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Sewing Recap - 2012

An Elizabethan inspired hat and garb for my friend Dave.
Dave's Elizabethan Hat
buttoned front view

A bridal corset, skirt, and two bodices.  I don't have any better photos of the bodices or skirt, unfortunately.

Gloves for the FFD train ride.  I now have a crazy amount of respect for glove makers - lots of small pieces that have to be attached with 1/8" seam allowances.  I tried both machine and hand sewing and found them equally challenging, but machine sewing was much faster.  This pic makes them look horrible and blobby, but they're made with stretch faux suede so they conformed fairly well to my hands and arms.  I need to add some elastic to the cuffs when/if I wear them again.

A Natural Form half-mourning ensemble, including undies and a hat.
Combinations, Dore Corset, and Petticoat
Mourning Hat 1
Mourning Hat 2

Two Georgian outfits.  Chris's included a shift, stays, pocket hoops, pockets, two petticoats, the dress, the hat, and the coverall/apron she used when she was painting.  Mine was a shift, two petticoats, a bumroll, the dress, and the hat.  I'm hoping to fix some fit issues with Chris's and get some detailed photos of both soon.
Georgian Picnic 2012
My first en fourreau back!
En Fourreau!
Chris Painting

I also made a few other things that I didn't bother taking pictures of - two fichus, a corded farthingale, some curtains for my kitchen, various mockups, and some non-sewing accessories like earrings and hat pins.  I've got an Elizabethan outfit in progress for Chris (including a hat, caul, and embroidered cuffs for pre-made gloves), various in progress outfits for Ben and I from the Gen Con fiasco, and I'm hoping I'll have time over the next several days to sew covers for two dog beds and some small appliance covers for my mixer, bread machine, and food processor.

All in all, it was a pretty productive year!  Strange how that works, since I distinctly remember feeling like I could get so much more done if only [fill in the blank].  Certainly the first couple months of the year were slow.  I think the only thing I did then was plan and plot, and reorganize my sewing room.  Maybe that was just the calm before the storm!

Next year I'm looking forward to trying new eras (Edwardian or teens, Regency) and adding to my 18th century wardrobe (mitts, 'real' stockings, garters, maybe a riding habit.)  Bring on the adventure!

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Hopefully this will post this time, the app crashed on me.

Looks like you had a great year! Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2013! :)

Thanks! I think it gets more fun every year. I really love our little group of costume buds!

Was your mourning dress based off a Worth? Your work is so beautiful! I think that ensemble is my favorite of this year's items you finished, though it is all lovely!

Also, it was neat meeting your friend at the picnic. :)

Yep, it was based off a Worth! I found a pic of the original on Pinterest, but naturally I didn't repin it. LOL I'll have to go digging again and get all the info about it. I'm thinking it needs a lobster bustle to make it look more like the original, but it seems I'm fresh out of those. ;) Thanks for the compliment! It may be my favorite of the year too. :)

Chris had fun meeting you too. It's a small world, isn't it?

Edited at 2012-12-19 04:06 pm (UTC)

Wow, that's a lot of pretties! And what a beautiful corset. I hadn't seen it before.

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