Three weeks ago I purchased 4 yards of a wide black lace on Etsy. When it arrived I was happy with it, but on further inspection, I noticed it was torn badly over several of the motifs. I messaged the seller but never heard back. Now, I need every inch of the trim to go… Read More How to Repair Lace Trim
Trying to fit a corset mock-up on your own body, by yourself, calls for patience and flexibility. I wanted something I could sew on quickly so I could check the general fit of a corset, without having to worry about busk length, zippers, or safety pins. The Velcro Corset Busk Supplies 2 lengths of flat steel… Read More How to Make a Velcro Corset Busk for Fittings and Mock-ups
Four videos today, this weekend I’m going to shoot some more. Pressing and prep for the sleeve seam allowances Pressing the seam allowance with a seam roll when the sleeve is too narrow for the board. Sewing in the lining at the top of the sleeve. Hand sewing the bottom of the sleeve shut.… Read More Part 5 of the Elizabethan Kirtle Sew-Along Renaissance
Marking the eyelets out for spiral lacing Cutting out the sleeves (the wool is from my stash and the wrinkles would not steam out) First pass of sewing the sleeves together.
Sewing in the lining around the top edge Clipping into corners and trimming Edge stitching the seam allowance to the lining along the top
Pleating the skirt down with knife pleats and a box pleat in the back Basting the pleats in place Ironing the pleats down to keep things from moving around when I sew the skirt to the bodice
It has been 3 or 4 (mumble) years since I was going to do the kirtle sew-along. Life, family medical issues and changes got in the way. My skill set has improved, how I break down projects has improved, but that does not mean I’m not still learning. So I set up the video camera,… Read More An Elizabethan Kirtle Sew-Along Renaissance
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
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
As much as I love spiral lacing, and many kudos to Festive Attyre for introducing it to the costume world. (Or at least that is where I learned it from.) But I hate marking eyelets. Something always goes a bit wibbly, and I am not going to pay 20 bucks for the little button hole… Read More Spiral Lacing Template or Jig, perfect alignment every time.