I’ve been working on Polly / Oliver, trying to get it done, in to the Literature challenge, and off my UFO pile.
I’ve also been working myself into a bit of a state over it.
I want it to be based on Terry Pratchett’s description of Polly / Oliver Perks feminine dress uniform at the end of Monstrous Regiment.
And I want it to be 1880s, with overtones of late 18th century inspired historicism.
And obviously it needs to use all the bits of the costume that I already cut and worked on back in whatever year it was when I actually started this (2007 maybe?) otherwise it would defeat the purpose of finishing a UFO.
And I want it to be historically accurate, which means accurate fabrics to the 1880s and military uniforms, and an overall design that is supported by extent garments and fashion plates.
And all the fabric needs to come from my stash.
And you know what? I realised last night, trying to pick skirt fabrics, that sometimes everything I want just isn’t possible. Sometimes I can’t do it all. Sometimes being an over-achieving, obsessive perfectionist doesn’t result in me making beautiful things, it just makes me miserable.
Sometimes I need to let go.
So I’m going to try to let go a little with Polly / Oliver.
I’ll use Pratchett’s description as a base, but if I need to do my own thing, that’s OK – Costume Designers liberties can occasionally be taken.
I’ll aim for recognisably 1880s, but if I have to make the occasional leap from fully documented garment, to plausible design treatment, that’s OK.
The use-the-UFO stays. Unless it doesn’t fit. Then it doesn’t stay.
And I might let myself buy some gold silk, if that will help me to use all the other fabrics from my stash. But if I have to make a white linen skirt, because that’s what I have in my stash that sort of looks right, despite not being able to find an example of an 1880s white linen skirt, that’s OK.
So we’ll see how letting go goes – I don’t have a lot of practice in it!
And to inspire me to let go, here is the queen of relaxation herself, hogging the Polly / Oliver jacket pieces: