I am invited to a Victorian Ladies' Tea at the Northstar VSA President's house on Sunday  with my dear friend Debbie.  We will be getting dressed at Debbie's then heading over to Sarah's for tea and cookies! 

Because it has gotten cold and because I've already planted the seed in my head, AND because I have been wanting my own little cloak for years, just never gotten around to it, my aim for this week (besides trying to get a little reorganized after the sewing marathon) is to get a capelet made for myself.

I bought a beautiful cream colored wool in 2006 thinking I'd use it for a project that didn't work out, so it's just sitting in my stash and I didn't have any idea what to use it for until the last couple of weeks.  I don't have much, just enough for a short cape or cloak, and really I'm guessing its enough for one at this point.  I also have a beautiful red silk velvet in the same situation, not much to use but as much as I have of the wool.  So though they don't know it yet and though these two have never met my plan is to pair the together for eternity.  Well that is unless I decide I want to take the capelet apart to make something else but that's not likely to happen since this is destined to be one of the most beautiful things I own (if I can actually get around to making it). 

Firstly, I started to check out some Victorian fashion plates to see if women wore capelets with hoods (does this make it a cloak?) because I'd like to have a hood if there is enough fabric for it.  I did find some examples.  Also, I would like this to be something that I can use for both Renaissance Festival and my Victorian events, so I can't make it too Victorian looking though I can use Renaissance-esque trims, etc. because the Victorians did have a fondness for the Renaissance aesthetic.  I plan on using a clasp that I found at the thrift shop last week that has an arts and crafts feel to it.  It's very pretty, I'll try to get a picture soon. 

Also on the agenda, but less likely to happen, is a hat!  I have a hat for this outfit and maybe I'm wrong, but because it's straw I think of it as a summer hat...I haven't had any success with making it stay put on my head though so that makes it a useless hat, so far.  Anyway, I'm going to try to get something that works for Sunday...but we'll have to wait and see what happens

And, one good cloak leads to another...I owe my friend Jeromy a cloak and I don't think it will take too long to make so I'm hoping to get that done soon.  Also, I bought fabric to make Brad a cloak last year.  A brown on brown chevron patterned wool...I'm thinking I may pair this with a brown velvet I've had in my stash for years, but I might have another option though I can't remember what it is at the moment.  This will be a Victorian cloak..though I'm not sure if there's much difference...this is just a more Victorian fabric, in my opinion, which
 


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