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12th Night Madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I am back to work today, and I'm feeling chipper. I've endured 60 minutes of sheer torture by C, Da Personal torturer Trainer, and I feel extremely accomplished. What a way to start a day!

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?


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 5th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
i should be able to bring the aforementioned men clothes down tomorrow or wednesday. let me know when, and what i need to bring (i forget)

also, i know things will be hairy in the am on saturday, but i'll need someone who knows what they're doing to lace me up, and possibly tye up my hair if there's time....
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Depending upon timing and needs of the Small Person, I may be able to give you a hand. Which dress do you have, and how would you like your hair done (if Italian, do you want braids again - either French or regular)?
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
standard black italian ren, since i don't have anything else....

yes braids...or twist. something...italian
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
She would need her boned doublet spiral-laced, and either French or Italian braids. :-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Easy. I can probably have you in the dress and hair done in @15 minutes, and most of that is the hair. Remember to bring your laces (plus something to tie off the hair), or I'll have to smack you on the upside of the head with your coronet ;-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
So if I am there when all this happens can I hold the Small Person (aka Rachel) huh? Pleeeeez ;-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think we might be able to convince the Navigator to give his back a rest for a bit and let you have a bit of baby time :-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yippee! ;-D
Jan. 5th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Wednesday will probably be better. Tomorrow we have Alle Psallite and, although I plan to leave early, you might have to show up to our place rather late. Unless you could swing by Missy Anne's and deliver the stuff there. Sian should be there which would be easier. But I know that Reston may be a longer trek for you than F-Ch. :-)

The clothes would be one of Marcellus' linen tunics, as well as loaner hosen and bries.
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I suppose we shall see if The Great Ice Storm they are predicting for tomorrow will actually show up. I should probably pick up the hat pieces tonight...
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I think that's a very good idea. It's a very simple pattern and we can whip it out in no time. :-)

Again! Thanks a million!
Jan. 6th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
That.. is hardcore. My hat is off to you!

Assuming I end up going all I lack are some hooks/eyes [blush]!
Jan. 6th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I'd love to see you guys!
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