October 31, 2013
(a.k.a. my “Halloween Anniversary)
Celebrating 2 Years of Pragmatic Costuming!
Publicly tricking and cheating my way through historical accuracy since October 3, 2011!
Can you believe it?! It’s been just a tad over two years since I first started this blog on a whim back in 2011, and I never expected that it would turn my world so upside down! In that time, I have gained plenty of new skills, new friends, and of course, new costumes– not to mention getting married, moving, and so many other life-changing events. It’s been a very exciting rollercoaster. Thank you for letting me share it with you all (or y’all, as we say here in Texas)! Having a rich, diverse online costuming community to spur me on has driven me to improve and expand my horizons. Without your readership and comments, I would probably have thrown up my hands in desperation a time or two (also, thank Heaven for my long-suffering spouse and handy YouTube videos)!
I kind of consider Halloween to be my Costuming New Year when I look back on the past year to see just how much I’ve accomplished.
Here’s a list of 2013’s “Costuming Firsts.”
Joined Historical Sew Fortnightly: First time joining a sewing challenge (even if I kinda fell off the wagon near the end).
Merchant Gentleman’s Coat: First time 100% handsewing a historical garment from a commercial pattern.
Dyed and decorated A.D. Pompadours: First time dyeing a pair of shoes at home.
Commercial Colonial Project: First time altering a commercial pattern to fit the 18th century
Portrait Miniatures: My first time painting portrait miniatures, of course!
Wowza! Five Firsts for 2013! Hopefully there will be many more “Firsts” throughout the coming year. That would make a good All Hallow’s Eve resolution: have at least five more costuming Firsts by this time next year. Let’s see if I can stick to it– or better yet, surpass it!
Thank you for supporting me
and have a