Friday, February 22, 2013

Upcoming 2013 Projects

I don't quite know how this happened, but I sat down to figure out what I need to sew this year, and suddenly realized there's...quite a lot of it!...and I keep remembering *more* things that need sewing!

I should define "need" - I literally have nothing at all to wear to {insert upcoming event here}.

Then there's "need" - I don't want to wear what I wore last year (or the past several years), because that's unthinkable!

I suppose I technically have *something* that will work for every event I want to go to this year, but that defeats the purpose of being a hobby sewist!  So...here's what's on the books for 2013:

April - Titanic Tea
I'm thinking something along the lines of the frock on the right.  I have a blue/white striped cotton that says "1912" to me:

Summer day dresses for girls ages 14-18, 1912 US, The Housekeeper


May - "The Great Gatsby" opens in theaters.  I have some snazzy floral fabric that is asking to be a floaty, frilly '20s dress.  If we go to a daytime showing, perhaps something like this:

Henry Ford Costume College - via - this is more late 20s, 30s

June - Valhalla Renaissance Faire.  I have my old standby jacket+kirtle, but I've worn it for nigh 3 years prior, and it's time for something new! I don't want to go fully on with the Elizabethan stuff (as much as I love it), so I'm thinking perhaps a middle-class-ish doublet or loose gown (if I have enough fabric) to wear with the kirtle I already have, something like this:
English loose gown from "The Tudor Tailor"
or...
Janet Arnold "Patterns of Fashion" ladies' doublet.
July - We're holding a Bastille Day tea, so the specific date would be 1789, but the vague date is anything 18th century.  I have an 18th century gown in my brain, but it's 1760s, not 80s, so maybe I'll make it for this, or maybe I'll wear my Indienne Gown from last year...

LACMA - robe a la francaise 1765

October - Maggie's Regency Wedding in Tennessee.  I have the task of not only clothing myself, but Mr. C as well.  I haven't a clue what he will want to wear yet (but it'll be no less than 4 pieces to make!), but for me I'm thinking along the lines of this gown:

KCI c. 1800 via
I guess I'd better get started!

18 comments:

  1. Making the "Curtain-Along" gown for a craft demo in April. Would like to be done by March 1. Today, took the drawstrings and casings out of the old chemise sleeves, and have the old stays successfully enlarged. Went to grocery and bought beans to bulk up the new dress form. I'm making a sensible sacque in the black colorway

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see it complete! I love following the curtain-along projects :-)

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  2. I cannot wait to see all of your projects unfold - seriously, cannot wait!

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  3. Ooh I didn't even think about making a dress for the Gatsby movie. Thanks for reminding me.

    BTW, have you found a Regency men's coat pattern yet? I'm itching to use this one, but I don't know if I can convince my husband to dress up.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/114150056/1795-1810-mens-regency-coat-pattern

    You may recognize the model. =)

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    1. I've been looking for Regency tail coat patterns. Gregory sure does make the Fitting & Proper pattern enticing, plus Chrissy and Curtis highly recommend it. I don't know what I'll go with yet.../putting off 'til last minute/ hehehe

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  4. What a fantastic list!
    ipatchandquilt.wordpress.com

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  5. The early 1910's dresses in stripes remind me of a dress I studied last year for my special studies. It was blue and white plaid with a shawl collar and dated to about 1915. I have some photos on my flickr if you have any interest. http://www.flickr.com/photos/etyra/

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    1. Ooo! What a lovely dress! Thank you for sharing the photos with me!

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  6. I love that regency pineapple purse!!

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  7. How is the corset trainng coming?

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  8. Love the variety in this project list--I hadn't even thought to make a Gatsby dress, but now I might just have to...

    If you make the Kyoto dress, you have to make the pineapple handbag to match.

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    1. I already have the pineapple reticule, thank goodness, haha!

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  9. So excited to see your Regency men's ensemble come together! You have quite the list, there, hopefully everything comes together smoothly.

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    1. Some things may fall off the list, and some may be added. I have the darndest time ever sticking to plans. :-)

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  10. Regency wedding? Awesome!!!!!

    youngyankeelady.blogspot.com

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  11. I know I'm a little late, but I had to comment!
    That black sheer shawl is to die for. I so wish my patience would allow for such lovely embroidery, but alas, it is not to be.
    Maybe in the future, when I don't have to sew for prom. :D

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  12. Lovely list, but your Gatsby dress inspiration is c.1930-32, not 1920s! The dress is cut on the bias and the waist is back at the natural position again.

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