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Here's my plan to be ready for the picnic on saturday.

Tuesday: I'm working so my goal is to sew one armscye (I'm handsewing)

Wednesday: also working, sew another armscye

Thursday: make a petticoat and alter my stay straps to stop falling off my Mother-fucking-shoulders

Friday: working, hem short gown and sleeves

saturday: paaartay


It's currently in the hideously-dumpy stage...


regency short gown

 I've been working on handsewing a regency short-gown based off a black snail pattern that I shortened. I'm pulling inspiration from a pile of extants

It's a green stripe floral. So far I've gotten the bodice assembled, the skirtin sewn together and am halfway through sewing the skirting to said bodice. After that I need to add the band for the under-bust drawstring, then pin the shoulders and do a fitting. and grow a pair and set sleeves. 


back to life? back to humanity..

 well this was the wildest weekend I've had in ages. 


Amanda, Jess, Mackenzie and I are all finally fully vaccinated so we all felt comfortable gathering for a sewing day. It was heavenly to see my friends again and it was downright strange now normal it felt. If I closed my eyes and took a breath it was as if 2020 hadn't happened at all. All was right in the world and I got to laugh, vent, and snark. We watched the entierty of Bridgerton. Thankfully Jess has seen it before so while we talked over it, yelled at costumes and bad ideas of birth control she could catch us back up on plot points we missed. I can't say I had any interest in watcching it alone, but it was the perfect trash to watch with girlfriends and be aghast about haha. I event got a suprising amount done on my new regency short gown. I cut it out on Saturday morning before I headed over and managed to get the bodice assembled and lined (I used the jacket construction techniques from costume close up), the neckline hemmed and the CF edges hemmed. Which I thought was impressive considering we also had tea delivered from the tea house, 8 hours of trash TV and pizza...


Aubry organized a zoom sillouette party which I was both excited for and nervous. I wore my Victorian tea gown as I feel pretty in it, I put make up on for the first time since November as I thought I might shoot photos but then I didn't feel like putting on shoes or petticoats so I didn't bother. But I was shocked by how...un RED I looked. My face is very angry with constant N95s at work. I have rosacia everwhere and skin breakdown on my nose. I think mine turned out really cute, not as stunning as others but I just didn't have as exciting an outfit. Then we after-partied on Jenny-Rose's fancy paid zoom account till...9pm? after that but before 10pm. and frankly that was also lovely just hanging out with Aubry, Jenny-Rose, Sara and Me shooting the shit. I also sewed the drawstring channel for the neckline. 


I woke up fucking on fumes. I'm not used to any social interaction and I had two full days. It was amazing but I was also feeling very dissociated. But no rest for the weary, we had to take Ellie to the vet for her 5 year check up. She's very healthy and was thrilled with all the attention and love. Probably less so with her vaccines but had forgotten those by the time she got to the car. I came home and napped. I sewed one and a hafl skirt seams and ordered pizza for dinner. Now we're watching time team while I stress about work tomorrow. 

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Welp 2021 didn't start off on quite the foot I was hoping for...actually I started on no feet by slipping on the ice on the front steps on my way out the door to work yesterday AM. Feet flew up. ass went down 3 steps and somehow landed on my knee...this after falling down the basement steps on Monday night. Rob thinks it's an unfortunate coincidence, but I'm certain I must have MS and am rapidly dying :-p


please revel in the glory that is my ass currently...and oops if you didn't want to see my butt.

I put ice on it as soon as I got to work and took advil, but I definitely woke up this morning...stiff. Because of both falls and hitting different places each I feel like I lost a fight. 

That said 2021 otherwise seems okay, I had a lovely day at work. low key and my favorite staff were there. My kids are all super charming and work put up an album of them with Rob and I on Christmas eve (He came as Santa). https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=pediatricspecialty&set=a.1738369666322549

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two steps forward, one step back

I got the bodice assembled and tried it on. The front looks nice with the CF gathered panel but I haaated the poofy gathered back...so I took it off and ripped it apart. I re-cut a fitted back (thank god I have 10 yards of this fabric) and RE assembled. It really helped having a zoom with sewing friends to actually KEEP me in the sewing room working. After dinner I made piping and pinned that all around the neckline and bodice hem and a strip of bias up the CF on the side I'm not finishing by folding over. I also painstakingly re-threaded all 14 rows of hand gathering now that I know how much they need to be gathered and tied them all off so they wouldn't pop and escape on me. My gathering could DEFINITELY be neater but, eh, shoot me.


Here's my basic schedule:

Tuesday (tomorrow) is going to be a ROUGH day as I'll have been working for 12 hours with a break at 11 to go watch Granny's funeral livestream...so I'm not counting on me doing anything productive. I'm going to tell myself I have to baste the sleeves to the lining and that's it.

Wednesday is another work day. My goal is just to sew the piping and the bias down on the bodice.

Thursday: Sleeves, bodice closure, whip down the piping/facing

Friday: Skirt

Saturday morning: anything I forgot/ran out of time for...

dress in a week...

How do I ALWAYS do this to myself. The Poe picnic is in a week and I have....ahem...not much to show for it. I did a second mock up yesterday and was very pleased with my pattern. This morning I transferred it to a final pattern (go me i usually cut off the mock up and don't have a record) and cut out the bodice and sleeves from silk and cotton lining...then I sat and starred at it for a while, took a nap, generally was a waste of oxygen....I'm kinda not sure how I'm going to finish this dress in a week? I mean it's not THAT complicated and I'm not working Monday, Thursday, Friday but still...


So far tonight I have the darts sewn in the lining and the boning channels sewn in them. I marked all the lines for hand gathering. There are 20 total...I should really really start that....

My goal for tomorrow is Finish all the gathering, get the side panels attached to the bodice and the side seams sewn. Someone poke me to be productive....still very annoyed at my own incapability of productivity. 

the facade is cracking

I've been generally doing pretty well with COVID and mental health stuff. First it was just "keep Rob from losing his shit" mode where he didn't leave the house and I did all the shopping and we were all in lock down and the acute phase of quarantine. Then we entered the chronic phase of quarantine where we just kept plodding along. We take trips to the store once or twice a week, I zoom with friends and I really rely on seeing friends at work to feel like I see people...but this weekend my parents got home from a week long vacation with my sister's family (they live much closer) and I couldn't go because i'd have to quarantine for 2 weeks upon returning home. Working with a fragile population just means I have to be careful...and I broke a little. there was a lot of crying. And if I'm honest with myself, I think I've reached my limit for "lack of social"

 I spent three days when I was supposed to be cleaning the house, shooting and editing a youtube video, sewing ANYTHING, canning pickles...you name it ANYTHING, staring at my computer, crying, not showering, watching horrible romantic comedies and laying on the couch in an awkward position till I actually felt nauseated on Sunday night. Oh and did I mention fucking up my sleep schedule? I went to bed after 1am every night this weekend and that means I'll have a really hard time righting the ship to go to work tomorrow...

I did finally this evening after dinner get my butt up to my sewing room. It was significantly cooler up there after two not-horrible days and taped together and cut out of paper the new Virgil's Fine Good's patter I'm a pattern tester for. But then I couldn't find my fabric scissor...it's a good thing I have work tomorrow, it really is the thing helping me stay sane. 

2020 fuck you

Me "Okay I'll do 18th century mitts great!" *Logs onto the computer and looks at Cocovid schedule* SOMEONE IS TEACHING THAT EXACT THING ALREADY I seriously can't catch a break and I QUIT. 

Also I'm both really glad we didn't go to Gettysburg and worried about Dave as he told me he's been having high fevers since 4pm yesterday and I'm legit worried about him :-/ 


STILL have no plan for a video for Sunday.

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 I'm supposed to be in Gettysburg filming my super awesome cocovid video right now...we had made it to the KOP service station when I pulled off so Rob could grab a coffee and went to tell Dave our ETA. He's on day 2 of congestion after going camping with his family for a week....fuck....I went through a range of "pretend I didn't see this and don't tell Rob."..."blame it on Rob's germ based OCD"....."you know the right thing to do is not to go because you work with medically fragile kids AND your husband has OCD and you owe it to him to not cause him panic attacks"...2020, you can't even let me have one nice thing. :-( Told Dave we just couldn't swing it and turned around. Consoled myself with Sonic for lunch and were home before we would have made it to Gettysburg. Then we immediately UNPACKED a very full car, that I hat just magically packed 2 hours ago. Pulled curlers out of my hair in the sonic parking lot so I'd look like less of a mad woman. Came home and poked the internet sadly and took a nap.

Now I'm stuck with "what the hell do I do for a Cocovid video?" I could do nothing I suppose, but I'm on the schedule and that seems like shitty of me. Rob's tossed me several hilarious video ideas, but they're more of "Robin's channel" videos and not exactly what I think fits Cocovid as I want it to be instructional?  So far the only ideas I have and sort of like but don't love are 1. turning my most popular blog entry "how to make 18th century mitts" into a video. But does anyone still DO 18th century? 2. I bought that gap blouse planning to do a video on how to make it a little more historically accurate (put in a CB closure, collar stays, either narrow the sleeves or shorten them unsure which. again don't LOVE any of those like I LOVED our photography video...3. I could do a video about my new 1890s wrapper how it isn't a wash dress and what did women wear to do work in the 19th century on a farm, but I'd have to do a lot more research so far all I've figured out is that "wash dress" is much more a "ready to wear" equivalent and not really a "get dirty on the farm chores" idea and I can't find any references pre 1900...*sigh* 

suddenly something to dress FOR

I was musing on Facebook about what would I do a video on if I wanted to join Cocovid and Dave from Victorian Photography studio suggested we take a trip to Gettysburg and do a video about colors and how they translate in collodion photography. "you'll have to get tintypes of all your dresses" GEE TWIST MY ARM. I actually am excited about this, a one on one video when we can easily maintain 6 feet feels like an AMAZING chance to SEE PEOPLE and wear fun clothes. The plan is to bring everything I own from 1860-1890...except I don't own anything from 1890. But remember how last time I did a video I was seriously jonesing for an 1890s wash dress? ...no?...well I was. So my plan WAS to work on one this weekend with fabric I had that was PERFECT. I got the pattern made on saturday and washed the fabric sunday and today discovered that I was in fact losing the game of Fabric chicken. I thought I had 4 yards, was actually closer to 3 after washing. Would you like sleeves and a front panel or side back and back panels? you can't have both...oooookay. plan B it is. Rob offered to go to Joann's with me (I'm assuming because it is near Red Robin and we got take out for dinner) and holy shite guys is their stock low! There was literally ONE passable pattern with enough yardage and even then it was two bolts so I'm going to have to pay attention to cutting. clearly mask making has cleaned them out. But it was actually weirdly nice to get out of the house and shop, there were only 3 or 4 other customers there so it was actually pretty easy to feel safe doing it, and I didn't see a single penis nose! 


Ideally I'd have liked a stripe but...beggars apparently can't be choosers, but I DO think this one has the potential to photograph interestingly. Lots of colors and pastels go funny sometimes.

Here are a few of my main inspirations




I took the folkwear shirtwaist from 1905 and made it floor length, then I took the sleeves from that pattern and the sleeves from a black snail pattern and made a truly bastardized combo...very responsible of me!

Also I put out a new youtube video today, it's nothing amazing project wise but it's worth watching the beginning of for the Ellie montage, trust me Rob had way too much fun.

So I washed the fabric today. Tomorrow after work I will iron it and wednesday after work I'll pin it to the fabric. Then I can cut and start sewing thursday and finish it Friday. Totally doable right?!