Success! We'll be able to attend our friend's Regency wedding without being half-clothed. In just under two weeks, I made an entire set of duds for me (shift, corded stays, petticoat, gown, big bonnet o' awesome) and I made half of Curtis' clothes (shirt, coat, cravats). The shirt and the bonnet were half done when I started this mad rush, and a few small parts of the coat were begun, but everything else was started from scratch.
|Both Curtis and Kitteh approve of the window |
seating in the new sewing room.
Curtis sewed his own waistcoat, and it turned out really well! He even tackled the welt pockets and won, though I believe there may have been a little swearing involved. Totally understandable when working with welt pockets, really. When he wasn't working on his vest, I unashamedly put him to work sewing on buttons to anything that needed them. Anything to buy me a bit more time to finish everything else, right?
I don't have final photos of everything yet (too busy sewing!) but I have a smattering of in progress photos to amuse you until I get a chance to do a full photo & writeup of everything.
|We called this the Redneck Regency look.|
|Petticoat with tucks. Why spend|
time doing unnecessary tucks on
a petticoat when you're totally
swamped? I plead insanity.
|I had to use pliers to pull the cord through the channels. I broke|
two needles in the process of cording!
|Using my tailors ham to shape the sleeve cap.|
|It took four mockups to get a sleeve pattern I felt would work. Lucky for me|
the 3/4 length allows me to use the decorative edge of my sari in the sleeve.
|Apparently I have a tendency to look|
pissed when mocking up bodices at 3am.
|The felines LOVE it when I trash the sewing room.|
|Padstitched collar. UGH my fingers hurt just|
looking at that photo.
|It's not like you can just cram a coat like that in your|
luggage, so guess who classed up his jeans and T-shirt with
some fine wool for the Bart ride and plane flight?
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a wedding to go to!