Preenactment: n. the weekend before a reenactment, usually filled with various and sundry reenacting-oriented projects, only 50% of which will actually be finished before zero-hour.
This weekend consisted of finishing off the button-holes and hem for my new workdress. Tah-Dah! (It only took me 3 months to make...).
I made the mistake of going to Joanne's to pick up more thread. After being sucked into the vortex of New-Seamstress-Retail-Doom (40% off final purchase coupons!!), I came home with this new fabric in my bag (NO idea how they got there):
So, I decided the dress needed something - maybe a bonnet? I set to work:
Then, of course the cat wanted in on the action:
I ended up having to call for back-up in the form of the Sunny Seamstress, who cheerfully spent this afternoon coaxing me through my first slat-bonnet. Here we have the finished product modeled by a local:
The Seamstress also helped wax the inside of my washtub (a two-person Preenactment task if there ever was one) and together we planned the menu for Knotts. Now I just have to pick up laundry to wash from various non-participants in the troop, wash my dresses, collect and pack my various sundries and I'm ready for the first reenactment of the year!
At this point in the game I always wish I had done more research - my book on Winchester civilians is still languishing, and my laundress manual isn't near memorized. This is where the improv skills learned in acting classes at LBCC come in handy.