Yay, I finished something new for a short trip to Williamsburg next week! I haven’t had the time to really dedicate myself to a sewing project, so something smaller had to suffice.

I have been working on and off on this piece for quite a while (like over a year a while). It took me a bit to figure out how to make the pendant, and then to get the right materials for the rest of the necklace. But this morning I finished!
Necklace

Here is the necklace next to an inspiration painting, a portrait of Anne Fairchild Bowler by John Singleton Copley, c.1763. The pendant, with the cluster of three rhinestones and the center hanging rhinestone is sometimes called the “Queen Anne” style.
In the Long Run Designs

Necklace

Here is a beautiful sculpture from the Baltimore Museum of Art. It is by Philippe Laurent Roland and dated to the late 18th C. I love her hairstyle!

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Here is another family group from the Baltimore Museum of Art, from the studio of Allan Ramsay, c. 1765-1767. I had never seen this image of the royal family before. I love cute little George in his lacey dress, and Queen Charlotte in her beautiful pink saque gown.

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore

Last weekend Mike and I did a mini-vacation to Baltimore to see some museums we have had on our list for a while. We stayed two nights in a hotel downtown so we could really pack in the exhibits instead of driving back and forth from home. Our first stop was the Baltimore Museum of Art. They have a nice collection, especially for a regional museum, and the exhibit design is excellent.

I noticed a number of pieces on display by women artists. This is a portrait by Marguerite Gerard, dated to the 1810s. I love the details: the patterned floor, the man’s watch fob, the woman’s multi-strand coral bracelet, the carved chair. Although the woman’s pose is pretty formal, there is a sense of movement conveyed by the dog’s upturned head and the man’s in-progress step. Gerard was a student of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s.

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Here are some new items! https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun

Garnet-colored necklace, bracelet and earrings ($32)
In The Long Run Designs

Here is a totally new era for me: 17th century
Necklace and earrings inspired by “Portrait of a Lady” by Daniel Mytens the Elder (early 1600s) ($25)
Baroque Necklace

Sapphire blue paste earrings with pearl drops ($14)
In The Long Run Designs

Jonquil yellow paste earrings with pearl drops ($10)
In The Long Run Designs

Pearl and rhinestone stomacher brooch ($15)
In the Long Run Designs

Yesterday was Riversdale House Museum‘s annual Twelfth Night Ball. The evening includes dancing, a supper, and the ability to tour the beautiful house itself. What’s not to like?

A number of the rooms were decorated for the holidays.
Riversdale Ball

I was very pleased with the first wearing of my yellow ballgown.
Riversdale Ball

Stephanie‘s new wrap looks so cozy!
Riversdale Ball

Jess, looking smashing in her new orange gown. She’s got a necklace from my Etsy shop (In the Long Run Designs).
Riversdale Ball

Riversdale Ball

Riversdale Ball

Look at these lovely ladies!
Riversdale Ball

Mike checks on the game scores.
Riversdale Ball

I found that one of my pearl festoon necklaces (link to Etsy) worked well to accessorize.
Riversdale Ball

The museum had out a box and cards, so we could drop in postcards to be sent to friends. Here, Maggie and I are looking up an address.
Riversdale Ball

Carolyn in her lovely 1790s ensemble
Riversdale Ball

Glynnis made a new gown in a striking deep purple.
Riversdale Ball

Maggie, in her beautiful embroidered peacock dress. She’s also got a necklace from my Etsy shop (In the Long Run Designs).
Riversdale Ball

Riversdale Ball

Katherine in her wonderfully accessorized lavender ensemble
Riversdale Ball

Riversdale Ball

Riversdale Ball

And a Regency Wedgie Shot, for good measure!
Riversdale Ball

All of my photos are here.

Just a quick shop update! I listed a new festoon necklace, inspired in part by an early 1800s portrait by Jean Fran├žois Sablet. Isn’t this such a unique, interesting historical style?

Sablet Comparison

The necklace is available here.

First finished object of 2016! I plan to wear this next Saturday at Riversdale House Museum‘s Twelfth Night Ball.

Yellow Ballgown

Here is the inspiration gown. This was sold by the Cora Ginsburg Gallery back in 2004. The best version of this image (where you can more clearly see the trim on the bodice) can be found here.
Yellow and Brown Ballgown

I used some yellow cotton lawn from Mood Fabrics. We had a mix up on the order, where they originally sent me some heavier orange fabric by accident. However, they exchanged that for the correct fabric, which put me back on track. The dress is lined in a cotton/linen blend.

Bodice pattern pieces laid out for cutting
Yellow and Brown Ballgown

Patterning the sleeve. I made the final version with cotton lawn lined in a lightweight cotton/linen for the outside layer, over a layer of brown silk satin for the inside.
Yellow Ballgown

Finished sleeve pattern
Yellow Ballgown

Bodice sewn together, before sleeves
Yellow Ballgown

Sewing the ribbon trim around the hem. I used brown silk ribbon from M&J Trimming.
Yellow Ballgown

With the sleeves sewn in and the skirt assembled but not attached yet
Yellow Ballgown

Finished! The skirt is sheer and unlined, so I will wear a long petticoat under it.
Yellow Ballgown

Yellow Ballgown

I have some wider brown ribbon that I’ll wear pinned around the waist.
Yellow Ballgown

We had a lovely time at Tea on the Tiber for the annual holiday tea yesterday. Thank you to Isabella for organizing!

Check out this tier. Those scones and that cake was not messing around!
Holiday Tea

Folks wore everything from 1840s to 1920s. A nice mix!
Holiday Tea

I love Maggie‘s hat.
Holiday Tea

My big pot of earl grey tea
Holiday Tea

Holiday Tea

Amanda had the most perfectly holiday-esque 1860s dress.
Holiday Tea

This photo is from Kat. I just re-wore my blue 1840s. Mike wore his morning tail coat.
Holiday Tea by Kat

The whole group!
Holiday Tea

All of my photos are here.

2015 was productive, but was interrupted by us buying a house. I love the house, but moving certainly put a cramp on sewing for a few months. Hence the end of my list didn’t come to pass. Now that I have my sewing space fully set up, hopefully I will get more done in 2016!

2015 Costumes

2015 goals
-Linen checked 1790s waistcoat for Mike (just needs buttons sewn on)–Yup!
-Make some new regency hairpieces and/or wigs–I fixed one, but didn’t make more.
-Finish 1890s skirt (needs closures)–Yup!
-Sheer net regency overdress–Yup!
-Yellow silk anglaise (bodice is already cut out)–Yup!
-Patrice Bergeron Pegasus costume for Mike (to go with Rask Pony)–Yup!
-Finish 1780s frock coat for Mike–Yup! This was on my list since at least 2012.
-Take in green francaise and make new stomacher–I took it in, but didn’t make a new stomacher.
-New regency ballgown–Started, but didn’t finish.
-Grey silk 1790s waistcoat for Mike–Nope.
-New regency day dress–Nope.

-1890s skirt
1890s Skirt

-Linen checked 1790s waistcoat (plus I pad stitched new interfacing in the frock coat collar)
Riversdale 12th Night

-Sheer net regency overdress
Birthnight Ball

-Yellow silk anglaise
Williamsburg 2015

-Patrice Bergeron Pegasus costume (I also made the legwarmers for Beth’s Henrik Lundqvist Pegasus costume)
PAX East

-1770s wig
1770s Wig

-Re-fitted francaise
Francaise Dinner

-1780s frock coat
Francaise Dinner

-A League of Their Own costume
Awesome Con

And then we moved, so I switched to house projects.

-Ikea hack ironing table
Ironing Table

-Ikea hack curtains and pillows
IKEA Hack

-Chair cover
IKEA Hack

Meanwhile, I took on some projects/commissions for my Etsy business, In the Long Run Designs. (I also made a bunch of jewelry and other knits, not pictured.)

-Fan based on a 1790s one at Colonial Williamsburg (Acc. No. 1975.310.1, owned by Deborah Richmond)
Bath Gift Fan

-Fan with an early 1800s woodcut design
Musical Instrument Fan

-Fans for Silence in the Library‘s Pride and Prejudice Illustrated project
Pride and Prejudice Fans

-Olive green 18th C mitts
Olive Green Mitts

-Teal silk/wool 18th C mitts (for sale here)
Teal Mitts

And I started embroidering again. (Besides these two, I also made another showing two horses and a fox hound, not pictured.)

-Sleeping foxes wall hanging
Sleeping Foxes

-Fox wall hanging
Fox

Plus, for Halloween…

-Rainbow Dash
Jumper Show

2016 goals
-Finish yellow regency ballgown (I did a lot on New Year’s Day, just needs some interior seam finishing)
-Finish ruby Queen Anne-style necklace
-Finish Kiss the Girl Ariel costume (the wig and hair bow need work)
-Make a new dress for the Francaise Dinner (I have some purple silk laid aside)
-Hipster Dude Kamala Kahn Ms. Marvel costume for Mike
-Finish Ed Benes-era Black Canary costume
-Grey silk 1790s waistcoat for Mike
-New regency day dress
-Jim Balent-era Catwoman costume
-Arrow TV show leather jacket

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