In the first two weeks of March I will be attending not one, but two events that are outside the Regency era! It's very exciting, but I may be a little insane because these two events are not only back-to-back weekends, but also wildly different periods. :p
On March 5, the annual Battle of Hampton Roads event takes place at the Mariner's Museum, and I have been invited to participate! Of course, I have absolutely nothing 1860s. Yet.
|Fabric and potential patterns|
I have not yet decided which pattern I am going to use, but I'm leaning towards 1818, which I just bought yesterday. (99 cent Simplicity patterns at JoAnn's!) I think the coat sleeves are better suited to such a large plaid, and I was already planning on attempting to make the bodice and skirt separate when I was looking at using 4400. I like the idea of future mix-and-match potential. I welcome any input from people who have done 1860s, because I'm very new to the era!
The second event is the fabulous Francaise Dinner on March 12! I have been yearning to attend this annual dinner for a couple of years now, but lack of proper attire (and some scheduling conflicts) has held me back. I had intended to make a robe a la Francaise for this year's dinner, but that has not happened. I admit to being frightened of the prospect. However, I have learned that a Francaise is not required for the dinner, just 18th Century formal wear in general. Hooray!
...I have no 18th Century formal wear. :p I have exactly two outfits, both of which are very informal:
However, I do have this old thing:
|Isn't it lovely? :p|
|Might need a ruffle|
Of course I also need petticoats for the 1860s gown, as well as a chemise and possibly drawers. (I already have a corset that will work, at least.) And if I go with the second pattern, I'll need a chemisette and undersleeves (which are fortunately included in the pattern).
I also need to finish my 18th Century stays, and make a new shift if I have time. The one I have is cotton, and I'd prefer a linen one. The striped gown also needs neck and sleeve ruffles, in addition to the repairs and self-trim which are already underway. And I have ambitious plans for re-covering a pair of American Duchess shoes with embroidered silk, which may or may not happen in time. I'm going to be very busy for the next month!