Correction- /one/ of my fabrics. I think I said this already, but I didn't share the mess it took to get it. You see, I'd planned to go to the bank and cash a check, then go and buy the fabric. But I dawdled through the morning, forgetting that banks close at noon on Saturdays.
So I scrounged around and managed to come up with just enough to buy one color. Which wasn't too bad, since I only planned to buy one, having only one coupon. I figured I'd get one that week, then get the next week's coupon and use it on the other color.
Amazing thing. This week's flyer contains TWO coupons, one of which is 50% off instead of 40%! So I'm actually getting the cranberry for cheaper, and getting the lacing for cheap, too.
So the cost for this dress has come down to about $40 instead of the original $150 or so. Bardingtide will be happy to hear that. Less than a day's wages.
Yesterday I drafted the pattern, and boy was that fun! I used the old Simplicity pattern for Arwen and Galadriel (not the one with Eowyn's dresses in it), but changed it beyond recognition. So the mock up fits... let's hope the actual one does. And I now have about 3 1/3 yards for the skirt, which I think will be enough. If not, there's always the bum roll to make things more full. :-P
I'll also have a long strip of extra fabric. I haven't decided what to do with it. I may make sleeves (sleeves tied on back then) or I might use it to create a bag, or something of a non-costume persuasion.
The smock continues to go along, bit by bit. I got the sleeve pieces put together, and have started french-seaming the side pieces.
Last night I drafted a tentative pattern for my cap. I had to do a lot of re-cutting from the original, which turned out huge. But after I cut it down properly it came out pretty good. I've all but decided to do a straight side rather than a more fashionable curved side. They're easier to sew, for one, and I'm going to be a very plain peasant.
I may change my mind on that, but for now I have the smock to finish.
The Continuing Drama of the Lack Of Purse-
I continue to believe that a basket is a bad idea. However, I've also ruled out pockets. I don't know what I was thinking there. Last year I tied my little bag to my belt, and had back trouble halfway through the day. Pockets are a bad idea. So no pockets, no basket. Right now I'm thinking another little bag/reticule/pouchy thing I can carry on my wrist. It's not right, but it's better than nothing. My last recourse is a green crocheted bag (crochet was not invented yet! Gack!) I wore the first year. If all else fails, I have that.
Also I'm going to start examining paintings to find out how the ladies carried their things home from market or while traveling. Probably more baskets. But you see, I'm planning on doing some real shopping this year (perhaps even the long-wished-for Celtic pin) and I don't want to be carrying a plastic grocery bag around. Oy. So perhaps instead of a little basket, I'll take a bigger basket with my little pouch inside. Perhaps.
If anyone has other ideas, I'd love to hear them!
Plan of Attack-
Today, I work on my smock and try not to be too chatty at TLC. Of course, I still have my job to do, but free time is sewing time, first and foremost.
This evening after work I go to buy the rest of my supplies, wash my fabric, and hopefully cut out the cranberry bodice.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday I try to finish my smock and start on the apron and/or cap.
Friday I have Emily and will probably get very little done. Perhaps I might do some embroidery if I'm far enough along (doubtful).
Saturday and Sunday (afternoon) I'll be stitching away, putting together the bodice and starting on the skirt. I don't know how far I'll get, but I need to be as quick as possible. The fourth is coming soon!
Next week is the same, with possible machine sewing in the evenings if I haven't finished that by Sunday evening. Also during that time I'll be putting together whatever I settle on as a stand-in for a purse.
If I get really ahead of schedule, I might go ahead and try for that white partlet. It looks so pretty- I really want to wear one.
So that's it for today. I'll continue to update you as time goes on. And don't forget to suggest purse options if you have any!
Well, Saturday I bought my fabric. I had no idea it would be so hard to do!