Behind with blog, but still sewing

A portion of the painting Portrait of M. and Mme Lavoisier, by Jacques-Louis David, 1788 (Metropolitan Museum)

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with online stuff lately, and have even started cleaning some places like Twitter and possibly some blogs I follow.

I didn’t realize how overwhelmed I was until I noticed a few days of not reading even one tweet, or clearing out the rest of the blog entries I wasn’t even skimming.

The sad thing is, I do like many of the blogs and people I follow, but I’m starting to hate going anywhere near my computer because it’s a struggle to keep up.

I have been sewing, and I even finished a foundation garment. I don’t remember when I finished it, but I guess it’s time to finally post it on my costumes page.

I’m working on a chemise a la reine (CalR), and instead of wearing my usual pocket hoops, I made a false rump to go with that outfit.

I didn’t really care about too much accuracy, and I made it in a day. The funniest part is, it was actually my second version. I tried a bum roll style the day before, and it was too big and full (with my fear of under stuffing things, I think I’m over stuffing them heh!).

So far, I think this false rump will work fine, and I can always make another version if it turns out to have more flaws than I expected.

My CalR is in progress at the moment, and will be based off the painting at the top of this entry, with a few changes. Since this may be my only chance to make one, I’m deciding what little features and details I prefer over the inspiration version.

Unfortunately, it may be some time before I show the CalR here even when it’s finished because I need to make some other garments to wear with it (a new shift, and two new petticoats), and I have to admit the temptation is strong to also wait until I get the wig!

The reason I chose this particular painting for my inspiration? Her hair (and my favorite color is blue). I have very long hair, past my knees, so doing anything more than just putting it in a bun won’t happen with me sadly! I’m all thumbs with anything more than a plain braid, and that’s a lot of hair to fight with while learning. I’m also very careful with my hair to keep it from damage. The thing I noticed about this painting is that I could wear my real hair in a ponytail gently curled, and plop a wig on top for the rest of it. Everything about this outfit seems like a nice change of pace, even though it still involves stays and long skirts!

I’m hoping to wear this to the next Georgian Picnic in November, so I don’t know why I’m obsessing about it this early. I lucked out and found the fabric on sale, so I guess that’s why I’m working on it. You know how it can be with costume distractions. I do need to find a stopping point so I can get to work on garments with deadlines coming up first!

I also hope to make some other accessories, like a hat. It just depends on what inspires me.

Click the link below to go to the False Rump page and read more about it:

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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5 Responses to Behind with blog, but still sewing

  1. False rump.


    I still think about dropping Facebook and other online time sucks, but–like you–I just go through times when I’m not as active online. The cool thing it you’re sewing 🙂

  2. I chatted with a friend, and for the moment I’m just going to try to use it differently. I still have a lot of organizing and cutting to do, but although I love to keep in touch with people (and quick replies online take up less time than things like phone calls), I need to spend less time chatting and more time working! 🙂

  3. Merja says:

    I completely get the hair thing. Mine is not nearly as long as yours (a little past tail bone) but I already struggle with anything else than simple victorian styles. Especially as I want to avoid teasing and curling too. Wigs are the way to go.

    I can’t wait to see your chemise à la Reine, but I’ll try to be patient until you have everything from petticoats to a wig.

  4. Thank you very much for the reply, Merja! I’ve been following your blog and you do amazing work!

    Have you seen ? I love to look at the photos because of the historical clothing, as well as the hairstyles (there is a section for updos). It’s interesting to see the variants of styles for those with longer hair. I’m sure many of them still use extra hairpieces as well, but I think it’s an interesting study that might be helpful for any length to get a feel for different eras and looks.

  5. Merja says:

    Thank you so much! I only recently found your blog, but I’ve seen and admired your beautiful outfits for some time in the pictures Jen has shown from events you have attended together.

    I haven’t seen that site before. Thank you for the tip!

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