The new sewing room is functional!  Fabric is on the shelves, sewing table is set up, and my new Civil War gown is in the works!  This one will be in silk dupioni.. and I know, all of the purists out there will tell me that dupioni isn't horribly accurate because it's considered imperfect in the 1860's... but my modern brain thinks it's beautiful.  Especially in purple and orange, which is a popular 1860's color combination!   I'll get some photos posted soon. 
I am sure that the lack of updates are obvious to others.  I apologize for the delay in updates (and in progress!!)  I'm in the middle of moving, and the new sewing room is finally becoming apparent in the middle of the chaos.  I'll get some updates soon, and hopefully some progress to go with it!