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23 November 2009 @ 10:34 am
I haven't talked about it at all, but I'm making an 1860's gown to go caroling in.

I haven't sung since high school. *tries not to panic*

Anyway. We're going to be in a Christmas parade the day after Thanksgiving, and then go caroling on December 12th. Charles Dickens era costume, about half done right now.

Same basic era as civil war, btw, just different fabric choices, for the most part.

So, big bell skirt, fitted jacket top, corset, etc.

My jacket is done except for trim. My skirt is three quarters done, and I have to make my corset yet. Yikes!

However, I finally figured out how to make quick and easy ruffles with my serger! Super fast, compared to gathering by hand. Especially when one is talking about over 30 yards of ruffle!

Sorry for the crappy quality - cell phone. But you can see the ruffle pretty well, and how nice and even and full it looks. Took me about half an hour with the serger to do a rolled hem, then ruffle, then attach to the bottom of the skirt. That probably would've taken me.....at LEAST and hour and a half the old fashioned way. So, very cool! And now I want to add ruffles to everything!

The fabric, by the by, is a blue flocked taffeta. Yeah, yeah, not exactly period - but it sure is pretty!
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Dragonsinger: Anna rock - OSdragonsinger on November 23rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
You're going to have a blast, trust me. I caroled in a period costume when I was 19 with the local arts council. They provided the dress, thank goodness.:)
rhienellethrhienelleth on November 23rd, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I hope! It's not like we're really practicing before we go, so I'm a little worried...
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on November 23rd, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
I think as long as you know the carols, it'll be fine.:)
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on November 23rd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
That's BEAUTIFUL! I love the fabric.
rhienellethrhienelleth on November 23rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) I love it, too! I bought it on clearance more than a year ago, specifically with a big skirt like this in mind.

It's always fun to get something that's normally $13/yard for $2/yard. :D
Fatemafatema on November 23rd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
OOooooooooooh! Can't wat to see the finished product!
rhienellethrhienelleth on November 23rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I will definitely post pics!
wisteriawisteria on November 23rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
How fun!!! Can't wait to see further pics! :)
kistha on November 23rd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome. So that's what's blocking that weekend. Coolness. I love caroling. Although it's been so long, and I don't listen to Christmas carols anymore (where did the good basic ones go too, anyway?) I doubt I could remember half the words!

You'll do fine though!
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Cheerful (Daisy)woodrunner on November 23rd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ohh, that's really nice! I wish I had half of your skill with the sewing machine!
Violetvioletinstincts on November 26th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Looks Wonderful!