My costuming goals shifted focus over the course of the year - in January of 2013 I had planned an extensive 18th Century wardrobe which has only partially materialized. However, attending a Regency ball last March expanded my historical fashion interests, and joining the Regency Society of Virginia has given me numerous opportunities to wear my new early 19th Century costumes - and reasons to make more!
I did make several of my planned items, though. Let's start with those:
Full set of 18th Century undergarments
See? I was already thinking about the Year of Foundations a full twelve months ago! I didn't make foundations a priority, though, which is why I accomplished very little in that area. My goals were to complete the following:
- bumroll and/or pocket hoops
I had planned:
- mob cap(s)
- velvet muff(s)
- sewing kit
|1 muff base and two removable covers|
This was a UFO at the beginning of the year, and I still want to add trim to it. But it's wearable, so it's done!
18th Century Petticoats
I had planned to make several of these out of various fabrics/curtains in my stash, and I completed...
White muslin "Felicity" dress
I had planned a recreation of this American Girl Felicity doll dress:
Then the Historical Sew Fortnightly happened, and my plans shifted to an 1813-era silhouette, coming up with this:
Now for the items I had NOT planned to make at the beginning of the year, but I'm so glad I did!
Blue Day Dress
I made it for the Regency Ball back in March, and I've worn it to numerous RSV events since I moved here in April.
Sheer Ball Gown
This gown has now been worn to TWO Regency balls, over both the white and the blue day dresses. Also, I seem to know only one way to pose for pictures. :p
Regency Dancing Slippers
This was such a fun project.
Green Straw Bonnet
I bought an ugly straw-brimmed baseball hat at Walmart, and turned it into a Regency bonnet!
Striped Cream Bonnet
I finished this bonnet just in time for my mom to wear it to the RSV Ladies' Tea during her visit in October. I drafted the pattern myself!
Gold Velvet Spencer
This was an ill-fitting modern jacket before I cut it short and tailored it to make a well-fitted Regency spencer. Also, the sleeves are removable so I can wear it as an evening bodice if I so choose.
This one was super simple to make. It's actually less simple to tuck all the edges neatly under the neckline of my dress. :p
I also drafted the pattern for this reticule, made from the scraps of the striped bonnet.
Green Swallowtail Jacket
Made from a bedsheet. True story.
And that's my year in review! I made everything from fabric that was already in my stash, or purchased for specific projects before December 31, 2012. I spent less than $200 total, and that was on notions, trims, and accessories. Now I can buy fabric again, and my first purchase of 2014 was this remnant of royal blue cotton velveteen:
This purchase actually represents an enormous amount of self-control. I bought it at the Colonial Williamsburg Costume Design Center (where I work) from a table in the Accessories department that has held an ever-changing selection of fabric remnants and craft supplies for sale since... August? I've walked by this tempting buffet every day on my way to the break room, and I didn't cave once! I did purchase some buttons and crochet hooks, but they're not fabric so it was ok. :p But now that I'm back - watch out!