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
I’m in need of a new underskirt or petticoat for my 16th century clothing. I’ve been using the same cotton broadcloth one I made back in 2005, for years now. It is serviceable, but it adds a lot of bulk at the waist and it isn’t very authentic in construction or materials. So it is… Read More Juan de Alcega Tailor’s Pattern Book: Manteo or a skirt of cloth
I managed to sneak in a little bit of hand sewing this past week.
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.
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.
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
Write up and photos are here