Don't you love receiving packages in the mail! It's like getting gifts (only you paid for it!) A sad existence, I know, but opening a package does give me a decent amount of joy. Especially when fabric comes in them! Check out my haul:
First is the 4 yards of polished cotton I snagged off of Ebay. Only $15! This will be used to line my paletot. That thing just keeps getting more and more expensive... sigh.
Next is the fabric for my Regency dress. I'm using the Sense and Sensibility drawstring day dress pattern from the Elegant Lady's Closet super pattern. Short puff sleeves! I'm excited for that one. It shall be beautiful.
Finally, the lavender semi-sheer plaid fabric I'm making an 1860's sheer dress out of. I need to get working on this dress as soon as possible or else I'll miss the summer season and have to stow it in my closet for a very long time! It's on my agenda for the month of May, along with Sarah's dress, so hopefully Senior Project and school won't get in the way of my progress. As for the design, I'm thinking one word: ruffles!
I also sewed together the muslin for my sacque today. I love sewing together muslins. Seams really don't matter and yet they look good in the end! How lovely! And, it's an awesome crash course in using the pattern. Always, always, always sew a muslin. It is very important. Anyway, the bodice of the sacque is just about right, however the sleeve needed to be taken in quite it a bit for it to fit in the armscye. After I took it in, then it fit very lovely. Check out the pictures:
I especially love the back. It's going to look so lovely over my hoop! It is quite gratuitous width-wise, but I figure that it's always good to have more rather than less (at least with a sacque). I can be assured it will fit over the necessary 4 layers of clothing I wear at reenactments at any given time. Black polished cotton for the lining is on its way. And, with any luck, I will be able to wear this to the Cincinnati Museum Center's Civil War days in the beginning of May and use it as a part of my Senior Project presentation. Let's hope!
Finally, a picture of my lovely assistant, Judy. She likes to sit underneath the sewing machine... while I am sewing.
Have a wonderful day, everyone!