I undertook a lot of sewing for an event I did this past weekend. Once I get some better photos there will be an in-depth blog post on it all. Since I was essentially the focus of the program, I really wanted a new gown! But I also wanted to use all of the research that has been done and shared in the past 2.5 years I've been working in the 17th century. That meant new canvas upperbodies for my petticoat. More on that in the blog posts, so for now here are a couple of teasers!
Unfortunately I've been swinging wildly back and forth between being hugely inspired by the 16th/early 17th centuries and 1860s/Civil War stuff. A few weeks ago I did a Civil War event where I had my mourning collection on display, which got me all fired up to make new things for Gettysburg in November. But then I had to get ready for this past weekend's 1616 event, which threw me right into the depths of 16th and early 17th century feelings! I spent a really ridiculous amount of money on fabric for both time periods... Right now I want to go straight into a 1560s kirtle and gown but I've got to get back to the 1860s if I want to make my dreams for Gettysburg come true. I'm also thinking about a new gown for 12th Night in January, and I'm torn between doing a 1790s gown with the striped silk I got in LA and a 1760s gown from the imperial yellow silk taffeta, but I really can't be thinking about that until after Gettysburg!