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Aug. 9th, 2018

Bath

sewing

Tonight I got the cuffs on the sleeves and the buttonholes sewn. My goal for tomorrow is to either set the sleeves or mark and sew on the buttons. Should be doable, but my oldest is sick. So who knows how my night will go.

Apr. 7th, 2018

Bath

18th century

My instagram is flooding with 18th century! What are you all making such lovely things for? The suspense is killing me!

Feb. 28th, 2018

Bath

Decorating woes

We have about two weeks left in renovations. I can’t wait. And now I get to do the shopping for the new rooms. But I’m caught up on what to do for our bedroom rug. I want something like this pic. https://atmedia.imgix.net/4cfa8bc49ab902ad444bfbe1a92ea484205e5ca8?w=800&fit=max

I have dark blue walls like that, but I’m stuck on the rug. I want it to look vintage, but not old lady ish. I have three favorites.

Number one. I like the rich colors, but I’m worried it might be a bit too dark.Number two. It’s pink, not red, and I’m not sure about the “worn” parts. But I like the patternNumber three. This may look familiar to some. I like the pattern and colors, but it’s not red, and won’t give me the contrast I want.but it’s pretty and fun.

Feb. 24th, 2018

Bath

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I have no energy. By the end of the day I can’t even stay up to watch tv for half an hour. 6 weeks to go. At least I seem to be healthier this time around. I’m also trying to do some things for myself. Last weekend I got a pedicure and today I’m getting a hair cut. It’s been 6 months, starting to look a bit ratty.
The end is in sight for the bedroom renovations. I went with dark blue for the bedroom with an off white carpet and linens. I’d like to get some red accents too. I’m looking for a classic Persian style rug, and dome vintage prints for the walls. I can’t wait to see it all together.
Finding the motivation to sew isn’t easy. I might need to wait till after the baby comes to start the skeleton suit. I’m also like nag ahead for the year. There’s Belvedere in the fall and possibly new castle in the winter? And some events I can rewear old dresses to, hopefully. That’s it for now. Someday I’ll have interesting things to write.

Jan. 3rd, 2018

Bath

Color thoughts

Last year I bought a pair of bridesmaid shoes to remake as 18th century shoes( I know many of you got the same ones) I had the store dye them red for me before delivery, and it came out very bright. Too bright. Do you think I could tone it down by tea staining them? Or over dyeing with wine?

Nov. 27th, 2017

Bath

Black Friday

I saw this silk on sale and thought it looked like an 18th century ikat. But in person, I'm not so sure. Thoughts? What else could I use it for?

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Nov. 26th, 2017

Bath

Persephone dress

The dress I've been embroidering for months is done. I named it the Persephone dress, since the the pomegranates and asphodel flowers are symbols of the goddess. I first wore it to a masquerade at the Powell house in Philadelphia. It was an 18th century event, I went for a 1790s look. I wore it with my hedgehog wig and diamond jewlery from dames a la mode. I wore it again to the pumpkin tea, this time going for an early 1800s look. ( photo from Gloria) I wore my new garnet diadem and earrings. The fit isn't perfect, I should adjust that before wearing it again. But I'm pretty happy with it.

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Nov. 23rd, 2017

Bath

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I'm going to try to post more. I finished the black regency dress. I've worn it twice now, so when I get time to go in my computer, I'll post about it.. I'm prepping for Black Friday and it's making me think about my costuming plans for the next few months. Since I'm pregnant, I can't see anything that requires fitting, so I can catch up on smaller things. I want to add trim to my1860s dress. I should do that while I'm motivated or else the next time i feel like doing it will be the day before Gettysburg. I also have two pairs of shoes I'd like to decorate. I've also been wanting a banyan or wrapper of some sort. That would be nice to have for sleepover events and maternity leave. Something to make me feel more like a lady of leisure and less like a grumpy cow. I have a striped silk that could work, but I'm not sure silk is the best for such a messy time. Maybe a nice cotton will be on sale somewhere. So that should occupy me for a bit. I'll try to post as I go.

Aug. 3rd, 2017

Bath

part one done

I finished the large motifs for the black dress. It only took forever. Next, I'm going to scatter smaller flowers and spangles over the skirt then finish it with a border at the hem. I really hope I finish this before I lose interest. I'm starting to think about the fall and winter events. I'd like to make an 18th century drawstring dress and possibly update my 1860s wardrobe.

Jul. 30th, 2017

Bath

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No much to report. I'm constantly working on the black dress, though there isn't much to show for it since it all looks the same. Soon I'll be able to move on to the next part. I briefly toyed with the idea of going to costume college next year, but that's not going to happen now. So I'm stuck figuring out what my next event is. Are we going to New Castle again?

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