It took me quite a while to finish up a half dozen petticoats. I left them alone for various reasons. Disinterest, job stuff, teaching sewing classes. So it got put off for quite a while after I managed to get all those things ruffled up. So now I have an Early Bustle, Late Bustle, and Natural Form pettis, plus a bustle petti from the wire bustle pattern sans boning and overlay, plus two quick and dirty "gather fabric to a waistband" pettis for general purpose and Renaissance skirts. After I was done, I decided to put them all on. The volume was almost like a small hoop skirt. And it was heavy, and it chafed my waist. I wasn't wearing a corset, which would have helped some, but something tells me that having over twenty yards of muslin hanging from your waist probably isn't going to be light as a feather.
Plans have changed again. I'll be making a Victorian dress, of course, but it's not what I planned. After breaking down the cost, I have concluded that the Sagittarius dress is just too expensive to make right now. Not just the dress but the archery equipment I have to make (since the real ones aren't allowed at conventions). So that will be put off. Pisces as well because I want something that I can wear for Rural Heritage Day. So I decided to use some stash fabric and start on my paisley polonaise dress, which I will now dub the Leo dress:
The gold is a tinch too dark and rich for it to work 100%, but it looks so good with it that I have to use it. The brown is pretty dull in the picture; it's a richer chocolate brown. Also doesn't quite work, but I'll use it for trim and the hat, so I'm not super concerned. It's okay if everything isn't matchy-matchy.
I haven't decided how to make the "mane" part yet or how I'm going to do the glyph, but they will be detachable since I want to wear this as a historical dress. And I'm not going full on costume with this, so I'm not going to be a 19th century member of Cats with claws and makeup and such. That's not really my thing. Think of it as fancy dress.
I still have plans to work on my first Renaissance dress (if I can get the stupid bodice to fit...) and I told myself I would try to do something practical...but of course I can't just do something normal. So I'm hopefully going to start a mockup of a tailored suit with Vogue 8333. That jacket in that color wool is my dream suit. Alas, I am not worthy of such wonderful fabric yet, so I shall stick to something less extravagant. I have this thing for suits. Especially on men. I don't care who the man is or whether or not you think he's attractive, put a man in a tailored suit, and he's at least 20% handsomer. Bonus points for three piece suits. Why don't men wear three piece suits all the time anymore?...