With that being said, I was able to complete this lovely blue petticoat for the pet-en-l'air I finished just recently. I have not hemmed the bottom as yet because I am trying to decide on the trimmings and how much they might take. I also want to make sure that I leave enough length that can be let out if I change my skirt supports in the future. Deciding and working on that should give me another couple of hours of playing one afternoon.
I asked for my pair of American Duchess 'Georgiana' shoes for Christmas for just such an outfit and I hope I can soon decide on the color I'm going to dye them so that I can sport the whole ensemble for photos one day soon.
Before then, my dressform (Esmerelda, I think) gets to look pretty wearing it around the house. Every once in a while, I forget where I might have placed her for pictures and scare the $&*! out of myself when I come across her at night and forget that she's there.
I was also able to put together, rather quickly I might say, this late 18th century version of a Redingote. I'm so excited to finally have one of my own as I've been drooling over the several pretty variations I've seen around Pinterest and other blogs. I used a pattern by Nehelenia and found it to be wonderfully easy to follow. The cut fits very well, especially in the shoulders where I usually have a bit of trouble getting things just right. I just had to adjust the sleeves as mine are pretty scrawny and I like how the fashion plates have the sleeves tight around the wrist and forearm.
I really love this jacket and wish I could wear it out to the grocery store! I still have to attach the buttons on the cuffs and on the front, while also fashioning some hidden closures but that will be for another day. In all total, however, I think I will have only spent about 6 hours between cutting the fabric and sewing it all together. I have ordered a couple more Nehelenia patterns and hope I will find them just as easy to get through as this was.
Until next time...