Continuing my habit of making surprise costumes for friends, I bought the fabric for this elven gown a month after I got married in 2014. It was listed as “Twilight Navy Crinkle Velvet” a name that can’t get more elven.… Read More Return to Middle Earth: An Elven Gown of Twilight Velvet
Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book for review purposes. However all thoughts, opinions, and criticisms are my own. A long time ago… Back when the internet was young, there was only a handful of books and websites to turn to if you had an interest in sewing 18th century clothing. Janet… Read More Book Review: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking
“Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark.”
I started these as learning samples in free motion embroidery. The small motifs are from a 17th-century stomacher at the V&A museum. The original was done in silk and silver gilt on linen with spangles. My samples are in polyester thread on cotton muslin with silver french wire and cording for some of the details. I… Read More 17th Century Stomacher Free Motion Embroidery
The sigil of House Lannister done in yellow, scarlet and gold metallic threads with gold bullion/french wire for the the mane and silver for the claws. Free motion embroidery and hand couch work.
A series of photos showing the process of free motion embroidery on House Targaryen’s sigil. Polyester threads on cotton muslin background, with silver bullion accents on the claws and eyes.
I’ve fallen in love with free motion embroidery. it doesn’t require a fancy machine, digitizing software, or hunting down designs that might not be quite right. I’ve been working on several different projects trying to push the bounds of what I can do.
A month ago a Facebook post on Elizabethan Costume showed me some inexpensive* shoes (non-affiliated link) that looked very similar to cutwork shoes found in period. The price was right, but they came in only one color: white. I ordered 2 pairs, not seeing the FB thread till much later about sizing up (and again if you… Read More 16th Century Shoe Hack: Painting Shoes
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… Read More WiR: Hand Sewn Silk Sleeves Done!
The main project this week was revising my 16th-century sleeve pattern and making up a pair of test sleeves. I was not happy with how my sleeves turned out in the caramel wool petticoat bodies. Some of that was from how thin and lightweight the fabric was, and some of it was from the pattern… Read More WiR: A Pair of 16th Century Silk Damask Sleeves