Guess what I just won on ebay? This
! I've been waiting and watching for one for a very long time now, and this one was a steal! I've also got a bound buttonhole maker that I'm ashamed to admit I haven't even used yet. I'll just have to find a project for them!
I'm also kind of enthralled by this fabric:
I know it's not exactly historically accurate, but I so love the colors! I'm put off by the price... $12-14/yard even at a remnant price. I haven't shopped around much, but I bet that's pretty much what I'll find everywhere since it's a Richloom fabric. Because of those two things, I managed to convince myself yesterday that I should just move on and forget about it. Clearly that's not working. LOL What do you think about seeing this made up into something 18th century?
Speaking of which, my progress on the Chemise a la Reine has been slow. That's completely my fault for not getting started on it when should have. I can say that I've now got a white muslin petticoat that's done except for the hem (I may wait on that until I've decided whether or not to make a smaller bum pad) and I've confirmed from the diagram in The Cut of Women's Clothes that it is, in fact, a very slightly shaped tube of fabric with drawstrings and a sash pulling it in close to the body. My fabric is not quite wide enough to match the diagram if I only use two widths, but it's not far off either and I may just wing it. That's on my cutting table today. :) While digging through my silk stash in search of something to use for the sash, I came across the most adorable butterfly printed yellow silk. I'm thinking I may use it to line the underside of a new bergere hat if I have time. The reds in the print go nicely with the red I picked for my sash, but the whole thing may clash with the red white and blue of Bastille day ribbons and decor. If there even are any of those, that is. I'm kinda not caring about that right now because this print is so darn pretty, and as always I need to remind myself that not everything was or needs to be matchy-matchy.