Changing focus

I finished the main foundation of the chemise a la reine (CalR) yesterday.

I still have to sew the sash (not to mention, get the fabric for it), attach the arm ribbons, and also sew the new shift and two petticoats (again, I need fabric for those).

I’m hoping to go shopping for fabric this weekend, but most importantly, I need to look for fabric for a travel bustle gown. I have an event coming up in early May, and considering the fact that I don’t even have fabric for that gown yet, and I am hoping to try something new for the bodice I’ve never tried before, I really need to stop messing around with other projects and start sewing as soon as possible!

In the meantime, I have some other projects I can also work on that are coming up. I desperately need to get back to work on my husband’s 18th century garments, and there is another outfit for an event in July that I need to start planning for.

For some of my friends, these seem like decent deadlines, giving plenty of time to finish projects. For someone like me who is slow even when she’s working as fast as possible, I need to take advantage of every moment I can! I get easily distracted with other things popping up, and I take the time to research things if I’ve never tried them before or am deciding to try a more accurate technique or not.

Again, I apologize for not having photos of the CalR ready to share. I could post photos of the plain outer layer on a dressform, but I’d really rather wait until I get better photos of it on me with as many accessories as possible. I did include a little teaser photo at the top of this entry. I also took as many photos during the process as I could manage. There weren’t many, sadly, and I’m unsure how many I will post on the final costume page. I still need a better camera, and many times I was more interested in just sewing or walking away for a break instead of remembering to take a photo. I’m still getting better about remembering to take photos of not only events, but sewing projects.

I must admit, I’m looking forward to seeing fabric and thread colors other than white. I still have tons of things I need to sew that are white, but I have been going through white thread quickly enough to make me realize I need a change of scenery while sewing. Ha! (well that, and my poor eye sight is starting to go!)

Still, as happy as I am to work on something new, I must admit that I’ve been daydreaming about later 18th century garments a little more. Now, if I could also stop daydreaming about fun accessories and focus!

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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