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Sorry for the delay in posting photos from our trip to the seaside, I've been busy sewing ever since we got home!
The day dawned foggy and unpleasant looking, not a very propitious start! But by about 9 the fog had gone, and by the time we were half way there the sun was out in full glory! We had wonderful weather, although it was a little windy, but it was beautifully sunny and the wind helped dry our suits!
Talking of which, there are several photos of our bathing exploits under here... )
We're going to Deene Park on Sunday (another historic house!) for a Georgian picnic, and I have my chemise dress nearly finished, I just have to put a little more lace round the neckline and I think I'm going to take the lace off the cuffs and make them bigger, they're a bit tight at the moment. Meanwhile I've been working on our outfits for the Scottish Regency ball, Clare's little sleeveless spencer is done, and Mummy's dress is nearly done. I think, if I carry on as I have been doing, things will work out fine for me to get everything done before UTR, keep your fingers crossed for me!!
mlsdesigns: (lying on grass)
... but we're not going to be going bathing too soon, looks like it'll be Wednesday at the earliest, so lots of time to get my suit finished! Clare's is done and Mummy's needs buttons sewing on (Clare's doing them for me) mine needs leg cuffs and buttons and holes, and the skirt and maybe a collar, then I need to re-shape some straw hats for us to wear and we're done.
Tomorrow afternoon were going to an Abbey for a craft fair and flower festival in costume, leaving me the morning to work on my bathing dress. Not sure what we're going to wear yet, if it's Georgian I think I will give my red wool it's first wearing (must remember to put button holes in my shift cuffs!!!!) but we might go in Victorian or Regency ... too many to chose from!
I've been thinking about our outfits for the Scottish ball, and watching Wives and daughters gave me an idea for mine, so now I'm finally excited to work on them :)

Edited to add:
I meant to post a pic from my last fitting for the chemise dress - if I can't work on it at least I can share it!
The sleeves are not attached here, and the side seams were only pinned, I'm going to make a wide yellow sash for it and it will have a 2 layer collar like this one: (thank you Jenny-Rose!!)
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I've had to put my UTR wardrobe on hold to make bathing dresses for Mummy and Clare :( I don't mind, and I'm super excited to go sea bathing in the correct attire (might actually be warm enough to bathe in the sea in England dressed in all that wool!!) but I was in the middle of my chemise dress :'(
Any way, Mummy's is done except for buttons, and Clare's just needs a collar and buttons and a skirt. I think I'm going to go ahead and make me one too. Having done lots of research I've found out that a 'combination' garment with a separate skirt was the best for sea bathing (as opposed to swimming) the combination is more comfy than a tunic and drawers apparently, and my old suit has drawstring drawers as well, not good when wet! So as long as Clare's doesn't take too long I'll make me one too. I should manage, what took so long was drafting the pattern, but I've done that now, so it will hopefully be plain sailing!
The trip to the seaside will be in the next few days, so I need to get them done ASAP, then when they are finished I'm going to finish my chemise dress and make the sash and hat, then I have to drop UTR sewing again to get things ready for the Regency ball in Scotland after I get back. It is never ending here!!! At least I have this week off school to hopefully get lots done But as soon as I get back it's crazy time at work again AAAAAAARGH!!!!!


May. 21st, 2010 02:13 pm
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I'm making up for weeks of almost no posting today :o)
So, my red wool is nearly done, (depending on how busy the pub is I may get it done today, at least tomorrow) I have my old print jacket and linen skirt and my new Indian print for day times, and my Gaulle for the dinner (I don't think I can fit my Sunflower sacque in my suitcase :'( I'll try, but probably not - it means hoops and another underpetticoat, as well as the dress and petticoat) so I'm sorted, at a pinch, for UTR, I want more, but I feel I can move on.
So next I want to make my chemise dress! I'm thinking of making it by machine (all my 18thC stuff so far this year has been done by hand) and TRYING to achieve a down and dirty quicky job (HA! Like it's ever going to happen!) Any way, hopefully it won't take aaages.
After my chemise dress (which is for Jenny-Rose's picnic) I think I better make our Regency stuff for the New Lanark ball, which is the weekend after I get home. I can ony make it if the fabric has come, but I think it must have done by now, so hopefully my friends will be bringing it to dancing on Sunday. I will leave things like hemming and sewing on buttons for Clare, or for the car ride up to Scotland.
I still want to make other things for UTR though. I don't really want to wear my old print jacket, so have plans for 2 new ones. Mummy bought me some fabric from Ikea (duvet covers and pillow cases actually!!) and I have pictures of them hanging on the line after washing they're under here, along with a LOT of waffling! )
Then there's my Lampas jacket and pink silk petticoat. I am really struggling coming up with a style for the jacket! I love the fabric, and want to do it justice, but it's a very big pattern, and I only have one yard. I don't really NEED it, so maybe I shouldn't force it to become anything, and just keep waiting for inspriation to hit? It's so pretty though :'( I bet this is all moot anyway, there's no way I have time to fit it in! But at least half term is coming up, a week of sewing! Although I have to make a couple of Victorian bathing suits as well for a trip to the seaside at the start of the week!! And then after term starts again it's the yr 7 play, with 70 odd children to cloth and organise!
Anyway, I really think this is my last post of today, so sorry for cluttering up your Flist!!!!


May. 6th, 2010 02:38 pm
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So, my ball gown for next week is going well, and hopefully won't take too much longer to finish. I've decide to simplify it for this wearing, not make the fichu or put the ribbon and fringe on the skirt but make a plain berthe with fringe and ribbon trimming somewhat like the original.
Mummy will be wearing her old ball gown, it's gold taffeta and I'm thinking of using the off cuts of chocolate brown silk velvet I have to make a sash to kind of look like molten chocolate running down over a mummy shaped caramel centre :p And she can wear the new ribbon hairnet I gave her for her Birthday too, so I think that's sorted. Clare will be a boy, and either wear her tails or if she gets round to it, a brown frock coat with cream satin knee britches, stockings and pumps for an early Victorian look. She has a cream evening waistcoat and we could make a cravat/tie out of the left over gold spotted silk I made my Gaulle from. So now I get to think of Summer plans!
We have all the stuff we need for the demos in June (one of which I can't go to because I will be in the US) and I can spend July and the start of August working on anything we need for Llandrindod. But the ball we're going to in Scotland is the weekend after UTR, so I need to get our sewing done for that done before I go really. It's a Playford ball, and we've decided to go in Regency, tartan Regency at that, as a nod to the location :) I have some blue and gold silk plaid on its way to us, and we're all going to have the same fabric, just in different guises. I'm planning to make a 'jumper dress' for me, with a lace or fine cotton short sleeved shirt, and a sleeveless spencer wit for Clare to be worn over her white muslin gown, and Mummy will have a turban made from the left overs, and probably wear her beige cotton gown, maybe with a sash of the plaid if it's not dressy enough.
And now to UTR plans! )
So, lots to do, I better get cracking with my sewing hadn't I?


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