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Dec 01

Late 16th/Early 17th century embroidered jacket

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So, back in 2009 while strolling through the Los Angeles fabric district, I came across this fabric in a hole-in-the-wall store:   A lovely silk taffeta with the most spot-on reproduction machine Elizabethan embroidery I had ever seen.  And the guy had about 1.5 yards of it.  Naturally, I bought it all with the intent …

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Feb 01

Tutorial: How to do a rolled hem by hand

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One of the most challenging, frustrating fabrics to work with (at least, for ME) is chiffon.  Over the years I’ve learned various tips and tricks to working with it – some quick and dirty (machined hems!), and some time-consuming, but beautiful.  One of the prettiest techniques is doing a rolled hem by hand.  It’s a little …

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Jan 22

‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle and English Fitted Gown – complete!

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It’s done!  And I must admit, I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out.  Pleased enough that I already have a second ensemble planned out in my head – more neutral tones (a lovely brown/cream herringbone wool for the gown, and something more sedate for the kirtle), which I feel more comfortable in. Atlantia’s Twelfth …

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Dec 04

‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle – progress!

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Progress continues on the ‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle! For the skirt, originally I had cut three 52″ rectangular panels of the silk, flatlined to 3.5oz linen, and tried to knife-pleat that to the bodice.  The skirt laughed at me.  No, really.  It doubled over in laughter at the IDEA that I could pleat that much fabric …

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Aug 26

Hodgepodge garb – putting items together and making do.

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This is what we call “throwing money at a problem”. I’m in between sizes right now, so I don’t have a LOT in my closet that fits. I DO , however, have some events that I hope to get to this fall. SO… at the Historic Interpretations garb exchange last weekend, I picked up this …

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Jul 29

This is what happens when we don’t do a toile!

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Making progress on the blue rapier armor…. first test run, and overall it’s fine.  However, the sleeve caps got torqued forward an inch, which is going to drive me batty – but I’d have to take the whole damn thing apart to fix it, and I don’t think I’m going to. Other fixes: the breeches …

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Jul 27

Blue linen rapier armor – progress!

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My husband and I are semi-active in the Society for Creative Anachronism – hence, all the funny clothes!  He is a rapier fighter, and has been after me to make him a new rapier suit for years.  Literally, years. I had some free time this June, so he’s finally getting his new suit!  This was …

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Apr 29

IRCC – Post 2

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Bodice is moving along.  I got the fashion fabric sewn to the lining, flipped, and side seams basted together.  Right now the eyelets aren’t done – I just teased my lacing ribbon through with an awl to see if I was on the right track.  Overall, it’s a good fit  – the bust/underbust are supported. …

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Apr 28

IRCC – Post 1

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This year, I’m participating in the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge – primarily to get myself out of my sewing rut.  (Well, my sewing-for-myself rut.) Project:  Anyone who has spent any time talking with me about Renaissance clothing knows that I don’t DO fancy-schmancy stuff.  I feel silly wearing it –it feels awkward and just too MUCH.  …

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Apr 22

16th c. blackwork coif – complete!

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Blog entries discussing this project can be found here, here, here, and here. The Pattern:  Embroidered coifs were popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries – and it was common for women to purchase patterns or have a pattern traced out for them, so they could do their own embroidery.  Keeping with …

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