Sunday, November 27, 2011

A New Project!!!

Yes, I finally am allowed to sew, with moderation and lots of stretching in between. So, because I’m crazy I have decided to tackle a completely new era and I have two weeks in which to complete my craziness. My dear friend, Lady Devereaux, is participating in Christmas Parlor Tours in Oregon City. She will be dressed in a lovely Victorian bustle gown as she opens her beautiful 188o’s home to the public. She has graciously allowed me to help by greeting people and keeping them from wandering throughout the house. She also has granted me permission to wear whatever I chose, as long as it was around in the lifetime of her home. So, basically I can wear anything from 1880’s on. Now, why on earth would I want to wear modern clothing, so boring, right, when I have over 120 years of fashion to chose from. I could wear one of my 1930’s or 40’s ensembles, but that would be too easy and practical. So, because I’m crazy, I want to wear something from the 1910’s. Yup, why would I pick anything that I currently own, and why on earth would I pick an era I’m familiar with?!? Apparently, I’m a glutton for deadlines and punishment. :D

So, this means that I need a few things that I do not have, which means lots of sewing…

1. A new corset


2. New undergarments (chemise, drawers, ect.)


3. A dress

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I’m not 100% sure on the dress style, but it will be something along these lines.

And, hopefully I can do it all by December 10th.  Now, I know enough about fashion from this era to be dangerous, but my knowledge of the 1910’s is not even close to that of the 18th century. So, this will be not only an adventure in sewing speed, but an adventure into a new time period. If all else fails and I can’t finish everything in time, I have a lovely silk 1930’s evening gown to fall back on. However, if I can sew a frock coat by hand in 5 days, then I should be able to complete this in two weeks. So, let the craziness begin.

8 Witty Sentiments:

Sarah said...

Fantastic! I'm so glad you can sew again (although DO be careful and cautious!) and the event you will be going to sounds like so much fun. Historic homes are fabulous at Christmas!

I love the era you chose and the dress style is yummy. The 1910's always remind vaugely of regency styles. I know you will be able to do it and do it well. I can't wait to see what delectable goodies you come up with!

Kleidung um 1800 said...

How exciting! Your choice of garments looks lovely!
Happy sewing :)))


Cassidy said...

Oooooh, exciting! I can't wait to see your pictures.

Jenni said...

Such a gorgeous era. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

The Dreamstress said...

Yay! Welcome back to the sewing world!

I'm super excited that you are doing 1910s. It's my favourite era and I can't wait to see how you reinterpret it!

Anonymous said...

i know that you will make it look effortless. Good luck and enjoy sewing. I will be grateful for a break (except the hand sewn regency gown for my sister in law...but..) I can't wait to see photos!

Cécile said...

What a great project! I love the 1910's too, but I never really had the motivation to sew something ( the only event for this period we have here is in Swizzerland and very expensive...)
I can't wait to see your creations!

But be careful with your hands! (but you can use the machine for this ;)

Greetings from black forest :)


Angela said...

My Lady Portland, what a wonderful idea. I love the teens as well as Regency and Georgian. If you think about it teens is very neo-Regency, right? The dress will not be too difficult to do - its the detailing that takes the time. The undergarments will be the time consuming tasks. However, I wish you the best of luck on it and can't wait to see it done. FIY, the Greater Bay ARea Costume Guild is planning a Titanic event - dinner and ball here in the Bay Area in the spring. Cheers.