I love making lists. Now I'm done with the linen suit, it's time to revise the list.
I had planned to go back to the grey silk 1780s suit and finish it, so yesterday I pulled it out of the closet to see where I had left off. I had been hoping that time and distance would give me a different perspective on the thing, and I would realize that many of its flaws were merely my imagination, caused by my frustrations.
No such luck. The thing still looked like crap. So the husband and I talked about it. He still liked it, but we both agreed that if I didn't like where the project was going, there was no point in finishing it. It was so disappointing to let it die, partly because of all the money, work, and effort put into it, partly because the early stages of the project had looked so promising, and partly because now my HB doesn't get another new suit.
But still, I faced reality. It was time to kill the project. I ripped out and saved the lovely silk/cotton satin lining and the horsehair canvas; I ripped the buttons and hooks off the breeches; and I threw what was left in the trash. Phew! What a weight off of me! I still want to use the patterns again, with a more appropriate fabric, but that's not going to happen for a while.
Now I can move on to the next thing. Here's how my list stands now:
1.) Alterations. I usually save these up so I can do them all at once. I need to patch a skirt, replace a waistband on another, applique over a hole in a shirt, and do a little mending.
2.) Summer shirts for the man. I have made lots of shirts for him, but now I want to really fine-tune the fit of one pattern; a 3-button short-sleeve pullover with a collar. I want to do a couple in batik.
3.) 19-teens dress. This is one that has been waiting way too long, so I decided to pull it up from the bottom of the list. I did a sketch yesterday. I want to make something to wear in a modern context, so I won't be doing a corset; I'll just fit it over my modern undies. I also really like the long collar seen on many afternoon styles, but I want to pair it with some elements more often seen on evening styles. Not perfectly period, so I guess I should consider it teens-inspired.
4.) Summer skirts and dresses, including the knits I was working on a couple months ago. I want to work in a few vintage details to these.
5.) ConVergence costumes, maybe. I did finally actually buy my membership for ConVergence, so now I need to figure out something to wear. I really want to do something character-based, since I currently have only 1 character costume, but I'm not sure what to do. I'm trying to figure out if I would look too silly dressing up as Pippi Longstocking (one of my childhood heroes - in fact, once of my current heroes as well) or if that would even make sense in the sci-fi context.
6.) Renoir dress. I pushed this back a bit since I'm not sure when I'll wear it. I want to make it during the summer lull, when I can go slow and enjoy the process of the thing.
I also plan to start a new knitted toy as my evenings project. I think I will do the Spherey.
Beyond that, I have tons of ideas, but nothing very concrete yet.