In an earlier entry, posted around the holidays of 2008, I had given a list of accomplishments to pursue for that long Winter Break that OU so graciously gives. I promised to post with my progress, and have yet to do so until now. Here goes…

1) make 2 chemises…. CHECK!
2) make 2 Pairs of drawers… FAILED (not even attempted)
3) Rig previously bought Skirt from ebay….CHECK! it looks rather nice now.
4) Learn to crochet…. CHECK! I have found a very enjoyable past time and I am now
attempting to make an “Imperial Symbol Scarf”… this is a Star Wars thing. and I’m uber excited to finish it!
5) make 2 under-petticoats….. semi-CHECK! the chemises I made are long enough to serve as under-petticoats…. go me!
the picture is what my living room looked like with a rather odd looking rig. It’s a lampshade, with a hoopskirt and petticoat on top of it… this made it easier to add and pin the ruffles.
his is the original skirt I bought from ebay… it’s very basic and boring and wasn’t long enough for my hoop. My solution to this problem: Add a ruffle to the bottom. this gave it the proper length for my hoop and made it look a little more accurate to days of the Civil War.

This is the *almost* finished skirt. ^^^^^^It has a draw string waist which I intend to remedy a wee bit. This skirt is to be used for presentations to 8th Graders at my old Middle School. I come in during the Spring and give a presentation on Women’s Life during the time of the Civil War. This skirt is going to be used for girls to try on so they can experience things a little better 🙂 I am going to keep the drawstring waist but I intend to disguise it by some strategic pleating and seams that will also make it usable for any reenactments my mother and I should go to. (The sash in the photo is not a real sash, but a piece of scrap black fabric. I just needed something to “complete the picture”.lol.)

Some time later I will add a more complete “Civil War Reenacting on a Tight Budget”. This will show the hoop, bustle pad and chemise(s) That I made work. TOODLES!