I’m finishing up the bright red wool kirtle and this time around I need some dress pins to keep the sleeves on.
I remembered Catrin’s pin making tutorial but knew I didn’t have the right gauge wire on hand, but I did have some decorative head pins left over from making the green tudor gown.
I followed the same process Catrin’s tutorial showed, save that I didn’t have to wire wrap to make the head of the pin, and I don’t have a jewelry anvil. I work-hardened the length of the pin by hammering it flat on my front porch, nipped the ends with wire cutters and sanded it down with a file.
We all have wip projects somewhere in the back of the closet. In my case I’ve been working on this Lord of the Rings inspired elf gown for the past three years (at least) using fabric I’ve had in my stash for almost nine years.
But the end is near! I have some bead work to do on the belt and neckline, the cloak to figure out and the sash to hem but that is it. There is a plain white under dress that goes with it since the odd textured knit fabric I used is sheer, but it does not fit on the form.
Hand sewing my way through another petticoat/kirtle project, this time in a scarlet colored light weight wool.
Sewing the skirt with a spaced back stitch.
Patterning the red wool kirtle.
Sewing the bodice with the back stitch.
Sewing down seam allowances with the herringbone stitch.