This past Saturday, some of the members of my private 18th century costumers group decided to get together.
Not everyone was able to attend, sadly. In fact, we were a little nervous we wouldn’t have very many at all, but we decided to go ahead and meet up to discuss some plans.
Four ladies, two gents, and two cute kids attended the tea meeting.
It was a lovely time
We had a nice cozy gathering, and the hostess set the tea table up outside to take advantage of the lovely weather. She wore one of her Regency gowns, even though this wasn’t a costumed event, and my husband and another member wore their kilts. The tea and food was yummy, and the conversation was great.
A lot of us are busy, and some of us don’t even have a finished costume yet, so it’s difficult to start planning actual events to attend.
We decided we should try getting together more regularly for chatting and tea, or even “classes” to learn how to make accessories, learn period games and dances, and to help each other with fitting and sewing.
Just because we’re not doing actual costumed events yet doesn’t mean we can’t have fun gearing up for it!
Ignoring accuracy for now
I really need to stop fretting about accuracy or even focusing too much on planned gowns. Yes, there are gowns I would love to do. Yes, there are gowns that could be better researched and more carefully put together. Is it really all that helpful if I’m not even finished (much less barely started) because I can’t find that perfect fabric, or worrying if something was done then or not? I know I want to avoid disappointment later — it’s helpful to try to make sure what I do sew is at least wearable for a while, and doesn’t have such a huge mistake that it’s almost uncomfortable to wear, but I can’t let worrying about too many things keep me from even getting started.
This is a private group, we’re not reenacting for the public, and darnit… I want to have fun! So I’ve decided to just push on as best I can, adding to my wardrobe, and then later I can go back and get more detailed or accurate, as well as make those gowns I’ve been dreaming of for so long.
Plus, I have to admit: sometimes I am inspired to do something fun because a fabric speaks to me or an idea comes to me that sounds fun! It may not be historically accurate, but it could be a decent way to learn for later.
Very helpful gifts
Our hostess had some fabric she needed to clear out of her sewing room, and we went through to see if there was anything we could use.
Some of the fabrics spoke to me, and I overcame my shyness and took them home. Fabric for petticoats, a bodice or three… I had no idea when I might have the chance to go shopping for fabric any time soon, so this definitely helps put me back on a decent sewing schedule! One of the fabrics even helped me make some final decisions about one of my planned gowns that I wanted to make first.
It’s so nice having extra help deciding, isn’t it? 😉
I must say, I really needed this. Not only is everyone so nice and helpful (and I look forward to more members being able to attend regularly as well), it just helped my own attitude. So much has been going on, that even if I don’t think I’m feeling down, I’m not exactly feeling as optimistic or positive as I should be.
I left the gathering feeling energized, excited, and refreshed. I’m looking forward to having fun and celebrating every little goal, even if I’m not quite finished with some costumes for an actual event. I’m also looking forward to more laughs and conversations with some really great people!
I definitely need to do that more often.