Hello readers! I hope January has found you all well, and pray that this horrid flu epidemic spares most of us all from it's grip! My Mother made Em and I get the flu shot yesterday and we are hoping to ride it out.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the sickness does not spread much more!
It is so nice to be in 2013, and I am working on a new project. Last Fall I made an entire 1790's outfit, from the skin out! Now I am beginning a Civil War costume. It all came about because of a gift I got for Christmas.......ah the story! Pay attention dear friends and take heed how one thing to make can soon lead to a whole new project!
It all happened when my surprise Christmas gift arrived by mail a few days after Christmas. Most years I know what I'll be receiving, but this year I didn't have anything I wanted, since I got Caroline and my boots for my birthday. My Mother and Father told me that what they ordered was something I'd always wanted, but never thought was possible to get! I had no idea what it was!
But I could not have been more pleased-they bought me an 1860's bonnet KIT!
They bought it from a fabulous lady HERE.
Well, one thing led to another from here. I needed a dress to match the bonnet and then needed a corset to go with the dress to match the bonnet!
My sister Em had quite the laugh when she heard my reasoning! Oh what fools we sewers be!
Well, it just so happened that on Dec. 19th I found some gorgeous brown silk taffeta at Joannes fabrics.
It went on sale the day after Christmas. It was all too perfect. All just an amazing Blessing!
Can you see that embroidery?
I also acquired some brown ruched taffeta that will make-up the bonnet and sleeves of the dress.
So I had a bonnet pattern and silk for the dress, but what dress to make?
It took a week and a half to think out the design.
My initial sketch.
Next I knew I would have to start with a Civil War corset, as the foundation. I was able, thank goodness to scrap the materials together from my stash. I am currently 1/2 way done with the corset.
I DO NOT like this pattern! The gores are so hard! I would recommend a pattern without gores for you who are looking for an easier antebellum corset. Be warned!
It was plain while sewing that dratted corset that I would need a layer between my skin and it's scratchy underside, but by this time my financial resoureces for drained. Not much money left even for some cotton.
But guess what? GUESS WHAT?
Sometimes I think God it too good!
My friend Sam came over unexpectadly yesterday with her latest thrift store find for me.
A beautiful white night gown.
I am really pleased.
So what do you all think?
Do you like my plan?