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Thursday, April 5th, 2012
10:43 pm
A Bolster for Bobbin Lace
finished bobbin lace bolster
Last Sunday I made a bolster pillow to use for making bobbin lace, and made it all from stash fabric scraps material, including the baby formula can that I used as its base. You can see the entry here if you are interested.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
9:50 am
Iron Dress the Fourth!

Tonight I started gathering together the fabric, patterns and materials I'll need for the Iron Dress competition.  It starts on April 1, 2012 and I have to finish everything by July 1, 2012.

For Iron Dress I want to make an outfit that consists of a doublet, sleeves, skirt, overskirt, and forepart.  I have some red linen I can use for the overskirt, some black wool left over from my black loose gown I can use for the doublet, and some black/gold silk brocade that I can use for the forepart, and possibly for the sleeves.  I have lots of gold piping I can use to decorate it, as well as some red cabochons that will be used on the forepart and sleeves.  If I have time, I'll make a shirt with frills; if not, I'll fake them at the neck and wrists.  I tend to accumulate fabric and trim in the colors of red, gold and black, so I should have ample stuff for the challenge, and I have a corset and hoop skirt already.  The two loose gown and kirtle sets that I've already made from Margo's comfort package were both stash dresses made from hoarded or left over fabric, so I'm used to making do with what I have.  I just hope that I can do the challenge along with everything else I have planned for this season.  (I still have the Borgias dress to finish, two doublets for Alex, an Italian robe for Mike, and a wool cape for me.  I can put off the Italian robe and wool cape until later in the fair season, but I need to finish the doublets before fair season really starts in June.  And I have a vest/skirt set of mundanes that I'd really like to make for the summer season also.)  It's going to be a challenge.

I figure if I force myself to do just a little each night starting on April 1, I should be able to complete the challenge.  Wish me luck!

I gathered together the fabric/trim for the Iron Dress Competition and put them into two Current Project baskets.  I was very happy that I did have the red cabochons and rim settings for the sleeves and the forepart.  I thought I remembered having enough because I bought them for the OTTE dress and didn't use them yet.  I was also happy to find out that I have almost six yards of red linen for the skirt, so it will be nice and full.  I found the pattern pieces for the doublet shoulder and waist treatments in a plastic bag.  Now I just have to look in my sewing room for the rest of the pattern pieces. 

Tonight I need to find the rest of the pattern pieces for the Iron Dress, and stage them in the current projects baskets.  When I first got the Elizabethan pattern, I cut apart and sorted out the pattern pieces for easy access (i.e. the pieces were sorted by size and by clothing piece--all the sleeves are together, skirt pieces are together, etc.).  So tonight I will look in the places I stored those ziploc bags with the pattern pieces and pull out the doublet, sleeves, skirt, forepart, bumroll and shirt pieces, and put them into the current project baskets.  Once that's done, I can't do any more on the project until April 1, to obey the contest rules.

If I have time, tonight I want to take a picture of the sketch of the plan for the Iron Dress, so I can post it to my live journal and insert the picture in the word document I will be keeping about the contest.

P.S. I confided in Michelle that I'm entering the contest and shared with her my concern that I may be crazy to do this....  She doesn't think that I'm insane, especially since the Iron Dress doesn't come around very often.  Actually my two loose gowns would have qualified as Iron Dresses, since they were both almost totally made from stash.  The only things I had to purchase for them was the frogs for the first and the Venise lace closures for the second.  The rest of the outfits were completely made from stash material.  But sadly, when I was making those two outfits, there wasn't an Iron Dress competition running.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
11:23 pm
#41 Grey Linen Sottana.
This was an exercise in adding a washer to the eyelets to seeif they would hold better.
the grey linen was bought years ago and some was used for another project. $5/m
the buttons  and cords were handmade from existing materials.
The full diary can be seen at 

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
2:35 pm
Stash Challenge:Purple Woolen Gown for Estrella
I have to have this gown for Estrella, I am going to make 2 new gowns, one if it is cold and one for milder temps, because you never know! We are only going to Estrella for a couple of days but I am making sure? That we get to both Estrella and Pennsic this year so we can say YES I have been there, I have been involved in the SCA for 25 years now, and I want to look awesome, and well make the statement- I have been taught by many and this is what I can do!!  It is a need I need to realize!  

All from my stash
Spanish Styled Purple Woolen Gown with Silver Dupioni Sleeves

6 yards of deep purple wool
4 yards raspberry linen to line doublet and Sleeves
25 yards of silver trim
4.5 yards of green linen to line skirt
2.5 yards of silver dupioni for inner sleeves
2.5 yards white linen for inner sleeve lining
10 yards of deep purple grosgrain ribbon for trim on inner sleeves.
2 yards of linen for ruffs.

Jewelry, I have a girdle in purple/silver and pearls I have to remake the whole set as they have fallen apart! 

Hat? I have a tall black one, I can add bling on it or I can do a carcenet with some pieces I have already...or I can make a coif, so I can gather my hair up and perhaps add some jewels to that as well. 

What I have done so far?
I have made 4 yards for the edging on the tops of the sleeves, it has 2 rows of the silver trim. I am going to toile the sleeves so I can get them cut out and silver trim onto them.  So this is my next thing to do.



Current Mood: Twitterpated!
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
5:05 pm
SCA Rapier practice armour.

#28 (i think)
This was made from left over drill from several projects. I usually buy about 10m at a time, when it is on sale. I based it on an elizabethan jacket (that gorgeous embroidered one with gussets)... This was extended to make it legal for SCA rapier. It has 3 layers of drill and a linen lining and a stand up collar.
The buttons were bought from Steve Millingham Pewter, some years ago. I have several sets of various pewter buttons from them. Finally I have got to use some! :)

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm
I removed an offensive post as fast as I found it. I am sorry if anyone else found it objectionable. The poster has been banned, the entry was tagged and marked as spam, and I won't tolerate this in my nice, clean community.
Friday, March 26th, 2010
9:50 am
Loose gown and kirtle 2nd edition
Here are pictures of my second loose gown and kirtle. Like the first LG/Kirtle combination, all of the material, and most of the trim came from stash. The only thing I bought to make this outfit was the gold closures on the front of the loose gown.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
10:26 pm
Inspiration: Spanish Anyone?
Okay so I do something a friend of mine hates, I look at other people's costuming and I get inspiration from it and then I find out if I can find similar in portraits. Now I do the opposite as well, but some people have great thoughts,

Like this one:

This is the Kirtle for the gown

And this is the overgown

These were Made for Duchess Asa for her stepping up for the 76th Coronation of Atenvelt and they were created by Mistress Cécile de Brétigny. Whom I would love to meet in person one day and tell her she has been an inspiration for me!

So I found these and then began checking out what I had in my stash and where the Mistress Cecile got her inspiration.
I found these Spanish Ladies of whom I think Duchess Asa's Gown could have found life from.

And also this one which I think is pretty spiffy

I really think I want also to incorporate how the skirts are created in the Pisa Gown, a friend Fearga will be doing a class on this in March and it does not conflict with my family (hopefully) going to England, so I think I am going to make plans to get to Ithra in An Tir!  

Silvers and Purples are most of my wardrobe in the SCA and so most or many of my fabrics are this sort.  I have 2 silvers I could use for the Kirtle and several options for the Overgown, so this is something I want to happen perhaps for 12th Night.  Who knows?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
10:07 pm
Buttons finally finished.
#17. in stash challenge.
These were made from some wooden beads and crochet thread I had in the drawers. These are destined for largess for the Queen's gift box.
12 woven buttonsCollapse )

Current Mood: okay
9:13 pm
Hope I posted this correctly

#16. I have finished my second Manichino/muff. All from materials in my stash again! Though now I will have to buy some more blue silk embroidery thread. All out. 
This one (or the red one???) is destined for largess(SCA).
some links to pics hopfully follow...
finished muffCollapse )
another picCollapse )
Though I think i am crazy sewing furlined muffs in a  42 deg C heatwave.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
11:07 am
Stash photo - finally
I finally got a photo of my Stash Challenge #9 on my hubby, rather than just laid on a table.

In other news, I'm impressed my how many people have gone to look at my instructions for remaking modern garments into garb.  That photo has 125 views, my most popular.

Enjoy your holidays and have a happy new year.
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
11:07 am
Here's a before and after set of photos, with instructions on how I reclaimed a garment into garb. This is an older one, so it doesn't count for the stash challenge, but I thought you might be curious as to my methods.
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
6:41 pm
Stash Progress
I've been sewing, and here are some of my newly finished or newly pictured stuff. The numbering's kinda wacky, since I've got a list started on my computer, that includes some which aren't quite complete.
  • 10. Purple bliaut for older daughter, made from a cotton tablecloth, with a cool weave. Sleeves lined and neck facing with a linen shirt. Made for the William the Marshal event in May 2009, needs adjusting due to body growth. We added new gores and gussets. Now I just need to hand stitch all the seam allowances down. Otherwise, it will ravel away. It's my travel project now. I've included a photo, but we will be lengthening the central neck slit, and adding some lacing. Not necessarily period, but the only way to make the garb fit good, and not show off body parts.
  • 12. Brown wool viking apron dress for older daughter.
  • 19. Light green linen-cotton tunic for middle son - it started as a sleeveless dress.
  • 25. Black/white houndstooth wool blend long sleeved tunic - youngest son.
  • 26. Reworked several old garb outfits - a) it's the under tunic from Gerald's wedding garb - Patrick fits it, but the sleeve lining needed tacked down, and the stuff I put in the hem to help it lay nice - well, after all these years, it just laid weird. So I cut it off, and rehemmed it. and b) red cotton tunic originally made for Gerald by someone else, but it didn't ever fit right. Shorten the arms, and it is great for middle son. and c) blue wool Gothic Fitted dress, which shrunk, so it won't fit me. We shortened the arms and hem.
Photos are on flickr. I've added the stash challenge numbers to the descriptions.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
9:28 pm
Finally, some pictures
When last you heard from me, I'd failed to maintain my "don't buy anything new" rule, and finished just 3 things.  I have continued to buy new things.  I guess that's why many of us have such good stashes.  But some of my excuse is that I'm doing some custom tailoring for another couple.  The cabbage from their garments is fair game for my stash projects though.
  • 1. Cloak for the youngest
  • 2. Garb repairs for a friend - including relining a cloak
  • 3. Green plaid tunic for middle son

Newly finished -  Stash Challenge set
  • 4. 2 linen coifs for hubby for fighting
  • 5. Charcoal grey wool tunic for youngest son
  • 6. Beige wool tunic for youngest son
  • 7. Green & purple wool tunic for youngest son
  • 8. Grey wool viking apron dress for youngest daughter
  • 9. Finished brown stash tunic for hubby with black trim
  • 10. Purple bliaut for older daughter, made from a cotton tablecloth, with a cool weave.  Sleeves lined and neck facing with a linen shirt.  Made for the William the Marshal event in May 2009, needs adjusting due to body growth.  Will be pictured soon.
  • 11. Purple bliaut for younger daughter.  Remains of other bliaut for the sleeves, and a cotton pair of pants for the body part.  Again, lined with a yellow linen shirt.  This one was really too short when it was made, and has had the arms removed to enlarge the older daughter's bliaut.  Thus, this will become a purple and yellow sleeveless tabard, and be given to a shorter child, with a larger chest size than mine.
  • 12. Brown wool viking apron dress for older daughter.  Will be pictured soon.
  • 13. Purple wool short sleeved tunic for me.  Out of a pair of pants, and matching jacket.  Will be pictured soon.
  • 14. Red cotton herringbone drawstring pants for youngest son.  Made from a long sleeved shirt.
  • 15. Brown/blue plaid wool viking jacket.  Made at a local event, where we traded brown bags of stash, and had 2 hrs to make something.  All hand sewn.  Red linen straight grain binding.
You know, the longer I try to think about what I've done, the more items I come up with.  It's nice to know I've been sort of productive.
Also on my flickr account, are my assorted kids garb.  Most of these are reclaimed in some way, just predate when I joined the Stash Challenge.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
4:48 pm
Stash cloak
My older son had outgrown his cloak that I made him several years ago and we are planning to attend War of the Wings next weekend.  My husband had picked out a really nice brown wool (blend) for a cloak for himself a while back.  He consented to let Charlie have a cloak out of the fabric.  I've told them that it is to be shared!  (Charlie doesn't go to as many events as we do.)   There is actually enough fabric remaining to make another cloak, although I'd rather use it for something else (I had a little over 9 yards of 60" wide fabric!). 

We had debated lining it with fake fur (which I also had in my stash), but due to time considerations and that it's not going to be really cold next weekend and Donal wanted an unlined cloak to start with, I decided not to line it. 

It's almost done.  I'm letting it hang for a day or so before measuring the hem and I still need to figure out what I'm going to do for closures. 

Pictures next week after the event! 

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, July 31st, 2009
10:50 pm
A few more things made from stash
Well, in fact I've been making lots from stash, but not from within the time frame 600-1660, which was my own personal rules for this challenge. But I've made five more things, which are listed, with links to photos here.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
12:19 am
Finally an FO to report - #3
I finished my plaid flannel lounge pants today. Yes, I started them months ago, but took a hiatus when I realized just how short the rise was. I needed some time to figure out how t fix the problem. I ended up putting a facing in for the elastic instead of just rolling them over.

There will be no pics of these. They're built for comfort, not looks.

Current Mood: pleased
Sunday, June 7th, 2009
11:06 pm
Projects 2 and 3 from the stash....

Wonder of wonders, I actually used up some of the stash -- a year or more ago I cut out a tunic for my husband and never had time to sew it -- I finally got around to finishing it shortly before our May event.  The cloth is a lightweight cotton or cotton/poly checked weave, I don't know exactly which since it was hand-me-down cloth, but it has a white base with narrow green and dark red plaid checks mixed with an intermittent thread of gold.  Very light weight for summer wear.  Cloth and thread both came completely from the stash and there was no pattern, the tunic was cut to the St. Louis tunic pattern that was in an online article in 2003 at Reconstructing History at http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/beginners/StLouis.html.  Unfortunately this article has been taken down since; you might be able to find it through the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive -- I make most of my tunics and gowns using the instructions from it and from a companion article that was at http://www.geocities.com/douziemesiecle/how.html which is still available but also unfortunately will disappear since Geocities is going down, unless the author migrates it.  Ah, the ephemera of the internet...

I also made a longer overtunic-y thing (this actually has a name, I just don't know it) for my son -- it's basically the standard 3 Musketeers overtunic, only he wanted it in black this time, and since we are in Northshield, I painted the Northshield compass rose, which is one of our populace badges, on it.  Cloth, thread, and fabric paint all from the stash, and again, no pattern.  I have a picture of the kid in this:

Both of these are 100% stash-materials.

Current Mood: pleased
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
9:23 am
Next stash project
I'm making a faire costume for my daughter's boyfriend Davide. I'm making him black linen poofy pants. I'm also making a gray brushed cotton flannel/black linen reversible jerkin with trim around the collar and epaulettes--black gimp on the gray side, and a black jacquard ribbon with red/orange flames on the black linen side. And I'm making him two poet shirts--one in white linen, and one in unbleached muslin (in case the white one is not approved). He will thus have two outfits. EVERYTHING for these pieces came from my stash.

His character is to be a tax collector. I suggested his faire name which was accepted--Armand Legg. tee hee!

Current Mood: giggly
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
10:48 pm
Pictures of my loose gown and kirtle
All of the material for this outfit was stash...

The red wool for the kirtle I bought at an SCA event several years ago without any real plans for it. The gold damask and red/gold tapestry were ebay purchases, as well as the jeweled trim and red/gold piping. I used up all but 13" of the piping on this project, and I have enough tapestry to maybe make a vest or bodice left.

Here is a picture of the finished outfit. More pictures and information is available on my livejournal--fitchwitch.livejournal.com.

Current Mood: happy
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