Reading through the blog Centuries Sewing, which is awesome, and which I found through Pinterest, I realized a couple of things:
1. I never have gotten around to experimenting with later-period kirtles, kirtles with waist seams, two-piece kirtles with detached sleeves and stiffened bodices, although I've always wanted to do so.
2. I have a crap-ton of buckram in my stash. I'd completely forgotten about it until the other night when I cleaned up my craft room a bit (craft items and other things tend to drift into piles in the corners, like snow or sand - does that happen to you?), and found (among other long-lost things) a pretty good sized stack of buckram, recieved from a friend at a de-stash gathering some months ago. It's old. Old enough to have yellowed around the corners. But most of it is in good, usable shape, and would be perfect for interlining a bodice, be it boned or not.
And besides, what better excuse to buy more velvet? Nah...too heavy. A lightweight wool would be perfect, but I'm allergic to wool. So it's either a synthetic alternative, or linen again. Some more. (Don't get me wrong, I love linen, but it's not perfect for everything, yanno?)
Anyhow, I have WAY too much to do between now and Gulf War in mid-March to even consider starting a new outfit project right now. I have underwear to sew, and chair covers, and a small shade pavilion cover! I'll show you.
After I get back from my CRUISE. MWAHAHAHA.