Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Let's try this again

Started laying out the tassels on the bodice. Hideous!!! And the trim is just too "gold" although there is no gold in the trim. So I need to tone down a bit. I have ordered a plain white trim and am losing the yellow in the tassels. While I'm waiting for the new trim and to get more tassel stuff I started on the bows. I had to make my own ribbon but I think it turned out fairly well. I used 2mm silk embroidery ribbon and stitched through the silk of the fabric. Here is a bow without the streamers.
I also cut out a new chemise and will sew on it this weekend at an event. I may be sewing on tassels on the airplane to the conference!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Crisis averted

We have a new site for our May event. Pioneer Farms in Austin has agreed to host. While the site has fewer buildings, it offers some opportunities we didn't have at Henkel Square.

Waiting for bows and tassels

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ballgown and living history crisis

Ballgown progress, just the front; the back looks terrible on this form.

Henkel Square has now been sold and the new owners are going to develop it into a commercial site so no more living history there. I'm now scrambling to find a new site in time for the May event. Wish me luck. I really would hate to see the event go by the wayside as I think it's an important event to have in Texas, especially during the 150th.

Friday, February 11, 2011

1830s cap

In preparation for a 175th Texas Independence event, I made a little cap. My impression is poor, working woman in a tavern so I thought a very plain, utilitarian cap was best.

Now back to the ballgown. I hate living in a house of men. Especially when I have fitting to do.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Eye candy blog

For those of you who like to look at CDVs as much as I do...


I'm back from a vacation that had nothing to do with living history. Relevant postings will continue soon.