But first, I also have a resolution. When Robin and I started this blog, our plan was to post about project ideas and the process of creation. Looking back over our recent posts I think we are failing. Instead of a fun look at our creation process, we have mostly posted 'Look! I made something neat!' with some pictures. This is NOT my best effort at thoughtful posting. It's more like an afterthought. I CAN do better and I will attempt to do so going forward.
Now back to our program!
Outfits for specific events:
Haradrim - I've already posted this! I made this to challenge myself to work without a pattern; I made this so I wouldn't be one among a slew of princess dresses; I made this to indulge my general bad-assedness.
All this was achieved. I haven't worn it yet. Knowing me, I will go to the event, stay a couple of hours and go home early. This is one of those costumes that I enjoy making far more than wearing. It was huge fun to make a corset bodice and do everything (intentionally) wrong and yet have it work. I SHOULD have blogged about this. I had fun making decorations, adding metallic rivets and painted plastic that look very different than the original materials. It has also provided inspiration for a couple ideas creeping around the back of my head. So... Success!
Steampunk Ass-Kraken - I want to make something out of metal; I want to make a 'structural' bustle that can be worn as an ornament on it's own; I want to incorporate light and/or movement in a costume. I'm in waaay over my head, but having fun.
1920's - 30's for the Gatsby Picnic - Robin is going, and is making a dress. I love the sound of it but I'm still waffling. Let's face it, I'm fat and this era is brutal on fat chicks. At my age I should be OVER it but I'm not. That said, I have a 1911 pattern that I love. If I made it shorter (mid calf) I think it would 'read' early 1930s. That's my plan. The pattern is the wrong size so I need to make and fit a muslin. IF that works, I have two different lawn fabrics with contrasting trim that would make up wonderfully for this event.
Medieval - Robin and I are going to Costume College! Part of the program is an 'ice cream social' in medieval garb. So while I chose not to be a 'princess' for LOTR, that doesn't mean I don't want to actually make a princess dress. I have a pattern for a bliaut and was going to try and make one. But after thinking hard, I realize that using the same costume pattern that Robin used for her LOTR will result in a more flattering fit. Basically, who doesn't want a princess dress? Even if it's not so very flattering.
Also for Costume College - There is a Pajama Breakfast, and a Pirate Tea. I will wear my princess slip and my polonaise, respectively, after some alterations. Nothing major, but absolutely essential. There is also a 'Fantasy' evening that is wide open to anything. I will either wear the Haradrim or the Ass-Kraken. Whichever I'm most fond of when I'm packing.
Renaissance Dress - I'm two thirds of the way through this. We haven't picked a fair for this year, and I'm waiting for Robin to decide. But I would dearly like to finish this monster just to clear the sewing room and my brain.
Outfits I WANT (that I don't have a specific place to wear) -
Steampunk/Miliitary Jacket - I have had the fabric for two years. I have looked at a variety of patterns. I'm indecisive.
I have both of these patterns. I think I'm going to use the Truly Victorian since I plan to wear this with a bustle skirt. But I crave the asymmetry of the modern jacket. Plus, I wanted to make the top work like reveres, pivoting from the lowest button. Well, no one said I can't make two!
The jacket from True Grit - NOT 'her father's jacket' that she wears on the trail, but the simple jacket she wears at the beginning of the movie. I have no pattern. I will have to modify an existing pattern or drape it. And draping it is my challenge. A quick reminder picture:
1940's vintage swing coat - Pattern and fabric acquired. I need to make the time. And I want it to look classy and properly tailored so I need to NOT be in a hurry. This will improve my skills. Plus, swing coat!
1912 Project Duster - I have the pattern, the fabric and the lining. I need to re-size the pattern and make a muslin. I also need to make a decision about the lining. I bought a beautiful fabric - in fact, SO beautiful that I want to do something else with it. Anything else, but resign it to lining a coat I may never wear. This is a 'skill builder' and it may turn out awesome.
Bustle Dresses - I want them all! I have a smooth slightly shiny light grey wool and just bought a black, tan and white stripe fabric for accent. I have ruby red silk and dark green silk on the way. So many ideas!!!
I also want to do these things:
knit a sweater that I actually wear
So I'm vowing right now that I will post at LEAST weekly and plan on twice a week. I will post by project with more detail. I will update posts more often and then move them to the top of the blog so it isn't such a search to find things. Wish me luck!