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!
 
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.
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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
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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!