I know it hasn’t been that long since I updated this journal but it feels like forever. Actually it feels like 2006 has been going on forever. I really must stop this habit of cramming so much into such small amounts of time. I don’t know that I can last the year out at this pace!! :>
I was sick most of this week. *sigh* My first cold of the new year. Indeed a nice little head cold that tried very hard to become a sinus infection but I held it off (thank goodness!). I’ve probably pushed to hard the last few days but honestly I don’t have time to be sick any longer! *shrugs shoulders*
My cold seriously messed up my sewing plans. If you will recall I started work on a new English gown for RCHS events last weekend. Specifically I needed a warmer frock for an event this weekend. Starting one two days before the event is probably insane, even by my standards, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! Besides the pseudoephedrine (from the cold meds) didn’t allowed me to sleep well, so I figured I might as well do something useful with my time.
So late Thursday night I fitted the lining and then took the time to transfer my changes to a new master pattern. You know, so next time I can just whip it out without the extra fitting. :P
I spent all of Friday (with the exception of a couple hours of MK work) working on the frock - all the way until 4am in fact. I took a 3 hour nap and then got the dress in wearable condition by 10:45. With B’s help I dressed, sewing myself into the bodice as I didn’t have time to sew on hooks and eyes, and was at the event by 12:15 – fifteen minutes ahead of schedule! And another feat of marathon sewing is completed! *throws confetti*
My gown was made of dress-weight green wool pinched from Mum. I used the same basic pattern as my red stripe and ball gown, just perfecting the fit a bit more. I think I can safely say after three tries I have this style mastered! I really need to carve out more time to do a variation on the style one of these days! :>
Naturally there are cheats I need to go back and fix, like the machine hem, but overall I’m very happy with my new frock. I want to add some tapes in the skirt to polonaise it as well and some hooks and eyes would be good of course. The hem came out too long and the sleeves need to be properly finished rather than just turned under and hand basted. Etc.
I should probably add that the event today was fun, despite being almost frozen to death. It snowed, sleeted and gusted off & on all day. lady_spencer was there too though so I had some sunshine in my day. *wink* It was fun visiting with her and seeing her lovely blue frock in person. It was just too darn cold to fret about pic taking at the event (had my cloak on most of the time anyway) but I did get Bridget to take a few when I got home. Please excuse my somewhat bedraggled appearance in the pics!
After today a flannel petticoat, wool mitts and a muff are tops on my wardrobe list. A new hat to wear in less than ideal weather would be nice too. I just couldn’t bring myself to wear my silk hat in snow! :>
Why I’m still awake I really don’t know. Maybe some residue pseudoephedrine in my system. Blah! Well tomorrow is an LJ-girl outing to G Streets – I can’t wait! :>