It’s hard to think of sewing and write blog posts when a most beloved family member is taken to her deathbed. My paternal grandmother left us for her eternal heavenly home on April 10th.
For the past couple weeks I’ve taken a step back from the usual stresses of life. (Of course, the bills still need to be paid, arrangements made, and the dishes washed (do I really have to do that now??).
But then I did what comes naturally – I found myself back in the sewing room. And the projects have been started. Motivation comes from action. Life goes on. So here is what’s in the works as I pick up the pieces to move forward.
The 1873 Licorice Princess dress is halfway done! Ok… well, it’s already at this point because I’m re-using the underskirt from my 1875 Scotch & Soda dress. Re-purpose costume pieces? You bet!
The evening bodice will be taken from the 1873 Blackberry Cream pattern with some minor adjustments. I found some lovely net lace & edging in downtown Los Angeles last weekend that will butter it up nicely. Mmm… lace…
You see, I’m wearing the dress with my new tiara. So the dress demands some trim to simply balance all that sparkly-ness on the top of my head. Still working on the trim design but it’s coming along… and therapeutic too.
The other large project to come out to play on the cutting table is the 1838 Persimmon Puff Dress. I have managed to copy the pattern and cut the mockup fabric (after a quick trip to the store for muslin – because wouldn’t you know I run out and the last yard & a half on the bolt will only mockup ONE sleeve. Yeah… HUGE is an understatement for this sleeve.
The last project that has pushed itself into my schedule is my gown for the Costume College Gala. Now, unfortunately I can’t give you much details but, think *yellow.* Happy yellow. And white lace trim.
It’s going to be a reproduction of a movie costume that initially inspired me to go into making historical costumes. It’s one of those “I’m only going to make this dress once” projects. I’ve had the lace for about 15 years… Time to use it huh?
My grandmother would be proud. 🙂