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2013 in Review

It's about 3 weeks late, but better late than never, right?  Big thanks go out to padawansguide, who, by posting hers yesterday, gave me the push I needed to do my own and also made me feel a lot better about procrastinating so long.  ;)

In going through my archived entries for the year, I realized that I was pretty lax about posting my finished garments.  I mentioned a lot of them, then left it hanging for a future post that never happened.  In light of that, some of these pics have longer descriptions with them so you can get at least the basics I would have given in a normal post.  I'm resolving right now to be better about posting stuff this year.  :)

Safari at the Zoo 2013
Safari at the Zoo outfit.  The skirt is Truly Victorian 1901, made with polyester crepe suiting (stash fabric) and wooden buttons from Etsy.  The blouse is Butterick 4049 (out of print) made with a cotton shirting with delicate gold stripes (also stash fabric.)   I made a corset cover to wear under the blouse since the fabric is so sheer, but I have no pics of it and honestly, it needs some tweaking for a better fit.  I bought the pith hat on eBay and trimmed it with faux leather straps.

Picnic with the Pixies 2013
Picnic with the Pixies, part two.  I was too sick for part one, so I was thrilled to make it the second one!  The underdress is made from silk dupioni and polyester chiffon and the vest is made from upholstery velvet.  Everything is from Simplicity 9929 (out of print.)  I started this gown in 2012 for Gen Con Indy but was too sleep deprived to finish it in time.  It was perfect restyled as a fairytale queen after I added some jewelry, the wirework crown and 5-strand braided hairpiece.

Blue Victorian Evening Attire
Masquerade Bustle Outfit from CoLoW.  I used an old base skirt, but dressed it up with a new evening bodice (stash fabric), wirework mask, and jewelry.  The gloves I got off eBay.

Bastille Day Brunch 2013
I made a chemise a la reine for a small outing with friends.  We celebrated Bastille Day with bruch at La Madeliene - yum!  The dress and sash were made for the occasion (from stash fabric), and I decorated a floppy 'straw' hat I had laying around.

Chris's Court Garb
I made a Ren Faire style outfit for a friend.  The skirt is a stretch cotton brocade, the chemise is a cotton blend I've had in my stash for a long time, and the bodice is a combination of upholstery fabric and faux leather.  There's a TV tray holding up the dress form, which is giving the skirt and odd thrust.  That doesn't happen when she's wearing it.  :)

front as worn by shane all finery
Shane's Court Garb
So this was my biggest project of the year - Dressing a (LARP) King.  I made his crown, chain of office, robe, and a new shirt and restyled and refit the doublet.  Looking back over the year, this is the project that stands out the most.

Priest of Mithra, Tugen's Coronation 2013
This was a companion piece to Dressing a (LARP) King.  There was a very fancy procession and coronation planned, and my friend requested a priest/pope style robe for someone playing the part of the head of the in-game church.  I also made 5 floor-length, sleeved, hooded robes for the event, though they were so basic I didn't bother with getting any photos.  I never posted this because I worried that someone might be offended by it.  It's an important part of my year in review though, as the priest outfit was completed at 2am the day I left to take care of my mom after her mastectomy.  For the next two months, I didn't sew anything.

miniature portrait
red coral necklace
For the Georgian Picnic, I tweaked the fit of the chemise a la reine and made these two new accessories.

Candlelight 2013 1
For Candlelight, I made a capelet and a purse, and I bustled the skirt of a natural form dress to make it more bustle era.

This has made me feel a lot better about last year.  I found several things that made me go, "Oh yeah!  I forgot about that..."  I made a pretty decent amount of stuff, and every bit of fabric I used on my own outfits came from the stash.  I even used some stash fabric and trim on outfits for other people!  I definitely want to keep up that trend this year.  Here's some other stuff I want to do this year:

1.  Regency underthings.  I need it all, and I need it by mid-March!
2.  Regency clothes.  That's very vague as I haven't completely decided what I want yet, but I'd like to have two outfits by mid-March.
3.  Regency headgear.  I'm thinking some kind of bonnet, but it's still up in the air.
4.  18th century mitts.
5.  A new bustle outfit with new accessories to match.
6.  A new natural form outfit, the frillier the better.
7.  18th Century jacket.
8.  Something Elizabethan or Tudor.  This is also vague, but I've got some stash fabric crying out to be used.  Then I'll need to find an event for the outfit.  LOL

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Glad I wasn't the only one who got this up late! :-) Glad you posted it though - you made a lot of gorgeous things this year!

I had honestly decided I'd missed the boat on posting when I saw yours. I figured if you can do what you want, so can I! ;) And thank you!

Nah, it's never too late! I have a friend that does Con round-ups a year after they happened. :-)

You had a fantastic year! LARP king is very impressive, but I love everything else you made too.

Lots of beautiful things! Great job.

Gosh, you really had an impressive year! I'm like you about mentioning things, but then putting off final reports and details until they never even happen.

Thank you! It was kind of shocking to look back and see how many things I never posted about. I must have been very busy during that time!

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