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Georgia on My Mind

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is my first show of the year.  I do not generally sew for anyone there, so it is where I have a chance to catch up.  This year I received a few orders right before I went to Georgia, and they are what I worked on. No cath-up this time.  To the left here, is part of Vicki's new 1860's Sheer Ensemble.  I made for her a day and ball top as well as the matching skirt set and hat. 

This was a really fun order.  It gave me a chance to try out several 'new to me' techniques, and they all worked out great! I love the sheer fabric, and the day top with the built in short sleeved corset-cover is adorable.  I also made my first straw hat from scratch.  I am completely in love! I cannot wait to make loads of straw hats.  They look fantastic, are lighter weight, and much faster.  I like fast and still fabulous!  For more pictures of Vicki's lovely ensemble you can check out her flickr set.

Another dress that was finished at GA was a very cute young ladies dress for 1893.  It is a whole lot of pink silk.  I lucked across some pink silk houndstooth suiting, silk faille, and cotton velvet.  All the pieces came out so cute I have a new appreciation for the color.  I was even able to locate some matching straw to make her hat on Ebay!  I did learn that narrower straw takes longer to make a hat. -grin-  Love it! You can see more pictures of the entire ensemble as well as the hat

on the Flickr page.  I will be updating about the purpose of this dress and it's wearer soon.  Exciting stuff!!

I made some adjustments to Deeanne's dress for the Titanic tea.  We re-draped the lace and gave it a tassel.  I have to say this is MUCH prettier.  Of course I do not have a picture of it. -sigh-  I was trying to hard to get it finished and mailed back for her event!  There will be pictures soon though.  Unless you are going to RomCon where you can see it in person. :-)

Lets, see what else did I make?  There was loads of repairs for friends.  A couple of choli tops.  I finally finished that batch of corsets.  Four of them are for Dicken's this year, so I really needed to get them done, so there could be fittings. 

I also had my first foray into modern clothing in forever!  My friend Linda is going to her niece's wedding in August and I am going to make her an arty coat, slacks, and blouse for the event.  The mockups were in linen, and they turned out well enough to keep and finish as well! 

Well I am home for a little while, but I still need to sew.  There will be a couple of petticoats to match the corsets, and a new costume for the husband to fight in in MD.  So, I am off to sew!