Wednesday, 1 December 2010

What's this "Farmgirl" stuff?

I did not manage to participate in Atlanta's Historical Costume Inspiration Festival, so I'll participate in Margery's Yuletide Farmgirl Festival. This one does not require having anything finished by a date. Just a blog post or more of them. That is much more manageable.

I've actually always lived in a town. So technically and practically I'm not a farmgirl; but deep down inside, in my roots, there is a bit of one. As T.G. Masaryk said in 1920s or 1930s, all Czech people have farmer blood. I'm a bit more removed in time from it, but it still is there. I'm still a bit of a Wallachian sheep herder - I have more tolerance for milk than is usual in adults; I actually need it - or Western-Bohemian fruit-grower. I'd definitely be hapless on a farm at first (I'm awfully impractical), but I'd get into it. I think.

It would be nice if I could finish the unfinished workdress by the time of the festival, but I doubt I'd manage that. It would be nice, because it's a workdress, even rural in inspiration, and it has wintry colours. But to be finished, it still requires several steps, including a high amount of handsewn eyelets. So no, I don't think I'll manage it. But I hope I'll manage it till Christmas. We'll see.

I bought a wide tape for underlining the openings that will be laced. (I hope this makes sense...) That thread/thin yarn is meant for sewing it there, because I cannot get proper thread in the light blue colour. Not cotton thread, at least, and polyester is not allowed anywhere near this dress! I know cotton is not very period either, but at least it's natural fibre - and because I'm working with a cotton fabric in the first place, the whole thing will be cotton. Except for the eyelets. I already have buttonhole silk in the perfect colour! I bought it some time ago on sale, just because I knew it was my kind of colour - even before I got the fabric. Stashing has its advantages.

I bought six meters of that tape, far more than I need for the dress. Because it's my kind of colour and I might need it again.


  1. I love the colour - I can't wait to see more of the dress!

    I won't be doing the Farmgirl festival. I'll just get depressed that it is trying to pretend it is summer here in the Southern Hemisphere.

  2. Oh, this sounds like so much fun!! I hope it goes splendidly. And thanks for letting us know about the link on our band blog. I went over a fixed it. :)

  3. You're welcome! I was at first disappointed that the blog seemed not to be in existance, and then noticed the period... I love your music!

  4. Thanks so much for joining in the festival! I love the way you wrote about the latent farmgirl in you=)
    I'm looking forward to seeing your completed workdress - it looks so lovely!

  5. "Latent farmgirl" - now that's a very good way to put it! :D