Plans for 2018

2017 has been unusual, productive and difficult, altogether 80 garments were created this year, only 3 of which I made for myself.  The year started well with a renovation and re-organization, of a rather disastrous sewing room, and then continued into a mostly downward spiral from there (thanks, tendonitis).

However, the year is now over, and I am looking forward to what will, hopefully, a less overworked 2018.  With a decent number of projects, of course.

In January and February, I will be preparing for another 17th-century project. This time, it is a short presentation on English Colonial Fashion in America, with some sort of ad-hoc teaching/mingling afterward.  For that, I will be finishing a 1660s dress I started last winter and making 2-3 more depending on the timing.

March and April-I will be working on some corsets and petticoats for August, and some dresses for the Jane Austen Festival. And settling more fully on my plans for the rest of the year.

May, June, and, July- I will be getting ready to repeat the Jane Austen Festival, with some new additions.

August- I will be preparing for a dance week, and helping to plan a small portion of it.  For that, I am planning a very ruffly, pleated, fluffy 1870s day dress, but beyond that, I'm not certain but have had some fun ideas, so we'll see.

More news to come in further posts.


  1. Ruby, earlier today I received this note from author Marilynne Roach: "Some of us attended a presentation on civility and incivility in the 17th century at Suffolk U. Saturday, sponsored by the Colonial Dames. One of the presenters - Ruby Grace Miller was to show a selection of 17th century garments illustrating the different stations in life (all of which she designed and sewed by hand). She is also making outfits for Saugus Iron Works.

    Unfortunately she had the flue and couldn't make it. Many disappointed people in the audience on hearing that.After hearing about what she does and looking at her blog, I think she would be perfect for History Camp."

    I think Marilynne has a great idea. Will you join us at History Camp Boston on July 7? I hope you'll consider presenting, too. (Despite the name, it's for adults, and it's quite popular. It sold out last year months in advance; this year we're adding more space.)

    Perhaps you know someone else who sews period clothes, Elizabeth Sulock ( The two of you would make a fascinating session.

    More here:

    Hope to hear from you.

    Lee Wright | Founder | The History List | History Camp


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