15th Century, 16th Century, Black Silk Taffeta Kirtle, Costumes, Elizabethan, Hand Sewn, The Week in Review

WiR: Hand Sewn Silk Sleeves Done!

Gold and blue silk sleeves

16th-Century Handsewn Silk Sleeves

This week I finished the silk sleeves, yay! The last few steps ended up being very fiddly, as I needed to change the curve of the underarm section of the armscye and take it in by an inch.

The last few steps ended up being very fiddly. I needed to change the curve of the underarm section of the armscye and take it in by an inch. One sleeve was finished when I decided this, so I spent some quality time with the seam ripper unpicking the main handsewn seams and the prick stitching I put in to control the fraying.

Once I adjusted the armscye all I had left was the sleeve hem. Match seams, finger press the linen down by 1/2 an inch, pin and fold silk down to match.

Done.

gold and blue silk sleeves with eyelets

Everything else on my worktable has been eyelets this week.

The Eyelet Countdown

  • 4 eyelets left on the early 16th-century olive wool kirtle
  • 12 on my 14th-century cotehardie
  • 18 on the black silk taffeta kirtle
  • 6 on the silk sleeves

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