Wow! Over 1 Million Visitors!

Well this milestone snuck right past me: The Pragmatic Costumer blog reached 1 million visitors recently!

Thank you, everyone! Wow! I am so honored and humbled that this many people have ventured into my weird little corner of the interwebs.

 

2019 Costuming Year in Review

A quick compilation of all the costuming projects I have worked on this year

“Ever After” Renaissance Fair Dress

One of my favorite dresses I’ve made so far! You can check out the details by clicking here and visiting the full blog post about it.

The Procrastinator’s Purse/Reticule

I designed a quick, easy purse pattern so I could have some purses to match my dresses. I even made a free pattern for it!

1878 Mourning Dress

I finally have a historical “little black dress!” You can read the blog post about it by clicking here.

Christmas Bustle Accessories

I don’t have a blog post for this dress yet, but I sewed a new collar, cuffs, and bustle to transform my 1878 mourning dress into a festive Christmas outfit for the Waxahachie Christmas House Tour.
You can see a few event photos from the Tour on Flickr.
I hope to have a pattern for the bustle written up soon, since it was a very quick, simple, off-the-cuff design that worked surprisingly well. The hat is a cheap trilby transformed by trim– one of my favorite shortcuts for making bustle-era hats!

And that’s all I’ve sewn this year! It’s not a heck-ton, but not too shabby! I’m hoping to stash bust a bit more this coming year as I have quite a few fabrics hoarded away that I want to finally do something with. There’s a full list of upcoming events I need new clothes for:

January: Renoir Museum Exhibit Visit
The Plan: Make another set of accessories (collar/cuffs/overskirt) for the black dress to refine the pattern.

February: Napoleon and Josephine Tea
The Plan: I have my ketchup-and-mustard Regency dress from a few years ago that still fits, but I should probably make something more refined for a tea based on royalty, lol! Maybe I can fudge it a bit and squeeze in my 1820 dress ideas here, or perhaps this is the universe telling me to get my rear in gear and use some of that cotton voile I’ve been hoarding…or maybe it’s both…

March: First Annual Romantic Picnic
The Plan:  already have my 24-hour orange plaid dress from last year, but I have at least 3 cute cotton prints I have earmarked for 1830s, so maybe I should dust them off and make ’em work! My family is visiting long-distance just to attend, too, and we’ve been working on gathering accessories and making outfits for everyone, too.

…and that’s as far  as I’ve planned for now. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself or I get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. Anyone else do that?

Plus, it’s the start of a new decade, so I foresee at least one funky 1820s and one elegant 1920s dress on the docket.

Fashion Plate, 1823
The 1820s are when the Romantic Era’s BIG SLEEVE obsession started. The 1830s get all the credit, but if you want wild sleeves and equally wild hem decor, the 1820s are for you!

August 1922 Fashions
Artsy and classy!

I think instead of doing the slim, tailored 1920s dresses everyone always thinks of, I’m going to try something earlier in the decade, perhaps an evening dress. Dresses from 1920-1922 were still fairly long-hemmed and not so drop-waisted, so I think they’ll be much more forgiving on my fuller figure. Plus, I like 1920s sportswear–like a simple sweater and pleated skirt with a cute monogrammed pocket! That I might be able to thrift shop for.

Oh, I also hope to see some of you folks at future DFW Costumers Guild events!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!