Finished my 95% hand sewn ruff, and ready to try starching for the first time.
It’s done, it’s done! I finished the full Elizabethan ensemble (it does need some ruffs but that is for another day) for my friend’s birthday/Gift-mas/every other holiday in the world for the next 300 years. I am now going to sleep the sleep of the dead. So starting with the bottom layers: Linen/cotton blend shirt with reinforced… Read More Fitted English Gown, Green Kirtle, Linen/Cotton Shirt, and Wool Petticoat Done.
Pattern Adjustments and Mock-ups To me this is the annoying and tedious part of sewing, but once it is done we will have a bodice pattern that fits and we can use for various projects. If you already have a block pattern by all means use it. I’m starting from the beginning because this is… Read More Kirtle Sew-Along: Measurements and Adjustments
I finally finished off the jacket project I started a few months ago. Well, I guess I really started it when I made the scaling up patterns video. I didn’t make any huge changes to the pattern I scaled up, the measurements were close to mine and I wanted to see what I would end… Read More Margaret Layton’s Jacket Finished, with far less bling.
I have a confession to make, I am not a huge fan of pink. It is a fine color and I can wear it without looking ill but in my day-to-day life it is rather absent. Yet a great deal of my costumes and historical clothing however are pink. I didn’t really notice it at… Read More Time for a Crash Course in 1560s Nuremberg Fashion
The pink linen kirtle I made for a friend made its début last weekend. Linen/rayon blend soft bodice with handmade eyelets. It has sleeves but it was way too hot for them. Over all I am pleased the next version in green wool will need very little tweaking.
So I posted about this on Facebook and on the Renn. costume forum but forgot to post about it here. Opps. I’ve made a lot of kirtles, in various ways, with various materials and stiffening. I’ve also answered a lot of questions about kirtles, and while I will be the first to tell you I’m… Read More A Kirtle Sew Along: Introduction and Materials
Time for round two with the jacket mock-up!
I finally got around to making a mock-up of the jacket pattern I scaled up last year. I thought it would be fun to see the jacket straight from the scaled up pattern on a body. I’m wearing it over my Elizabethan shirt, kirtle and red petticoat, it is just pinned and basted together in… Read More Margaret Layton’s Jacket Pattern Mocked Up.
Since getting The Queen’s Servant’s I’ve been coveting the pointed hood with a sort of fiendish glee, it also might be an under layer to the strange headdress in Holbein the Younger’s drawing. A month ago I scaled up the pattern and made a mock-up. It was huge, it devoured my head. I have a normal… Read More The Queen’s Servants Pointed Hood, or my Induction into a Secret Gnome Society.