( Skiing trip drama... )
MY Friday was all about SEWING! My neighbor (D) and her daughter (R) (and one of their friends) came over to work on garb. D came to Duello and bought a dress (on payments, so she doesn't actually have it yet), in Italian Ren style. She needed a chemise to go with it, and I also wanted to make a dress in a matching style for R, who is an adorable little slip of a thing. So R picked out some fabric from my stash of leftovers, and I made her an equally adorable emerald green gown (velvet bodice, taffeta skirt) and royal blue underdress. She looks absolutely fabu, if I do say so myself. I still need to put some trim on the neckline, the eyelets to tie on the two part sleeves, and some hooks to close various parts, but it will be done for this Saturday, when they are hoping to come to the Bergental/BBM Yule event (if we can work out the money; she's on a very limited budget). So R now has the clothes to go with her nickname of "princess". ;)
Speaking of Yule, I will have spiffy new Russian BLING garb. The green and white Quintavia coat has turned into a Yule coat, with the addition of some cranberry red fabric, about 10 yards of gold braid, and lots of (real) pearls. Here's the front in progress:
I actually finished the rest of it last night, except for the buttons (which are gold and fake pearl, and are perfect). It's got a gold satin lining, and more of the cranberry and gold trim around the sleeves and the bottom. I would like to put some more pearls on the collar, but that might not happen until later. I cut out the yellow linen for the tunic that will go under it, as well as the fabric for the matching green, white, and cranberry hat (because this is Russian, after all, and we're all about the HATS!). I still have some more of the pearls, and of the gold cabochons, but no more of the settings for them, and couldn't find more at JoAnns. If I can get more of those, I am hoping to put some on the hat or the sleeves. This is going to be another "embellishment in progress" outfit, that I will continue to work on for a while, but can wear in the meantime. I would also like to embroider the linen undertunic eventually. More BLING!
So yes, I am going to look like a big Russian Christmas ornament. Hey, the Bergentallers asked for people to wear green and white/silver, so I'm just trying to oblige... <evil grin> And to think, this all started because I had these 1 yard pieces of matching green and white fabric hanging around, not enough to do anything individually, but together... and the rest is history.