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Woohoo! I’m feeling like things are really coming together here. I’d already played with the idea of the wildcard pack being rather more butch than the other outfits, and the riding jacket was an easy choice
The jacket pattern is on its way…
…but I couldn’t decide exactly what to make for my bottom half!
A lovely divided skirt?
A skirt that’s really not?
A full on side saddle skirt?
After brooding on this for some time, I’ve gone for the last one. Somewhat later in period than the jacket, but the joy of steampunk is that you can embrace anachronisms- I’m a time traveller after all.
Even better, the pattern is downloadable, so it’s already printed out next to me. Another decision made!
Plus a little serendipity- a few months back I joined the ‘Historical Sewing Monthly’ group on Facebook. Late in the day for this year’s challenges, but I did manage to squeeze my bronze corset into the ‘brown’ challenge, and got some very very useful advice on fitting my green jacket. It’s a pretty serious group of dedicated historical costumers and re-enactors, so I don’t want to be too blatant with my steampunkery, which means some of my makes won’t fulfill their brief.
To my glee, a few days ago they started a thread discussing ideas for next year’s challenges, and I threw a few notions into the hat. I’m chuffed to bits to find that one of my ideas is in the final list! Even better for the SWAP, the first four challenges will slot neatly into my existing sewing plans. You’re allowed to make an item in the month before the challenge starts, ie I can do ‘January’ in December, and so on.
January = procrastination. One of my parasols needs to be done, and that also won’t break the SWAP rules.
February= Tucks and Pleating. My January sewing will begin with the silver skirt [I cut out the toile today]
April=Gender bender [my idea!] This only has to be something modelled on mens clothing of the era, and rding jackets are usually very masculine in style.
Well these two fit the bill for a riding outfit don’t they?
Happy Fairy time!
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