I know! I bet you folks thought I had forgotten about Eleonora, as the heavy bolt of silvery white velvet in my sewing room collects a fine layer of dust on it…
Well, I admit that the last few months have been distinctly non-sewing in nature. The stuff from Teslacon and Fezziwig’s are still thrown around, and the entire place is in a distinct state of disarray. My motivation to do sewing has been sorely lacking. And I have never had a burnt-out period that lasted quite this long.
However, several weeks ago I started planning some changes. I threw out my back and wasn’t able to do much other than think and read, so I started thinking about what it was I wanted to do in regards to sewing. And I decided I wanted to reduce my output and increase my quality. I want to focus on the costuming and sewing that I enjoy. And less on the stuff I don’t.
I love Victorian costuming. I love Italian Renaissance. I love 18th century. I love German Renaissance. I would like to make something 17th century, and also something Regency. I am intrigued by folk costume for some reason.
I am pretty much over Elizabethan costuming. I am burnt out. I am over Tudor. I am unwilling to drive long distances to attend Renaissance Festivals in 85’F heat.
I really want to complete the Eleonora gown. I saw the frame that Cathy Hay put together with her father for her Peacock dress that she is painstakingly stitching and instantly knew it would work for Eleonora. She was kind enough to give me a lot of details about the frame and after a trip to Home Depot I have a pile of supplies waiting for me in the garage. I have also decided to paint the frame pink. Because why not?
Artemisia of Dress Diary sent me a layout for the design and it looks like it will work. I need to print it out, trace it, iron it onto the fabric, and then get the fabric into the frame and get started. It will take a bit of work, but I am actually excited about it again, which is a plus. I have decided that my deadline for completion is being moved to May 2013, for Costume Con 31 in Colorado. December of this year is not going to be enough time, and I want to do this RIGHT.
However, in order to make more space in my sewing room I am going to be getting rid of many items that are taking up space. I have accessories, patterns, books, some costumes and lots of fabric. I will be listing the items on Etsy in the next week and will link to them here. If someone likes something but would rather pay less- e-mail me. I want this stuff GONE.
I am cautiously optimistic about all of this and look forward to finally sharing updates on Eleonora over the coming months.