||[Jan. 5th, 2012|06:57 pm]
a single hungry grasshopper
I'm quite sure that I'll not get around to making every ensemble to which I aspire, but I'm starting out planning big. What actually happens happens. I really haven't made a full ensemble from scratch since the Edwardian ball last year (and technically I wore a blouse I already had as the under top piece, so that wasn't quite from scratch). I've made a few new things here and there, combined with old, and stuck in my fancy ball endeavors to the generic historically-inspired ahistorical formal dress (pretty much full ballgown skirts possibly with ruffles and overskirts, and corsets as outerwear). In a perfect world, here's my plans for the forseeable future:
*Formal ensemble that's not designed around being dancable. Possibly an Edwardian hobble-style skirt. Lots of beads and shinies. Probably to be outrageously classically gothic. Ideal completion date in 2.5 weeks. LET'S GO.
*Edwardian tea gown (leaning towards removable lace high-necked underlayer which can be worn for a tea gown and not worn to double as a ball gown)
*Robe de style with panniers evening gown(this will go into the inspired-by, since even though the robe de style outline is more shapely than the tubular chemise as far as 20s styles go, the dropwaist with lack of princess seams is still not flattering on an hourglass, and bias-cutting fabric for a seamless cling didn't really come in until the 30s)
*Authentic mid-Victorian-style cupcake gown, with day and evening bodices, cage crinoline
*Authentic late-victorian evening gown with swishy waterfall bustle
*Slightly silly fairy princess dress (already designed and mostly drafted) (ideal completion by halloween ball)
*Khaki tailcoat and khaki-coordinating waistcoat for "fairy hunter" ensemble (ideal completion by halloween ball)
*Tudor men's ensemble with longer bloomers, jacket, shirt, etc. (ideal completion by Midsummer Night's Dream ball)
*Tudor-inspired piecemeal ensemble with conical stays, high ruffle collar, tiny Henry VIII poofy pants. (ideal completion by Midsummer Night's Dream ball)
*New tightlacer undergarment corset that fits my current measurements. While ideal completion is ASAP, since I've finally reversed the extreme weightgain of the last 1.5 years (up 50 lbs, then down 10), I'm going to see if this continues just a bit more before going for this.
*Scattered non-formal, non-costume everyday wear. Like, some clothes I just want to wear. I'd love to actually make at least one garment per month, in happy puppy land.