The problem with working on several costumes simultaneously is that I don’t get that “ah, finished!” feeling from having completed any one item. All my projects are in a state of half-done, all at the same time. It’s annoying & not my usual mode of operation. But I’m in deep now, & there’s no turning back.
The black silk francaise is completely sewn (mostly hand-sewn, OMG, never thought I’d say that about a dress made by me). It just needs to be hemmed & trimmed, & of course, those take forever. Similarly, Thomas’ frockcoat is all done except it needs a collar (cut but not assembled) & trim (tho’ all the buttons are made).
Here’s some crappy iPhone pix to prove that I’m still going. Btw, the black lace trim on the francaise petticoat? That used to be the lace overlay on the skirt of my Eugenie gown. I completely deconstructed that skirt so I could use a swath of the lace in this project. Bonus: I also have a ton of gorgeous purple silk to do something else with later. Because, even tho’ that project was a major life milestone & a huge achievement, 1850s costume just isn’t my thing.