Part of this was also posted to tccostumers
, so I apologize for any redundancy.
I finished my pocket in the nick of time on Saturday. The embroidery was finished on Friday, but of course I forgot I would have to rinse the washable marker lines out of it and wait for it to dry before I sewed it. Saturday morning assembled the layers. I did the embroidery on a single layer of linen, then I backed it with another layer of the same to cover the backs of my stitches. I bound the slit with a strip of straight-grain self-fabric, sewing it by machine, turning, and machine-stitching in the ditch to catch the other side. Then I used two layers of linen for the other side. I stacked the 4 layers together and cut out the pocket shape. Then I bound the edges with a linen bias strip I cut from scrap, machine stitching, turning, and stitching in the ditch as for the slit. The top binding and tie are one long piece of straight grain self-fabric. I messed up and made the long end on the wrong side; I wanted to be able to tie the pocket ties in front and have the pocket hang on the right side, but instead it hangs on the left. So I just tied the ties in back instead.
All the embroidery is done in vegetable-dyed wools in chain stitch.
On Saturday afternoon I perfomed with my Irish ceili dance group at the Landmark Center, then rushed home to get ready for the undie party!
It went very well and was lots of fun. About 8 people attended, lots of pretty undies were seen, and we all ate lots of sweets (balanced by handfuls of cheesy puffs) and spent longer debating about which costume movie to watch than we did actually watching it. (Marie Antionette
won out in the end.)
Here's a picture of a few of us! (Sorry to those who left before I remembered to take a group photo!) I'm wearing my new linen shift, my 1776 stays, and a matching petticoat that I made in about an hour on Friday. It opens on each side as described on this page
(Except I haven't got pocket hoops.) That's also my red lobster bustle, black corset, etc. being worn on the left.
It was a great time and I definitely want to do it again sometime; perhaps even make it a regular (annual?) thing.
One more thing, if anyone who was there wants any more photos from the event, just let me know and I can send them to you!