First of all, hello to all of my new watchers! Sorry for the lack of updates. At least I've made more recent posts here than on my Tumblr? D:
I haven't done any sewing lately, apart from finishing the front eyelets (ooooooooh). I think I'm kind of scared that I'm going to do something incredibly stupid to my 1790s stays, but I need to just get over that and put in some more channels. Yesterday my mother underwent surgery on her foot, and now she's of course laid up - I'm working at the Dance Museum today, but tomorrow I think I'll take my computer and sewing over to her house and watch something period while I backstitch.
I'm still having a hard time finding costume collections with garments relative to my thesis at a reasonable distance from here. The Cornell collection has something from the 1780s and a few Regency dresses; I'm going to contact Sturbridge Village (or explore their site more thoroughly) to find out what they have. What I need is one or two late 18th century dresses, 1795-1805 dresses, and 1810-1820 dresses that I can examine for construction techniques and sketch/take patterns from. I might have to go to Boston, but I'd like to find one somewhere closer. Any ideas? I live near Albany.