Hello! I have been muchly busy…
As you may or may not know, I go to MD to visit my parents each summer. Last year I finally got to go to Pennsic, and this year I am going again! However, I didn’t bring any garb, figuring I would just make a bunch with all the free time I’d have. So I’ve made a few dresses, and a bunch of accessories!
Pictures start now:
I finally finished this late period shift. I made the gussets way too small, and also french seamed it (which is such a pain for gussets!), so I got sort of frustrated with it and let it sit for a few days till I finished it. Bigger gussets means it fits much better. I swear I tried to make the neckband bigger on this one, but it still ended up a bit too small to close completely. I love the ruffs on the cuff and neck very much! They are cartridge pleated within an inch of their life. I think the ruff is about 6x longer than the band, it’s crazy. I am really pleased with how it looks. I was going to put tie-strings on the wrist cuffs, but thought it might be annoying to always have to ask someone else to tie it for me; I am pretty sure I would not be able to tie them by myself. So I put in a mother of pearl button/bead, and a buttonstitched loop, and was able to successfully close my cuff all by myself :)
Bit of an update on the blue/grey dress: I have matching sleeves now! I wanted sleeves that I could roll up, so they had to be split enough to allow that. There’s only one button at the moment, but I dont really think I am going to be wearing them down very often, so I am not worried about it for right now.
I started working on a corded corset, but decided to hold off on finishing it, since I won’t be needing it for war. It needs a fair bit of modification still.
I made a pretty partlet! I actually made two, each with very different patterns. It will be interesting to see which works better in actual use.
Two gathered aprons, one for my mom and one for me. I like aprons :)
I have many more things done that I haven’t taken pictures of, but I am sure I will at some point here. Hoping to get lots of pictures of them being worn at war.
The total list of things I have made just this summer for sca:
-A fairly successful reversible dress for mom
-Four simple shifts, no ruffles or anything
–A fancy shift, pretty ruffles included
-Two white ruffled partlets, one more rectangular than the other
-Two elizabethan coifs: one with pretty lace on the edge, the other is plain (not including the experimental one I posted about last week)
-The blue/grey italian dress, with matching sleeves
–The pink 1400’s kirtle
-Two gathered white aprons
-Many rectangular white cloths to be used for various things: apron, headwear, bags, partlet, etc.
Things I made last year and left here:
-Green openlaced dress for my sister, but I am going to wear it
-Red italian for mom
-Simple and loose grey dress for mom
-One simple shift, that fits wonderfully, so I used it as the basis for all the ones I made this summer
Things I would like to make (and I have less than a week, so it’s crunch time) but probably wont:
–Green simple dress for mom, same pattern as the grey one I made last year DONE
-A St. Birgitta cap, to be able to pin veils to
-Perhaps a hood, only if I get the Birgitta cap done though DONE
-Mom wants a ruffled shift for herself, which is not very fast to make :p
-An italian tie-on pocket/purse – these are wonderfully useful
-Leather shoes, soft soled style
-Leather pouch, to hang on my skirts
-Fix up the pattens that I already shaped the wood for
-Hem some fabric so that it’s useable for lazy early roman style garb
-Figure out a way to strap a basket so I can wear it like a backpack
-And maybe another late period kirtle/dress. Maybe. We’ll see.
Big list there! What I get done will depend on motivation and what I feel like working on on any given day. I have all of the supplies for these things, and pretty much totally free days. Time for me to get off the computer and start working :)