After a glorious weekend of intense sewing with my dear friend Paula, I'm now a whole lot closer to being prepared for the event in two weeks. I'm way too busy. Ugh. And I was getting really stressed out at not having anything to wear -- or at least anything that fit. But I came away with an old dress altered to fit me, and although it's less than glamorous, I'm very thankful to have something to wear that is somewhat decent. Paula will have to portray the "rich widow" and I her poor, pitiful sister-in-law with a baby on her hip. But if you knew us, you'd know that we'll have one heck of a good time with that scenario. :)
So...dress, check. Petticoat, check. Victoria's dress, check. Ok, well I have to get buttons and buttonholes on that, but that's it. Just need buttons/buttonholes on her petti, drawers, and stays, and they're done. Her shoes...the sole is pricked on the second shoe, and all that's left is to stitch the upper to the sole and it's finished, too, with the exception of dropping in a bit of an insole. So it's coming along.
I'm making patterns again. Since she's older now, I wanted to make Victoria a nightgown. Personally, I feel like night clothes to be largely underrepresented at reenactments -- but I don't have to ask why, since most people aren't usually going to be seen in their nightgown. Nevertheless, it's part of the experience, and I want Victoria to have one.
I found one online and, although it says 1865-1885, I think it should work for what I'm doing. It's simple a-line with 6 small tucks on each side of the center front. I've mocked it up about 4 times now, but changed it to four wide tucks. I think I'm close, but it's clear that I'm going to have to bring in the width of the top as it's too loose under her arms. Once I get the fit where I want, I'll create the yoke for the back (because the original has a yoke, apparently), and work on the sleeves. Sleeves I hate. The bane of my existence when it comes to patterning.
That's all for now. I hope you are all well and happy!