I wore this dress at Colonial Williamsburg in 2009, and all my photos from the trip are on Flickr, plus we have a Williamsburg trip photo pool dedicated to this event.
Madly pushing along on the To-Do List of D00m. Did lots of bits on various things this weekend, but only finished a couple. Started and completed a new chemise, a quilted supporting petticoat (that’s a real hack job, gah, but functional), and the bat pocket. Finished the inside of the polonaise and made the black
Almost making it out of Polonaiseville alive! Technically, the stripey polonaise itself is done — I only have to finish the petticoat. Want (but do not absolutely *need*) to add a ruffle at the hem. I cut it out, sewed it together, hemmed one edge, and wave-roller-cut the other, so it’s completely prepped. Have to
After finding a very helpful video showing how to do a blind hem stitch on your sewing machine, I realized I need a new foot for my machine. Additional research showed I might could use a specific guide, not necessarily a full foot. I’ll check and see if I already have such a thing (because,
I F****KING HATE PLEATING!!!!! Stupid polonaise. Stupid skirt. *This* is why I put the damn thing off all week. I have to rip it out *again* bec. I still can’t get the back to lay down properly. Not all that pleased with the front either, but it’s not as entirely sucktastic as the back. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Hat ideas for stripey polonaise. 1780s gothic pouf hat: Kendra calls it a capote, but I say POUF because that’s what it does. I have a thrifted straw hat to un-spiral for the raw materials. I also want to dye it purple because that’s how I roll. Fabric will be black floral jacquard that I’ve
I’m not making any promises, but I did start something today. I mocked up a polonaise bodice — based on ye olde Butterick not-very-accurate-but-darnit-it-fits-me bodice I used for Cosi Fan Tutte and the blue caraco. Modified the front for no stomacher (for the caraco, it was a zone, so I now I have another variation).
Another bandwagon jumped. This one started by Lindsey, Loren, and Leia, and the CC27 18th-century posse, inspired, iirc, by the movie The Duchess. Conversations started on LiveJournal in, I think, January, probably when the movie came out on DVD and people started obsessing over every last costume, especially the huge, poufy, stripey polonaises Georgiana and