Completed Costume Tally of 2007:
second crewel pocket
green silk stays
B's english gown
pet en l'air
chemise la reine
1870s bustle petticoat
Hummm... pretty sad really. Especially considering I wasn’t happy with most of those and plan to take several apart and re-do or never wear them again. I started/worked on more things but haven't finished them as well which is frustrating. I hate endlessly pending projects, I find them very depressing.
I try not to make too many costuming resolutions/goals each year but this year I have two. The first is to not have 2008 filled with last minute, finished-in-a-rush projects. I end up hating them and getting discouraged - to the point of questioning my talents and creativity which isn't fair. My life seems to be getting more and more complicated all the time, I need costuming to bring joy. If not then what is the point?
Second, I want to branch out a bit in my costuming activities. I love RCHS and the 18th century living history it allows me to participate in but I'm feeling a bit stifled within it's confines. I want to stretch my wings a bit and do some different things this year. The Poe event is a good example, not an era I'm passionate about by any means but I think it will be great fun and I'm really looking forward to it, for the novelty alone. I'm feeling the need to branch out I guess.
Major projects on the docket for 2008 include:
b&w bustle outfit, c1875 for CC
Poe dress, 1840s for Poe event
non-gala (pearl) dress, c1800, for CC
remake of the Pink Pimpernel, for July event & RCHS
chemise á la Reine, take #2, for coaching days & me
Redingote or traveling dress, 1780s for coaching days
English gown, 1770s, for RCHS
secret project, for cc
swing dress, 1940s for a wedding/christmas
restoration gown, 17th century for CostumeCon 09
Ummm... can anyone say ambitious? My list of little piddly stuff is almost as long. Shifts, caps, hats, shawls, neckerchiefs and the like, not to mention jewelry & craft projects. It's really very scary. :P