My project this week has been to work on a wool underdress for Baby, since the babe will be 4-5 months old during our cold-weather reenactments. It'll be nice and toasty, but since the fabric isn't too thick, it shouldn't be hot. I made it using Elizabeth Stewart Clark's "Infant Linens" pattern (shown) I happened to have this lovely, soft cream-colored wool I bought off a friend 4-5 years ago, and thought it would make a lovely quilted petticoat, and maybe a tiny paletot and hood. (Not very practical, I know, but think of the pictures!) I know I'm not likely to have this much time on my hands ever again, so I'm enjoying this all-too-brief moment of bliss -- creating clothes for my Little Darling.
I did machine quilting on the skirt, rather than doing it by hand. I've seen an original petticoat that was quilted by machine, so I felt pretty confident doing it this way. It's not perfectly symmetrical, but that gives it character. :) The skirt still needs to be attached to the bodice, and all the buttons/buttonholes/shoulder straps need to be added to the bodice, so I'll probably be finishing it up at the reenactment this weekend and posting pictures of the finished garment next week.
I also hope to work a little on my long-neglected straw bonnet this weekend, too, if I find myself with free time. I'm not far from being done stitching the plaits down, and I'm Super Excited about how it'll look when done. I've made 1 other straw bonnet, but it was a commission so I never got to wear it. I've never had one myself. I bet it's so light and pleasant in the warm weather.
Until next time...God Bless!