Virginia is still my home despite being carted around the country by my sailor for 7 years, so any time I get to go back is excellent. This time, though, I get to travel to Colonial Williamsburg--ostensibly for my daughter's birthday. You'd think living minutes away for such a long time would make me sick of that place, but how could anyone ever not want to traipse around in the 18th century? I will be happy to go back as many times as I possibly can.
Of course, being even more into historical costuming than I was back then, it's important that I devise a wardrobe for my family (and quickly since I've only got about 2.5 months oops). Since the original excuse to go was my daughter's birthday, I've started planning hers first.
|From Colonial Williamsburg|
I've seen this fabric so many times in the last few years, but I never really liked it--until today. Scanning the new offerings of the online Williamsburg Marketplace, I happened to see that this is not only a reproduction print, but one that came from a toddler's gown. That pretty much sold it to me, since the daughter in question is soon to be 2. Now that I'm imagining what I will make with it (and yes, it's already on its way here) I kind of love it!
Things I plan to make for her:
- Shift, probably in linen/cotton blend because I've got loads of it
- Stays, corded boning, and not even remotely tight--I may skip these if I'm on a time crunch
- Cap, most likely round-eared because that's my favorite
- Gown & Sash, in the purple ink blot fabric, possibly with leading strings, plus a cotton sash
- Stockings, which I am totally cheating (because I hate knitting) by cutting up some grey organic cotton tights and stitching up the tops
- Garters, either embroidered linen or just straight up linen tape.
I'm not sure what to do about shoes. Her feet grow at the speed of light so I don't adore the idea of getting her reproduction shoes just yet. I'll have to report back!
Until then, here is my Pinterest board with all of my ideas for her.