It's been a while, hasn't it? Mostly because I've had little to report. I've been majorly slacking in the sewing department, and I've only just started to make some progress in the two outfits I want to finish by October. The Leo dress was delayed by fabric acquisition issues (which I hope are now resolved) and I fairly recently decided to make a riding habit (of sorts). The jodhpurs need buttons and a waistband, along with a bit of waistline adjusting. The jacket, which is from the pattern I drafted for my red and black dress, is still in the mockup stage, but hopefully I can sew that up this weekend. I just got the top hat pattern, so that will be cut out soon and I can start wiring it this week. That still leaves the gaiters, vest, shirt, and short skirt (well, short for Victorian). Oh, did I mention this would be in black and gold? I had bought some gold fabric a while back, and what they said online was twill was actually sateen and too shiny for what I had wanted to do with it. So since I'm already making a gold outfit with Leo, why not use more gold this year? Last year was red, this year is gold. I feel like I'm an extra in that one scene from The Wiz. I don't like green enough to have a year of green dresses.
For this being my Victorian dress this year, Leo doesn't have a definitive plan yet. Fabric constraints may prevent me from my original plan, which was to make a box pleat trim for the skirt. I have 15 yards of brown velvet ribbon that I don't know what to do with yet. Maybe I'll get more inspiration as time goes on.
Pisces is in the "I'm seriously going to make this dress so I need to finalize my jumbled cloud of ideas" stage. I'm going to a convention in April called Figments and Filaments. It's a costuming convention, so I want to make something dramatic and awesome. Except for Scorpio, Pisces fits the bill. Right now the only thing I have are sketches and some of the fabric on the way. It's a start.
More updates soon! Promise!