out of curiosity, I just measured my stitches. Yeah... the latest row was 13 or 14 stitches/inch. For comparison, one of my first rows on the first piece, when I was still figuring this out, was exactly 10 stitches/inch. So now I can dial it back a bit! Honestly, it didn't feel like an ordeal. Progress wasn't fast, but I'm not trying to be fast; and it doesn't hurt my fingers. (Just my supporting hand when I hold the piece wrong.)
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... but this airplane skirt has GOT to come to me.

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I didn't sleep too late, but I did move slowly, trying a new way to curl my hair (way more work than it's worth) and making a grocery list. (The plan was to actually get groceries before leaving for an 11 o'clock appointment, but that didn't happen.) I went to my 11 o'clock, then since I was over there I hung out with my parents for a few hours.  Then I spent 3 hours at the antique mall by their house.

I don't know why I spend so much time at antique malls! I love it, but wow, I get tired, too. This was a good trip, though. One booth had some nice vintage linens, including a basket of colorful hankies. I controlled myself (and was cheap) and got one red one, and one dark blue one with red flowers. I also got a feedsack with pink/plum flowers, plus lime green leaves and navy swooshes.

But my best find was a vintage 50s/60s Swirl-like wrap dress for $40. It's made from a vivid pink/peach color cotton with a wide border print of blue and green parrots in 3 rows on some bamboo. It looks made at home, by an expert seamstress. Not only is the stitching very nice (as well as some neat mending under the arms), but the planning of the layout of the border print was really good.

And after 15 minutes with Google, I found the sewing pattern it was made from! How cool is that?

Obviously the border print goes around the hem. It's very wide, so it covers half the length. But then she added a seam down the middle of the bodice, then cut the pieces out on the bias so the rows chevron down the front. And the long ties are cut so the bamboo runs down both of them!  It's an expert piece of work. And even though it must have seen some wear (the underarm repairs), the fabric is still fairly crisp and it doesn't look faded. I'll definitely put up pictures soon. I was going to take some tonight, but I'm too tired.

So after I finished at the antique mall, I drove home through rush hour, got groceries for the next two weeks, made dinner, and went to Home Depot. I'm beat. But it was a good day. :)

ETA: [personal profile] jordannamorgan , one of the booths had a bunch of the Universal Monster cards. Are you trying to get the full set? According to one ebay seller, these are from the Milton Bradley game "Monster Old Maid." :p


27 June 2013 01:06 pm
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I've waffled and search and almost bought, then delayed to find someone else had bought, so I decided I just had to get SOMETHING to wear on my feet with the court dress. I've pretty much decided to settle for mules, because it's easier to find a pretty pointy (and even up-tilted) toe and interesting vamp. One last-ditch search abruptly found these. The price was excellent ($10 for Buy It Now) so I got them!

They're nowhere near perfect for the period. The vamp is too low in front, the heel is too short (and thus more 1790s than 1690s), and they're obviously modern Indian (or Indian-inspired) shoes. But! The color is right, the embellishment is SO pretty and rich-looking and not terribly far from period in effect, the toe is pointy and tilting up, and I really like the pointy vamp, like in these examples. AND I don't have to do anything to them. Besides get the cobbler to replace the heel tip, that is. But no time taken away from other projects, yay!

I finally bought my party ticket for CoLoW, so I do plan to be there for the masquerade on Saturday. Jay, can I take you up on the offer to change in your room? When is a convenient time for me to arrive? I'm thinking 30 minutes before; Maid Marian doesn't take too long to get into. But on that note, when IS the masquerade?

"Hello, Dolly!" rehearsals are going really well.  The dancing is challenging enough for me (I've even gotten sore!), I even get to tap a little bit, I have a few tiny "limelight" bits, and the singing is really good. This is the first show I've been in that the chorus has worked so hard! Usually we do a lot of sitting while the main cast runs scene after scene. That'll come in a week or two, when we really start putting the pieces together. But the big chorus numbers are wonderfully complex and challenging, so there's a lot to learn and work on.

Last night we had a tiny Bible study (just me and one other girl). It was a good discussion, and prayer requests segued into my showing her the projects I still have left to do. It was so encouraging and motivating just to show it to her. She's not showed just a whole lot of interest before, but she really seemed so interested and even excited about what I was doing. Plus she had ideas and suggestions that helped me, on two different things! I was really motivated after that.

Instead of sewing for an hour for the rest of the evening, though, I sat down and finished ordering a few other things. I finally got a wig to do my 1790s style: this one, from Jamie on ebay.  I got it because I want a smaller hedgehog for the mid-1790s, instead of a really huge one. The Alonge is usually recommended, but the color choices are very limited.  I wanted to try something a bit different from my natural color, because I can always USE my natural color if I want it.  Y'all dissuaded me from going reddish, because it wasn't a fashionable color; so I went lighter.  My natural color is a mix of brown, blonde, and red (varying amounts depending on the time of year), but overall it's between a 10 and a 12. So I went with 14 (Light Golden Brown), which is overall lighter, without being BLONDE.  I'm definitely going to see what it does with the pink hair powder, too!

The other thing I ordered was two hanks of Kanekalon hair. Do you know how hard it is to find medium-colored shades of that stuff?! This is the only seller on ebay with color 12. Wow.

Also, my Robert Lands have shipped. Cream and black boots for me! Finally!  Now I'm just waiting on the American Duchess Highbury shoes to come. The delivery date keeps slipping out - I'm getting concerned. Didn't the pre-order say mid-May? Then it was June, and now it's July. I keep expecting a blog on it, but nothing has happened. I need to drop her an email and ask - I really want these for my Curtain-Along dress.

So this weekend I probably won't get a whole lot done. I'll try to work hard on Saturday morning/afternoon: wear the bodice to stretch the waist, and work on my outfit for the 4th of July (Independence Day).  Like last year, I'm in the parade that morning with the WWII group. I'm making navy linen shorts (a pleated pattern, very similar to Wearing History's Rita shorts) with a white pique playsuit top. It'll be trimmed with navy rickrack and red buttons (my friend's idea yesterday). I'm sure that outfit will also show up at Costume College by the pool!

Next week, though I need to hit it hard and get the majority of everything done. After the 4th, Friday is a regular off work day, and I'm taking a vacation day on Monday. So that's five days in a row, with no commitments (yet) except for the parade, and that will be done by 11 AM.  My goals are to finish the Gala dress and to muslin/pattern the Curtain Along dress and the parts on the secret project that I don't already have made up. It would feel so good to be done with the Gala dress!

nuranar: (vintage style)

For those of you doing baroque/17th century sometime, I wanted to mention the jewelry maker Sapphire & Sage.   Most of their offerings are Tudor-period, but they also have pearl drop earrings.  These medium to large pearl drops are everywhere in 17th- and early 18th-century portraits.

Plus, there are options! They offer them in two sizes (regular and BIG), either white or cream, either gold or silver metal, and three wearing options: kidney wire, pierced hoop, or unpierced hoop.  I ordered some

I ordered white ones in the regular size, with gold metal. I also took a chance on the pierced hoop. I'm so glad I did! The kidney hooks look a little modern to me, possibly just because they're easy to find; but now that I'm looking, I'm seeing pearls on hoops in many portraits.

The smaller size of earrings varies; the webpage explains that pearl drops aren't always easy to find. My white ones are just under 3/4", or 18 mm, and rather narrow instead of bulbous. And I'm really looking forward to wearing them. :)

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Claudette Colbert)
I had most of the work for my crown done this morning. The temporary is in now and the numbness wore off hours ago. My jaw is still very sore from being held open so long, though. I'm very glad I won't be doing serious singing tomorrow.

The trip to Dallas for court dress stuff was moderately successful. I have some really nice fake fur from Golden D'or (thanks, Jen!), and a true gold on white brocade for the petticoat from Best Fabrics.  Neither one cost very much, either; the brocade was $6/yd, and it was about 62" wide. The fur/minky was more like $13/yd, but I got 1.5 yds and I'm pretty sure I overbought.

Only things left to actually buy now?
* brooch things
* white fringe
* lace (3 sizes)
* silver cord
* silver tassels (or materials for making)

Easy. >.<

I also lucked into a 2.5 yd remnant of handkerchief linen at Golden D'or for $6/yd. It's more like $8/yd plus shipping from Fabric Store, so it's a good investment. It'll probably be turned into drawers.

Now we'll see if I can turn around this bodice in 9 days! Or maybe I'll think of another tiny project to use for the Literature challenge. I have very little desire to kill myself over this dress.

Oh, I also stopped at the new antique mall in Arlington. It's run by the same people who do the Montgomery Street one in Fort Worth. Nice stuff, true antiques (not gift stuff), in most cases priced fairly but not for bargains.  BUT I still came away with a picture: this botanical poster from 1730, matted and framed in a gilt frame.  For $10. Very happy!   The colors are beautiful, less primary than the All Posters one. It will look so pretty in my sitting room.


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