Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Summer Ahead

Summer is almost here, as evidenced by the ugly 90s that have returned.  Actually, we hit them briefly back in February, and were very happy to have them gone until just this week.

Only 2 weeks of classes and finals and then it's time to get busy and use that extra time as completely as possible.  Be it garb or mundane, there's sewing waiting to happen!

Over the last few years, most of my sewing has been period garb, and an occasional tent.  I've also gotten very lucky with second-hand garb, so I have enough for even a really long event, 1-2 weeks, regardless of weather.  Of course, garb is for SCA use, so 5th century through 16th century.  Since I do teach a costume history class, I am also determined to have period pieces for the 17th-19th centuries.

And as a fashion design instructor, I should be wearing my own work.  It's time to get back on track with that.  I want to use the core/cluster wardrobe concept too.  I am figuring on stripping out the over-stuffed closet, building 2-3 clusters, and letting the rest go; then making pieces for my clusters, and replacing purchased pieces every time that new custom pieces enter the closet.

What do I want to sew?  Hehe!  The 20's are coming, the 20's are coming!  In the 20's, I want to dress in 20's.  Of course, with my extreme triangle shape, this will be quite challenging, but I've got period patterns to use, both original and reproduction, and I am going to make this work.  I'm too excited to do anything else!

I also want to add some 50's dresses to the wardrobe, though perhaps not so much with clusters in mind.  Those should be easier to fit, as long as I stick with full skirts.  

And as for this blog, well, with as little as I've done here in the last few years, it seems almost pointless.  However, I'd like to give it one more try, and get serious about project documentation to be posted here - yup, dress or project diaries.  If I don't do that, I'm not sure I have any reason to have a blog.

We'll have to see how all of this goes over this upcoming summer.  I'm ready.

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