I still haven't checked into what's wrong with my sewing machine.  I hoped that I could figure out whether or not it needed repairs so that I could drop it off before leaving for Colorado, but here we are and I haven't even really thought about it.

We've been kinda busy thus why I haven't looked at the machine or done any sewing....getting ready for our trip, problems with our aquarium that needed to be addressed before we left, before that-Brad's birthday, two Vikings games (one at the Metrodome, and one on TV), Avatar 3-D, and trying to work out regularly--on top of work and school, too!

Whew!  Things won't be winding down for a few weeks either, but I am hoping to get some sewing done when we get back from Colorado.  I'm hoping to bring some small handsewing along, maybe I'll start working on the trim for the Victorian. 

I have received confirmation that my registration for Costume College made it in, but I'm not sure if I'll be attending yet.  I'd love to go again but need to feel things out a little first. 

Eitherway, there is plenty to do on my WANT list, but before I can start moving forward, I gotta make that blue Victorian wearable so I can put in the closet and mark it off my list!

First I think the simplest part to finish will be the skirt ruffle, the ruffle is mostly made, but since my machine is Kaput! I think I'll finish it by hand, though attaching it by hand doesn't sound like a good idea.  To be done with the skirt I need to add the waistband, which I can do when I get my machine working.  Until then, I can sew in sleeves and attach trim.  Since I've been working out, I'm waffling on whether or not to finish the closure.  By the time I get to that point, I suppose I should try it on again and see if any there has been any change in the fit, then decide.

The 2nd Victorian on my list for this year is in the works...I thought I had a pretty clear idea of what i wanted but haven't decided on a bodice pattern/style yet.  And, I need to located the copy of the Diderot stays I have and start mocking that up, too!

Sounds like a busy start to February, but I've put the Victorian aside for long enough and I'm itching to work on it again!
put away Christmas decor in totes
Organize Halloween & left over wedding decor in totes
put totes in attic

Organize craft space
 -organize large drawers
 -organize pattern collection
 -organize scrapbooking supplies
 -organize cubbies
Organize costume storage
Organize sock drawer
Organize bathroom cabinet
Make donations to ARC or Goodwill

Paint blue samples in kitchen
decide on sample colors for bathroom, paint

Sewing: (to be done by March)
tinker with machine, take in for repairs if needed
finish sewing master bedroom draperies, hem
Attach ruffle to 1873 skirt
Finish Victorian bodice
Finish binding Victorian corset

cut fabric for: the following:
double petticoat for Grand Bustle
white underskirt for 1873 Day dress ruffle
sheer fabric for overskirt
trace skirt pattern, return to Sarah

Handsewing: (to do if machines needs repairs)
Add closure to Grand Bustle
Add closure to 1873 petticoat & skirts
make trim for 1873 Victorian
finish trimming Work Dress skirt
trim Venetian sleeves

Costume Want To Do 2010 list:
Victorian Evening Gown (nearly completed)
Victorian Day Dress
18th C. Stays for Pirate Garb ( start mocking up ASAP)
Pirate coat for me :D (for August 2010)
Brad's new Renaissance Clothing (for 2010 MNRF)
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of my dress in progress yet, I'll try to get those on here tomorrow.

I do have some pictures of ideas for trim, however...which are quite inspirational. 
I found most of these images from Daniel Deronda on www.costumersguide.com and they are really just what I had wanted for this dress, though I was having trouble envisioning them.

Firstly, this lovely tangerine polonaise is similiar to mine, so it caught my eye.  I especially like the cut of the sleeve, and the ruffled self-trim there.  I'm not sure I could cut my sleeve to mimic this, but if not I'll keep this in mind for future outfits.
We can't seem the detail of the trim around the neckline in this picture, but thankfully I found another image of this dress used in another movie on www.recycledmoviecostumes.com
I also found detail shots of Gwendolyn's Wedding gown from Daniel Deronda, and am leaning towards a trim similiar to this around my neckline.  My neckline is a little more revealing that I like, so I'm hoping this trim will add character and modesty...dual duty!
Brad and I planned our June 20th wedding in 6 months...besides that I finished a class I was taking in the winter term.  The only sewing I did was my beaded bolero for my wedding dress.  I did not bead the lace, but found it on eBay.  I only bought 1 yard of the very expensive lace, so it was nerve wracking...but I got it done and liked the way it turned out.

After the wedding, I worked on tweaking a dress for me to wear to the 2009 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  I decided the Pink Venetian needed the least amount of work, so added some trim to it. 
 Then I got busy on making a wearable mock-up doublet & breeches for Brad .

After Renaissance Festival was over we prepared for the Northstar VSA's Masquerade Ball.  I made a half-circle cloak for Brad to wear with his Renaissance oufit. 

I needed to tweak some aspects of my Work Dress which I made in 2008 to wear to this ball.  I made an underbodice for it, repleated and reattached the skirt.
Then, right at the end of the year I worked on some new Victorian underwear.  I made a bustle and a new corset.
The question:  Can I make a Victorian ensemble in 4 evenings if I try really, really hard?

The answer: NO!

On a side note, the Sekrit Victorian ended up taking a different route design & color combination wise, so it's not longer sekrit, I just have no pictures to share just yet.  And it's  painful to admit that I didn't get to debut it because of all the work that went into getting the dress but because of the stress and the exhaustion caused by trying to get this done with the small amount of time I had to complete it, it wasn't hard to let it go and instead of attending the ball get a few hours of sleep.  Brad and I actually did go but just  to help with clean up. Boo!

My machine started giving me problems 3 hours before the event started, so I may have been able to get mostly completed but I doubt there would have been time to finish the CF closure. 

Oh well.  The good news?  I have a mostly completed dress for our next Victorian event. 

What I have left:
set in sleeves
Center Front Closure
Add ruffle to skirt hem
add waistband

Also, I'd like to get a hat made for this dress. 

I'm not sure when our next Northstar VSA outing is but I believe there is a Spring Dance in the works for April or May, so this dress will be ready for that though I'm not sure it would be appropriate. 

I had two Victorian dresses in mind for this year, so it's possible I could get the 2nd one made for this event.  I cut out some fabric I didn't end up using for the above 1870's skirt that I can use for the underlayer of the skirt on the 2nd dress, and have a sheer fabric in mind that would be the overlayer and possibly the bodice.

Sadly, my machine is kaput...I'm going to tinker with it and see if I can figure out what the problem is before I bring it in.  I called the sewing machine repair shop and they said it would be approximately 2 weeks!  Thank goodness I've got lots of handsewing that needs to get done!  I could also break out my old Brother and use that for a while.