My friends Sancha and Stefano have been planning a Victorian picnic for over a month to celebrate their five year wedding anniversary. Up until now, I have been unable to attend as I didn't want to take the time off work. Until today when I looked at the roster and low and behold, I start work just as the picnic is ending. Shall I go? Yes! Do I have any Victorian/Steampunk clothing? No. How long do I have until the picnic? One week today. 6 days to throw together an outfit, while working full-time. Yay for spontaneous crazy!
In the four hours since I decided this, I have already whipped up a wired bustle, minus the waistband, and cut out the buckram frame for a mid-Victorian bonnet (pattern by Lynn McMasters). Not allowed to go to bed until I have cut out the pieces for a chemise. I'm planning to make an 1870's evening gown out of an old queen duvet set, with a velvet coat and the bonnet. I can do this. Watch this space.