In other news, I will now join the crowd and will post the obligatory 12th Night sewing madness recap. And since this project is eating my life away, the least I can do is share my craziness with the rest of the world.
Here's the status:
Underpinnings -- namely chemise, corset, farthingale -- are done. The corset still needs to be completely bound, but who cares. It's functional and it's all hand made down to the last eyelet. So it's all good.
Ruff and partlet -- done.
Petticoat -- done.
Forepart -- done, and completely decorated.
Gown, done (mostly) -- It still needs to be hemmed, and I don't think that I will have time to sew the decorations to the hem. Oh, well. At least the bodice will be decorated so it's all right.
Sleeves -- done. Still need to be set to the gown though.
Shoulder pads -- I am harvesting the ones that I made for the failed Princesse de Conde project. But they still need the covers. Small thing, but it consumes time.
Cuffs -- need to be cut and put together. A small project, but it throws more time to the whole enterprise.
Shoes -- Got them. Just need to put the ribbons for shoelaces. I wanted to have chopines, but that will be a project for another time. For now, 17th Century shoes will have to do.
Headpiece -- Needs to be cut and assembled. Will at least draft the pattern tonight.
Accessories -- Got them. They will look fab.
So as you can tell, we're almost there, but not quite. Sleep? Who needs it?
Anyway, the fabulous perronelle has been a HUGE help by showing up at our place and help with the hand sewing. If it wasn't for her, I am not sure that I'd be this far finished. This woman rocks! Also, Marcellus has been awesome in his patience and has learned to get me in and out of that getup like nobody's business. He particularly likes the getting me out of it, but I digress. This has been really helpful with fittings.
The downside is that I have had no time to dedicate to my long-suffering husband's 12th Night project. The good news is that we still had some very nice black velvet left over from his doublet, so all he had to do was make sleeves for it. Add a nice falling band and cuff, plus his nice lightweight wool trunkhose, and he's going to look great. (That's a great load off my mind, and his!)
Plus the pirategirleee has been awesome in taking over other duties that have nothing to do with the project, but that have freed a significant chunk of time for me. Thanks Pirate!
I am not yet posting any pictures. Suffice to say that last night we had a "dress rehearsal" with all the finished pieces put together, including jewelry. I could not believe what this thing looks like on me. This is like pouring all my years of research on one particular gown.
I like it.
But I think that I'll take a short break on crazy large projects after 12th Night.
After all, there is a doll that is clamoring to be finished . . .
Will this ever end?