I have finished an update for the pet en l’air, so do go check out how that’s coming along. I ought to have the first installments of the next garment, a quilted petticoat, up within a day or two.
As for changes, I think there may be several. The first and most important is that I have definitely decided to alter the scope of time and garments of the project slightly. I the time period is now changed to 1750-70 (from 1750-75). Here’s the reason why:
The intent of the time period in the first place is to show contiguous styles that may have been present in a woman’s wardrobe throughout it. Between observations at the Museum of London, elsewhere, and in several written sources, I realized (which maybe I should have beforehand), that styles began changing right around 1770 too much for anything later to be included. For example, no woman of c.1760 would have had a caraco, that appears to be an innovation of the late 1770s (if anyone has info contrary to this, I would LOVE to hear it I really wanted to make this ensemble!)
In light of this I have decided to remove the polonnaise dress and caraco jacket + matching petticoat ensemble from the list of stuff to make. However, this leaves me with 7yds of a historic print cotton that I otherwise don’t know what to do with, so I am hoping to make a more period appropriate jacket and petticoat ensemble from it (I really wanted cotton represented in this project). I will update you when I’ve found an appropriate design/pattern.
I will make changes to the project outline stuff (currently under the heading of Exhibition Proposal), which I was intending to try and break down into more palatable bites anyway.
I have also been debating where to include my personal impressions and questions that arise as a result of this experience. I wonder, should I make a separate section for these, or incorporate them into the journal pages for the garments themselves? What do you think?