Monday, August 14, 2017

CoBloWriMo Day 14: Dream Project

For a long time, I had projects that I knew I wanted to tackle but wanted to wait until I was "good enough."  And to some extent that's valid; we're all constantly evolving and improving our skill sets, so some projects that seemed horribly daunting five years ago (or more, or less, depending on the project!) suddenly seems achievable.

That's definitely the case with one of my more recent projects, my 1810s riding habit.  I've wanted a habit of some kind for years and years, even before I started riding horses or tried riding sidesaddle.  It seemed so unattainable for so long, and yet here we are!  And yes, I do plan to do a few more posts on that project.

Holy sh*t I actually made this!

So, I've made a new commitment to myself.  Now is the time to tackle all those pie-in-the-sky dream projects.  All those gowns, habits, wrappers, and frocks I wish I could have...this is the time to make them.  Not when I'm thinner, not when I've reached a certain age, not when I've achieved some amorphous level of "better" in my sewing.  Now.  Today.  Or, well, soon, since there are a lot!

Kyoto Costume Institute

Detail, Sir James and Lady Hodges and Their Family, c. 1776 (Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland)

Not pictured: the million yards of buttery yellow silk taffeta in my stash for this gown.

Kyoto Costume Institute

Apparently, I really like yellow.  It's a great color!  I should go for some variety though.

Gallery of Fashion, 1799
DAR Reproduction fabric by Burnley & Trowbridge
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
This one is still up in the air as to style.  I've made a brown wool petticoat but I have to decide on what time period I really want to pursue with the jacket.  The coat above is a really nice 1760s example, which I find charming...but this detail from a painting of the Wedgewood Family by George Stubbs is also really pretty!

Detail, c. 1780
I also have yards and yards of this beautiful Colonial Williamsburg reproduction cotton that could become any number of things.

From the Royal Ontario Museum @ROMtextiles Twitter Account
Then there's also this fantastic wool plaid, which is earmarked for something 1860s.  That's going to start soon, since I want to wear it for Remembrance Day in Gettysburg in November.

Also for Gettysburg, I'm in need of a new ballgown.  That sounds extravagant, but the reality is that I just don't have one that fits!  Ginger was every so kind enough to pick up some very affordable pink silk for me in the LA Garment District, so this is on my list of plans-to-make-soon, too:

Phew!  That's quite a list, and I'm a little big chagrined to admit that all but the very last one will be made with fabric that is *already in my house and has been for some time already*.  All but two are from fabric that's been mine for more than six months, and several will be using fabric that I've had for years.  I guess I'd better get cracking so my reality can catch up with my dreams!


  1. Ah well, if you already have the fabrics AND a place to wear them, what's stopping you woman? Get cracking already...

  2. Yes, make all the things! I love building a Strategic Fabric Reserve, too, but finally sewing The THING is mighty rewarding, too!

  3. Doesn't every sewist have this problem? :D :D :D I certainly do...though I have an amazing length of violet/yellow colored silk that I am saving as a reward for myself for when I lose all the weight I intend to. Recently I've tried to do one thing a day I've been putting off, even if it's only for 10 minutes. I'm going on the hope that you can make anything (even good things!) a habit.