2016 Year in Review

2016 was not a productive year by most standards, when it comes to my sewing projects, but compared to the several years prior, it was a great year. I started to thinking about the project list I set for myself for this year, and how much of I didn’t finish. Then, I started thinking of how much I did get finished, and how for the several years before I had barely sewn at all. It was very good year in the sewing room after all. So, I thought I would take a look back at what I had wanted to accomplish, and at what I actually did accomplish:

The 2016 Costume Plan
1. 1912 Walking Suit – This is a costume that I have been trying to make since 2013. I nearly finished it this year. I only have a corset, the jacket and the skirt to make for it.

2. 1887 Mourning Dress – A newer project to the list. Never even had a chance to get past the beginning of the planning phase.

3. Great Gatsby Dress – A project that was planned for 2013. We had all planned to wear 20’s dresses to go to see the movie when it premiered, but none of us made it.

4. Regency Half Robe Set – I had bought about 3 yds of two matching fabrics and planned on making a matching set of half robes to wear over an under dress. Well, this goal was mostly met. I did get the under dress and one of the half robes made.

5. 1950’s Christmas Dress – I just wanted to make a lovely dress for the Christmas season. I was going to postpone this project until 2017, but then got it in mind to try to make for this year’s company Christmas party. I almost hit the mark, too. If I had just decided to start a week to two earlier, it would’ve been done. As it currently stands, I just need to attach the sleeves to the bodice, attach the skirts to the bodice, hem the skirts, and make the cumberbund.

Now, for what I did actually accomplish this year:

Mostly finished blouse

Mostly finished blouse

The Gibson Girl blouse for  my 1912 Walking suit.

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A full set of Edwardian undergarments, minus the corset.

Wow! Looking good, Jane! Looking good!

1910’s Wearing History blouse.

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1910’s Wearing History Suit

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1950’s Tispy Tea Dress.

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Regency Half Robe with under dress, along with a new chemise and stays.

All in all, a total of 13 individual garments completed. Not bad after a three year dry spell.

Now, time to look forward to my planned sewing list for 2017. What do I want to do in the new year? Let’s have a look, shall we?

  1. Finish the 1912 Walking Suit
  2. Finish the 1950’s Christmas Dress
  3. Sew the 2nd Regency Half Robe
  4. Finally make the Great Gatsby Dress
  5. Sew the Late Bustle Era Emerald Green Dress
  6. Sew a new set of Victorian undergarments, along with a bustle

There is the list, so far. No doubt that it will grow and change through out the year. It looks to be a fun list of goals for the year. How did you do this year? What’s on your list for the new year? Comment and share. I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.

Be sure to drop back by in the new year. I’ll have lots more My Fave 5 Fridays, along with progress on my sewing list. Until then….. Happy Sewing! And, Happy New Year!

A week of hiccups!

Happy Wednesday after a holiday weekend! I missed doing “My Fave 5 Friday” last week, as it was a crazy week of hiccups. It started on Monday and just snowballed from there. The thing that threw off my whole week? Well, the hubby was involved in a car accident last Monday, on his way to school. He’s okay, but his car, not so much. Since then, it’s been trips to body shop, dealing with the responsible person’s insurance company, and setting up doctor appointments. I was finally able to take a break from it all on Saturday, and took my mom, the Teenaged Attitude and her bestie to Fair at New Boston, just on the other side of Springfield.

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I love going to this two day festival. I have missed the past two years, but definitely had a blast this year. Mom had never really been to a reenactment or festival of this type, so it was fun watching her jump every time the light artillery fired off the cannons. She was really fascinated by the ox that were pulling one of the carts around the grounds.

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We had lots of fun wandering through the tents looking at hats, fans, fabric, patterns, and all the other fun reenactment wares.

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The only other festival mom has visited with me is the Ohio Renaissance Festival a couple of years ago, so I had fun explaining the era this festival was portraying (1790-1810), along with the how’s and why’s, and differences in some of the costumes different ladies were wearing.

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I turned the girls loose to wander as they pleased. They each had a bit of cash to feed themselves, and pick up any trinkets that caught their attention. After roaming as much as we wanted, having a bit of lunch, and then a bit of dessert before leaving, we headed out. On the way home, we decided to explore Buck Creek State Park a bit, just to see what the camping sites and cabins were like. When we first started holding our Regency Picnics, we held them at Buck Creek, at the picnic area close to the beach and boat launch (pictured below).

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All in all, it was a great day with mom and the girls. I even came home with some awesome stuff.

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Everything is in the photo above. I picked soap from a couple of vendors, a lovely silk fan and a quizzing glass (magnifier) from Daniel Boone of Kentucky, JP Ryan’s Fine Collection of Ladies’ Jackets pattern from a lovely stall, a shaped hat for my 18th c. hat collection, a nice guide book on 18th c. ladies’ dress (for ideas on future costumes), and some lip balm, deep tissue salve, and migraine salve from LBCC Historical Cosmetics (and now wishing I had picked up a few other things while I was there, lol).

On Sunday, the hubby and I met Miss PJ and her hubby out for brunch. Then, we dropped the menfolk off at my house to play video games while we made a quick (well, quick for us) trip to Target. Once we got back, we went down to the sewing room, and proceeded to take back Miss PJ’s sewing area, so she could get started on her Regency dress. After we got her table set up, I ironed her fabric and got my new set of stays cut out, and she decided to clear more space to set up a larger table for me to sew at, so I wouldn’t be stuck at my small travel table. I even have proof of her starting on her dress:

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After she went home, I finally got the sleeves to set correctly on my mustard colored half robe, and then called it quits for the night. Monday morning, I went back down and got started on my new set of stays. Miss Elma did come by and join me for the middle part of the day. By the time I shut down the sewing room, I had all three layers of my stays together. After dinner last night, I sat on the couch, pinning the three layers together and watching Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on Netflix. This evening, I hope to get it stitched together, and the boning channels stitched in. That will just leave it for me to finish the stays, the skirts of the underdress, and the sleeves of the half robe. Good thing, too, since we only have a couple of weeks left, and I have a soap making class to teach this Saturday, while Miss PJ is out of town for a wedding. That means that next weekend will find us in the sewing room, finishing up everything. We are all looking forward to the picnic, as we all need the distraction right now. Once the picnic is out of the way, we have plans on pulling the sewing room apart, getting rid of the sofa and carpet, and putting it all back together the way we want it before we start out winter projects.

Did anyone else visit Fair at New Boston? Or another fun festival? If so, please comment, I would love to hear about. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

Biting off more than I can chew?

After deciding that I want to jump back into the costuming pond, I decided that it needed to be with both feet. Am I being overly ambitious? Maybe. But, it’s what I feel is needed after almost three years on hiatus. Besides, someone needs to put Jane back in place. 😉 So, here is a list what I have planned for 2016, let’s see if I make it:

1912 Walking Suit – As I talked about in previous posts, this was to be for our Downton Abbey picnic that we planned for 2015. Due to a series of unfortunate events, the picnic never happened. We do want to have a picnic this year, and would love if we could go with the 1912 Downton Abbey theme. But, even if we don’t, I am going to finish this costume.

1887 Mourning Dress – A new project that is currently in the planning phase. I have wanted to make a Mourning costume for some time, and this is the year to try. I have picked out the patterns I want to use, I just need to purchase them, and pick out fabric.

Great Gatsby Dress – A project that had been planned for the premiere of the new Great Gatsby movie. Due to an entirely different set of unfortunate events several years go, this project got put on the back burner. But, even from the start of this project, I have change my mind on the design numerous times over. I think I have finally found what I want, but with me, who knows. lol. I guess the design won’t be final until I get it cut out and sewn together.

Regency Half Robe set – A couple of years back, I purchased a couple of pieces of matching cotton print fabric. I’m pretty sure I picked them up out of a sale bin at a Wally World some where. The colors were darker, and suitable for period sewing projects. If I remember correctly, there was about, 3 yds. per piece, just enough to make a couple of matching Regency Half Robes. One was a pretty, dark mustard color with small dark burgundy flowers on dark green vines. The matching piece was a dark purple with the same burgundy flowers. I found some green solid cotton to match the vine color for a sleeveless underdress.

1950’s Christmas Dress – Ever since we did our 1950’s tea party a couple of years ago, I have wanted to make another 1950’s costume. What better excuse than a Christmas dress, complete with red crinoline edged in green ribbon, and a matching 1950’s winter coat? lol. This one promises to be fun!

There is my list for year. Might as well aim big, huh? So, in the whole scheme of aiming big, I hope to tackle the sewing room this coming weekend, and get a start on that mess. Miss PJ will try to join me. I’ll update if I make any progress. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!

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