Hmm… so, the problem is that I’m a bit behind schedule on my three projects: the PoP: Tamina costume for the Historical Costume Inspiration Festival; my Birthday Masquerade outfit (AKA, Lady Luck Pierrot outfit); and a waistcoat for my young man (for work and for his steampunk outfit for my Birthday Masquerade Party).
- Prince of Persia: Tamina – I’ve done a quick mock-up of the harem pants in natural muslin (that is, the English definition – I think Americans call it muslin gauze?). They are very sheer, so I’m glad I’m going for the long-length tunic over the top, otherwise I’d be a bit of a flasher! I have gone for a very baggy leg because the fabric is so sheer and drapey, which seem to work well, especially as I’ve also decided to pleat the excess fabric rather than gather it. More on that another time. Still to do – er, pretty much everything? I might have to go for just the tunic and harem pants in time for the festival, and leave the cropped waistcoat for another time. Deadline – beginning of October.
- Birthday Masquerade outfit – I’m still working on these damned stays, but they are an integral part of the costume (and any other 18th century costume I want to make in future), so they need doing. However, I am currently trimming down the fray allowance and applying fray-check to the edges, so after today the stays will be in a wearable state, even if they’re not quite finished yet (no bias binding). Still to do – again, almost everything!! A pierrot jacket, a few petticoats, a sash and a mask. I had hoped to make a cool hat and a fan, but these accessories might have to wait until a later date. I have most of the fabrics (just need some cheap white sheets/fabric for the under petticoats). Deadline – 24th November.
- A Modern Waistcoat for an Architect-In-Training – we have the fabric (including a rather fun tartan lining, which was free from a friend!) and I’ve traced an existing waistcoat to use as a basis for sizing; his lordship has sketched what he wants (it’s a bit complicated!) and we’ve worked out the construction. To do – tonight I should be pinning a mock-up to him so we can finalise the pattern; then it all needs making (still – argh!). Deadline – 24th November.
As you can see, I’ve cut down on some accessories I had planned, so I’m going to try to continue with what I’ve outlined above. But (isn’t there always a but?), if I get any further behind schedule, I might have to put Tamina on hold and use what I’ve done of my Birthday Masquerade outfit for the festival.
So, I’m afraid blog posts might be a bit thin on the ground as I’m so busy at the moment and I also have some work-related news to share with you in the near future (but more on that later), which means more busy times – goodness!