The beginning of last year I was drooling over some fabric on FFC and a plaid wool cloak in the Met.
Well early in June I came across some plaid wool fabric being sold on ebay AU during a sewing studio clean up. And there was 5 metres, and under $10 pm. I bagsed it in a heartbeat because there's enough for a cloak, and it's lightweight which suits me in the Sydney climate. Most importantly the colours suit me ... muted green, mauve/grey and black. I've hugged it a couple of times since it arrived in the mail
See how lightweight it is:
In my pinterest page for regency era outerwear I've got 5-6 extant plaid/tartal cloaks including a fashion plate. They all seem to have a collar and capelet/s and no hood. Which is a bit sadmaking. There are definitely plain and print cloaks with hoods in this time, but I haven't found a plaid cloak with hood until mid 19th century.
The fashion plate is appealing, found on Robin's Plaid Regency page though in my fabric it'd be less vibrand and more muted like the cloak in the Killerton collection fo the National Trust UK (item number 1360836, c1820-30, lady's travelling cloak).
My lungs are on the mend - yayyy! Though I don't have a lot of energy I've got enough to get bored. So I've been tackling the chairdrobe of doom and found some interesting things. Hello Kitty & mermaid stickers, several hair nets in a bag that could be keeping wigs tidy, an unopened wig cap, an awl for corsetry and my chemisette pattern.
Next weekend I have a regency day over in Lithgow, so I'll catch the train late on Friday afternoon. And there's a Game of Thrones winter yulefest at a restaurant there on the Saturday night. So I need to comb my Catelyn wig and dig out the chemise. I have the dress to hand, and the fish brooch :D Also need to check my lobster bustle fits over my new corset - I'm hauling it out for the day.
The following weekend I have a 3 day sewing retreat. I wrote up a project packing list based on what I have already cut out. It looks like I have enough already. Though one isn't cut out yet, a pinstripe skirt in a Burda WOF pattern. (trying to figure out how to post pics in LJ using my new Windows 8 netbook). It's a very lightweight black wool and I'll cut the middle of the front panels with the stripes horizontal - did that with a navy skirt I made with the same pattern and it worked really well.
So my packing list of already cut out projects is:
1 black wool skirt - not pinstripe, in Vogue 7640
1 purple unlined kaftan coat
1 hello kitty nightie
4 rhubarb bike shorts (worn as underwear to stop my thighs chafing)
1 aqua/teal knit top
1 part sewn UFO blue shirt
1 3/4 sewn summer dress (the UFO Lilly Rose that I started last Aug/Sept)
What I want to cut and take as well as the the alist above is
1 pinstripe black wool dress
4 pale blue bike shorts
1 test run of the SBCC Tonic Tee pattern