|The Lady Matilda|
The bad news: at her shortest she's still several inches taller than me. Sad, short people problems! I have a feeling that, in my adventures in costuming, I'll encounter this issue frequently. I have already had to draft a new stays pattern because of the absolute lack of length in my torso. I'm too new at this to be drafting things! Thanks, body.
In other news, I'm trying so hard not to get ahead of myself, but it's hard! I want to make all the pretty things, not wash fabric and make underwear. And yet. . .
|The Great Fabric Washing of 2014|
As to "undress", I've decided if I can hand-stitch my way through a shift, set of stays, petticoat, pocket, and bedgown I will allow myself to buy new fabric for a gown. Naturally I've been sewing like mad because I really want to do a robe a l'anglaise, like, yesterday.
|From the V&A Collection|
I don't plan on making hoops any time soon, and I don't think I can afford these mules from American Duchess just now (WANT), but I just love this set. It's on the books for future projects, but for now my undies will be a bit simpler.
|This was from laracorsets.com, which now seems to be dead. :(|
I modeled my stays after these from the 1770s as well as an amazing silk pair from this book*. I'm doing them in rose colored linen--supposedly. Pink linen isn't exactly easy to find at your local Joann's, so I'm going to attempt to dye it myself. I'll, uh, report back after I probably ruin my entire kitchen.
My pocket is based on the extant pair above. It's my first major embroidery project and this seemed simple. I was wrong!
My shift is based on the above French chemise, done in a tissue weight linen/cotton blend. It went really well until I totally buggered up the neckline, so I'm trying to salvage that.
|From The Met|
No inspiration for my petticoat, it's just red linen sewn into. . . well, a petticoat. They're so simple and changed so little for decades, why overthink it? I do wish I'd done it quilted, though--it's frigid outside.
On to more embroidery!