bethzylla: (FFD2012)
I'm going to have to skip the Titanic exhibit.  None of my project ideas got any farther than the idea stage.  I haven't even checked my stash for potentially usable fabrics, much less come up with patterns or a 'real' gameplan for sewing anything.  That's due in part to the state of my sewing room. 

I've been dreading getting in there to start the cleanup it desperately needs.  Things are disorganized enough that it's no longer a good creative space for me.  I've still got the remains of my last couple projects to deal with (fabric scraps, putting away patterns and tools, etc.) and it wouldn't really take long to get that sorted out, but really I think it's my fabric stash that's the real issue.  I've been amassing it for about a decade, and during that time my fabric needs have changed.  I'm left with a lot of perfectly usable fabric that I personally have no plans of using anytime soon, if ever.  Lots of Wal-Mart $1/yard stuff that may or may not have an accurate fiber content but was a great deal at the time.  I've held onto it because that voice in my head tells me you never know when you might need it...and that voice has been right often enough that it's hard to ignore.  Holding onto it has resulted in a shortage of space, and now recent my 'good' fabric finds don't have a place on the shelves.  Instead, they're taking up my workspace and causing a lot of visual clutter that's hard to ignore.

I have no doubt that I've sorted out the 'Don't Keep' stuff, I can rehome it with no problem.  Craigslist is great for that.  It's taking that first step that's the problem.  I don't know what it is about this time of year, but it's really hard for me to get motivated to do much beyond the day-to-day necessities.  Things tend to pick up in February/March and I have tons of energy and patience for all sorts of tedious projects...but December/January?  No way.

Beyond that hurdle though, money's a little tight right now what with paying rent here, the mortgage in Indiana, and utilities for both places.  Ben and I have to carefully choose where we spend our 'fun' money, and I think I'd rather save what we do have for something we can both enjoy.  Sadly, he doesn't share my passion for costumes and costumed events.  ;)

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing everyone's pics of the event!  I've really enjoyed seeing the in-progress outfit posts, and seeing everyone together at the event will be even better.  Hopefully there will be some great backdrops too!
bethzylla: (FFD2012)
So I did a little poking around on Pinterest last night hoping to get some inspiration for a Titanic era outfit.  Since there's only a month left before our guild outing, it seems logical that I should get my rear in gear and come up with a plan.  Since I having absolutely nothing from this era, it could be fairly time consuming to put together a good complete outfit.  I'll need everything from the skin out, including accessories.  That doesn't usually faze me, but...

I can't find a single pic, pattern, or idea that inspires me.

Many Pinterest boards are a combination of earlier Edwardian and teens era stuff, and I'm drawn to the earlier stuff so much more!  The shape of the skirts and the exaggerated small waists are really appealing, but that totally changes in the teens.  I like the teens style on other people and when I see it on TV, but I'm having trouble picturing it working on me.  Maybe I need to go back and rewatch some early Downton Abbey, Upstairs/Downstairs, or Titanic and see if something jumps out at me.

I actually considered making a traditional maid's outfit - black dress, white cap, cuffs and collar, and a very large apron.  That option is still on the table but it feels like a Plan D sort of thing.  At least I've got black boots already, so it'd be one less accessory to figure out.

I know I have Simplicity 2581, their version of a Model T duster, in my pattern stash.  I'll admit this era is not my area of expertise, but I have a feeling that pattern is nowhere near historically accurate.  I think it could work in a pinch though.

I'll have to go through my stash and books more thoroughly and see what kind of pattern baseline I can pull together.  My sewing area is still a mess from the Georgian Picnic - I haven't set foot in there since before I left for Indiana!  LOL  Maybe that's a good indoor project for today since it's pretty chilly outside.

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