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But after working on this all evening I still can't get over the fact that this is thick fabric and I look 50 lbs heavier than I am in it. I didn't mind when I was pregnant but I mind now. So, I got a wild idea to hack it apart and make an English fitted gown from it instead of keeping it a surcote. I LOVE the fabric and trims and it shouldn't be too complicated (LOL! Yeah right!). I have one day left to complete the new to do list:
• Straighten trim on left front – originally crooked, ripped out and in need of reattachment - DONE
• Finish attaching jewels up center front - DONE
• Add bars to the hooks & bars to close waist - DONE
• Re-attach over sleeves into armseyes
• Add trim on inside of over-sleeves to cover machine stitching – half done
• Make new shoulder treatments & attach – no idea what to do here yet
• Undo cartridge pleated back, make new bodice back, cut down back fabric, re-pleat to new bodice back waistline. *cough*
• Add buttons to close wrists of under-sleeves
• Take in partlet at center back
• See if I can squeeze back into my taupe corset and re-secure busk - DONE
• Secure ends of dying hoops in farthingale - DONE
• Complete and stuff smaller bumroll – old one is too large since this doesn't have a ton of fabric in the skirt - half done
• If for some reason all of this gets done by elves in the night, I may try and add some beads or pearls to the trim down the front. *never gonna happen*

The movies are on for Claire and the clock is ticking! Wish me luck!

UPDATE: I don't want to curse myself but it's going pretty well. I didn't use period techniques to put this together so I am having to carefully seam-rip every stitch where the front & collar meets the back yoke. I'll put it back together in a more period way but turning all edges, hand stitching the fabric to the linings, and then whip stitching the new back into place. There isn't enough fabric in the skirt to use the farthingale at all and I'm going to pad the new cartridge pleats at the waist so I'll do without a new bumroll as well. With all this work, I'm sot sure what I'll have time to do for new shoulder rolls but it's only 1:00 and I have miles to go before I sleep.
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So, I’m going to go back and play on Sunday but I’ve decided to wear my surcote. The problem is, it needs to be put back together!

To do:
• Straighten trim on left front – originally crocked, ripped out and in need of reattachment
• Finish attaching jewels up center front
• Add bars to the hooks & bars to close waist
• Re-attach over sleeves into armseyes
• Add trim on inside of over-sleeves to cover machine stitching
• Make new shoulder treatments & attach – no idea what to do here
• Finish tacking down internal lacing strips in the back so side of outer fabric doesn’t pop out and make me look 50 lbs heavier than I am
• Add buttons to close wrists of under-sleeves
• Take in partlet at center back
• See if I can squeeze back into my taupe corset and re-secure busk
• Secure ends of dying hoops in farthingale
• If for some reason all of this gets done by elves in the night, I may try and add some beads or pearls to the trim down the front.

Think it can be done in 2 days with a 3 year old to attend to? Me neither, but I’ll try.

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