I felt like a needed a few days off this week. I have a lot of things that need doing, and which one to do next was confusing me, and they were all complicated and required much brain. So I did something different. And pretty brainless, because nothing is more brainless than plain sewing.

Honestly, I only meant to take one day for this, and then leave it unfinished to work on later, but I enjoyed it so much I took two and a half days and finished it(And I found a box set on netflix, which combination kind of sealed my couch zombie status tbh). Partly because it was such nice silk to sew, heavy (the finished dress weights two and a half pounds, which is a lot ofr a silk frock) and well behaved, not nearly as flighty as most silks.

It would have taken less time if Gareth had been at home. You see, Branston doesn’t do lap when Gareth is in the house, he sits next to me lest gareth think he is some kind of wussy mummy’s boy – which he is, and which everyone knows he is, but which Branston viamently denies.

But because Gareth was out, branston was all “ooooh! are you sewing that expensive silk you’ve been hiding? I see it has lions on it – I , also, am I lion – I will lend you my expertise and invasive grey fluff”


But it’s finished now, and luckily fluff doesn’t stick to silk the way it does to wool

Sorry about Trubble’s arse. Unfortunately he thinks “buggeroff” is his middle name – he tells me it’s a legacy from a long lost Russian branch of the family, a noble line who lost everything in the revolution.

Mostly I want this for Evesham in August, because I explained my dillemma with my other silk dresses either matching the king’s dress or the curtains, and it feels extraordinarily wierd not to be finishing it the night before I need to wear it.

Although it isn’t strictly finished, as such. I want something around the neck and cuffs but I haven’t decided what yet. Gold, pearl and jewelled embroidery was my first thought, but now I’m wondering if it would look nice if I took a piece of the leftover fabric and cut one of the circle motifs out to use as a neckline – obviously with some gold and pearls.

Can’t decide. But I have a couple of months to stew over it, so no doubt whatever I eventually decide to do will be done the night before the event, so that balance can be restored to the costuming universe.

~ by opusanglicanum on May 17, 2019.

7 Responses to “frock”

  1. Your post made me laugh! So funny… and cute aristocrats 😉 purrrr

  2. I think I love your comments more than I love the things you make – and I love the things you make. Your fluffy lion and Buggeroff are adorable and you can tell them I said so.

  3. I was going to suggest adding the trim at the last moment, but then you got there all by yourself..

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