|Cutting the muslin interlining|
The twill had to be cut one part at a time to facilitate matching the stripes. This was done with my trusty clear grid ruler, as the match has to happen at the seamline, where the edges of the fabric actually touch, rather than at the edge of each piece. Since I used 5'8" seam allowances, this took a bit of doing. I hope I got it right, but it won't be a dealbreaker if I didn't. It was also really hard to see the marked lines on the fabric, but it wasn't a major issue. Even so - matching the stripes and handling a lot of stripy fabric was making my brain twitch, so I didn't get through all the pieces. I still have the side backs, center backs, and four gores to cut, as well as a few incidental pieces for which there are no patterns.
|Marking the striped twill (wrong side)|
I am going to need more caramel thread. I bought two small spools and one of them is almost gone, just from the samples I've made. Friday after work I'll head into Pacific Fabrics and pick up more, as I like the color and weight of the Sulky thread I purchased there before, and I want to go ahead and start with the thread I do have . I am also going to need more grommets. I checked my supply and discovered that there are only ten left in my kit, and I will need far more than five lacing holes on each side!
The project is sucking up money. This is not a shock, because I don't really ever do a half-assed job on anything. I'd rather put off a project than produce sloppy or cheap work. I've spent about $140 on raw materials and patterns if I look at the items I have or will be using for this costume; that's relatively little for raw materials. So far the most expensive single thing has been the denim. I'm not done, either; I will need lace, more thread, eyelet (to trim petticoats and bloomers), blouse material. And my time.
Of course, I've spent a bunch of money incidentally on fabric that I just couldn't leave behind, sewing miscellany, and books. I love reference material, so I don't like to count it into a particular project. There will need to be accessories and these are often rather spendy. I have ordered a pair of boots and hope they work out, but they are costing me $100! Haven't ordered a hat, but I've got my eye on one. There will also be gun belts to either be purchased or made, as well as some sort of gun, be it replica pistols or something more steampunk. Who knows what the total cost will wind up being? (Not to mention the cost of going to the convention!)
|Oak Tree Hill "Vow" boot in Antique Saddle|
To make this mean something, we have to know what that would compare to today. I, of course, turned to the Intertubes and found a nice little calculator that figures relative purchasing power of the US dollar. Suddenly that 20 cent a yard fabric costs $4.86, and $6 for labor is more like $146 today. That most modest of dresses would run about $175, and the society woman's gown that cost $500 then would top $12,000! That's about a third of my annual gross salary. Suddenly I don't feel so crazy for spending the money and time to make exactly what I want.