I mailed eighteen pages worth of contract and a deposit check.

Y’all can’t back out now!


There. I feel better now.

I can’t believe they got 26 yards of fabric in a flat-rate Priority box. That is skill.

The mock-up is FINISHED! The whole thing went suspiciously smoothly; Absolutely nothing went wrong, and the sleeves, the only part I really had to draft, came out just as I wanted on the first try. It even took exactly as much fabric as I estimated.

I am either incredibly lucky, or incredibly good. As I know well that I have undeniably bad luck, I can only surmise that I am awesome.

Here are the sleeves, which make me feel fabulous.

A better photo of the back. You can see here there’s a lot of fabric puddling on the ground – There will be a small train in the back, and I haven’t cut that piece to the proper length yet.

Now I get to order my silk, and take next weekend off!

inside and pleats

OK, not particularly, but I’ve been doing a lot of it.

bottom layer

Things have been coming along really well. Here you can see the first layer of the dress. I made it in the 18th century technique, which is so easy and makes you feel all accomplished afterwards. Nigel likes it, too.


Here’s a horrible photo of the next two layers. It came out just as I’d hoped on the first try. Thus far, it’s actually been a really easy project, there’s just SO MUCH FABRIC, so it’s unwieldy.

This weekend, I’ll draft the sleeves, and the toile will be done!

As I said, I finished my crin today, so I thought I’d post some photos.

full crinoline photo

I know, it’s so gauche of me to post myself in my undergarments. You might even catch a glimpse of ankle later!

hoops photo

Here are the short hoops that form the base. As I said before, I was concerned about squeezing into the coach, should we get it, so this was my idea to circumvent a full hoop skirt. An added benefit is, I can easily grab the bottom of the hoops and hitch my skirt up a bit to keep it clean outdoors.

crin layers

Here you can see the various layers – periwinkle organza with polka dots, about 40 yards of light pink netting, and lilac taffeta.

All in all, I’m pleased with how it turned out, and I think it’ll do the job nicely. That being said, if I had to do it over again, I’d probably just buy a crinoline! It was a simple project, but took up a lot more time than I anticipated.

Oh, and the hoops are poly tubing, and my corset is boned with duct ties. So I totally did some of my dress shopping at Home Depot.


I LOVE looking at inspiration boards, and I thought I’d give it a try.

A little decadent, but still natural, still fun. Fantasy and fairytale, without saying HAY GUYZ WE’RE AT DISNEY LOLZ

In other news, we were hit with “the blizzard” this weekend, and while I’d normally be thrilled to see that much snow, I was a little miffed to be snowed in on my birthday. But on the upside, I finally finished my crinoline. FOUNDATIONS ARE DONE. I’ll finally start on my dress next weekend!