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Now that I am not frantically scrambling to move, finish essays, and prepare for a conferece, I can take time to do things at home. This mostly involves cooking and cleaning, to help out the family and to prepare for my stuff to arrive. It's not fun, but it's good to feel accomplished and productive. Plus, I get to sleep in.

I'm also planning my next sewing projects. I have a couple of living history events at the end of May: Visit With the People of the Red River and Doors Open. The first is an educational day at one of the local museums, where kids from a school come and we do demonstrations. This needs c.1815 clothing because it's Selkirk Settlers/Manitoba history stuff. I was going to make a white petticoat to wear under my 1790s chemise dress that I was going to fake as being later by wearing it with my Regency stays. But I got the brilliant(?) idea that it wouldn't be much more work to make a petticoat and a shortgown/jacket out of some cotton print that I have and then I'd just straight-up have a period appropriate outfit for all my 1815 needs (which are many because that's the primary period we do). I am planning an ensemble based on a few period examples:
From the National Trust, can be seen in Nancy Bradfield's Costume in Detail.
From the Charleston Museum.

And there's a similar shortgown/jacket in [ profile] chocolatepot's Regency Women's Dress. I'm making a less frilly one because I don't have the patience for ruffles. Just a fitted back and loose front that will tie, with a collar. I have a whole Pinterest board for this project here. The petticoat will be really simple, just a shaped front, rectangular back, and straps. I think I can get this project done in a reasonable amount of time since I have a sort of basic Regency bodice pattern to start from.

The second event is at Dalnavert House Museum, where I was this past weekend for some of the conference. The house was built in 1895 so my new shirtwaist/skirt ensemble will have its first wearing! The ensemble really needs a hat (well, and a jacket, but I am being slightly ambitious, not crazy. I just hope it's fairly warm. I was chilly last year). I am thinking a plain sailor hat with a band of the same silk as the bow tie, kind of like this lady:

I also need to work on two baby quilts. I have the cotton fabric, but need the batting. I want to get the costuming done in the next couple of weeks and then maybe one quilt and then back to costuming (corset?) and then quilt again.

For non-sewing things, today I baked a cake. I'm calling it a diet cake. Now that I'm back home I am eating healthier (and less) and trying to get some exercise (so far, mostly vacuuming) and do stretching. I got a cake craving, though, so I made a "diet" version of a Victoria sponge cake. It's "diet" because it's about 2/3 of a regular cake recipe, which is 2 cakes put together to form the layers, and it doesn't have any whipped cream. Also, because it's at home, I only get to eat a quarter of the cake. ;p
It sunk a little bit in the middle, for some reason. Possibly problems when I reduced the recipe or maybe not quite baked enough, though it was definitely cooked. It's super easy to make and I love the taste. It's basically a pound cake recipe, usually done by weight, but I've converted it into volume measurements.
Scant 1 cup butter
Scant 1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 medium eggs (3 jumbo eggs, which is what we have at home, and why I couldn't just halve the recipe)
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat first three ingredients together. Beat in one egg at a time. Sift in remaining ingredients (I'm too lazy to do this, I just add them) and mix well. Bake in two 8-inch rounds about 20 min. @ 375 degrees F. Sandwich layers with jam and whipped cream.

Date: 2016-04-29 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love your plans! The shortgown in particularly is brilliant, and extra appropriate when you're doing a working impression.

Hmm... I have a straw hat in my stash that looks pretty much just like that. Modern braided straw, but the same brim height, flat straight-sided crown, narrow brim. I have no plans to use it, and I don't want to store it. Would you be interested, for the cost of shipping?

That cake looks yummy! I really don't need to get into making cakes now... also trying to lose weight... ;)

Date: 2016-04-29 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Ginger! A lot of our stuff is less fancy, so the shortgown seemed like a good idea. Plus, it seemed warmer than just a dress, which is key during these spring events.

Thank you so much for the generous offer of the hat, but I got some straw blanks at Christmas that I am planning to use so I can practice millinery.

Losing weight is hard! Best of luck to you!

Date: 2016-04-30 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the plans! I'm currently working on a full robe inspired by that first shortgown, though I'm being stupid and doing so many ruffles. I'm already regretting this decision. ;)

Date: 2016-04-30 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I bet the ruffles will look great! I want ruffles, but I think they will have to wait for another future Regency project when I have more time.


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