Two more items

I have actually done lots of stuff from stash, but since my self-imposed limit is that it should be SCA-appropriate to count I have only these two new items to show, both 15th/early 16th century.

(The others are: 1. A dress for my daughter Valeria, 2. An 18th century riding habit, 3. A bell shaped 50s skirt for me, 4. a blouse for me, also 50s style, 6. An "Alice in Wonderland" outfit for my daughter Maja, 7. a pair of 18th century stays and soon another dress for Valeria.)
Lyneya, SCA

The ultimate stash clear out

Well I guess this is one way to solve some of my stash problems.  My husband is in the Army and we just got orders to go to a new Duty Station.  This week I've gone through my fabric stash and sorted out about 6 tubs of fabric that I'm not in love with anymore.  Next weekend when everyone in our local group gets back from our Kingdom's Crown Tourney I'm having a great big fabric give away :)  Of course this sorting would be a lot more impressive if I didn't still have about 10 tubs left. 

Next stash plan will be implemented after the move.  One of my best friends is getting married and she and her honey are SCAdians but their battles with the sewing machines leave them bloody and the sewing machine broken.  So their wedding presents are going to be a complete ( at least 5 elements) set of garb for each of them all from the stash.  they should take care of a tub each  and a bunch of buttons :)
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Effigy pair of bodies from stash.

Hi all,

First time posting here, other than my initial comment about joining (as sstormwatch).

I am a rather slow project person, mainly because my little kids take up a lot of my time, and because I tend to work on complicated projects. So, finally, I have a stash project I can share with you all.

Effigy frontIt is my Elizabethan effigy pair of bodies, based on the article and pattern of Janet Arnold's from Costume magazine, but sized for a larger me. It is finally completed, and photos taken of the final garment on my dress form.

The fabric was taken from my stash. It was samples of fabrics in a damask of dusky blue and ivory, in cotton & silk blend. Because I had to work with the sample sizes and grommets placed in the middle of the fabric piece, the front is not matched on both sides. The best I could do was to align the back design.

The sewing thread is stash threads, as is the interlining of cotton coutil, and the white silk taffeta binding material, which was sewn on by hand. The lacing cord I made a year or so ago, and found it was long enough. I had to buy the two sizes of reeds for the boning, and the heavy buttonhole thread used in the hand made eyelets.

The photo album of the project can be seen here, and the dress diary of the project here.
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Two more this weekend (Items #3 and 4)

I'm working as part of a quartet of ladies on a round-robin quilt project. xora_reyn posted her block back in late January. We're doing monochromatic quilts, with very few "rules" other than the center block is 12" and each round thereafter shall be 2-6" wide. We will continue to rotate the quilts until we get tired of this particular round robin or until we have achieved bed-quilt size, whichever comes first! We have each chosen a color that will be continued by each subsequent quilter--I'm doing white, maedb has chosen butter yellow, xora_reyn has black and aixlesbains is going with golden brown/caramel.

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Mine is entirely hand-sewn. I haven't done any applique quilting before, so I'm pretty pleased with it. I had a day that wasn't really otherwise occupied, plus we've set a deadline of March 1 for the center square, so I did all the stitching on mine today.

The background fabric and the fabric for the center dot and the outermost petals were from stash, so I'm declaring this to be stash_challenge eligible. I'm cross-posting this to my sewing journal, marymontsews.

My other finished project from stash is a butter-yellow gown that is English a l'Italienne. The fabrics are a linen (linen/cotton maybe?) damask, linen lining fabrics for the bodice and sleeves, and trim that I got to go with the damask, all of which I've had since before the founding of this community. Thread was also from stash. The only thing I bought for this was the red perle cotton for the lucet cord that serves as lacing and as the trim up the center front and in the center of the guard.

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Stash Challenge 3 - Tunic

This is a cotton plaid tunic for my 9yo son, which started it's life as a large adult bathrobe.  I removed about 7 inches from the center back, and about 4 inches from each side of the front.  There was also a 1.5" wide binding strip that went along the front edge of the robe, that once removed, ironed into a 4" wide very long strip.  The patch pockets became the underarm gussets, and the cut off strips, by the miracle of rectangular construction, became the center front, back and side gores.  Each gore is made 2 to 4 separate pieces.

Now what is great, this also fits me, and my 17yo son.  That means my middle son should be able to wear this until it wears out.


Stash Challenge 2 - Garb Repairs

A friend wanted a few repairs made to some of his garb, before Estrella.  He needed fraying at neck of his tunic tended to, new elastic and fraying at his pants hems fixed, repairs to button-loops on a purchased "cote-hardie", and his cloak lining had fraying problems.

The neck of the tunic was easy - I had a bit of linen bias tape, salvaged from deconstructing a modern garment, that covered and matched well, and it should wear well.

The pants hem was harder - eventually, I just un-hemmed them, and refolded the fabric so the frayed out portion was enclosed in the new hem.  There is a bit of color difference between the faded old-outer pant leg, and the unfaded newly visible hem.  After Estrella, we may cover the join with a bit of trim, which will disguise the color difference from fading.

The button loops were a bit more fun.  The garment had 10 buttons, but originally had about 30 button loops sewn in as it was constructed.  I don't know why most of the loops were cut off, but they were, and the remainder were coming loose, and looked untidy.  I used 5 separate long loops of buttonhole twist, and brought them out at each button spot, created a fingerlooped round braid section about 1.25" long, then ran the unbraided loops under the fabric to the next button spot, repeat 9 times.  This created a strong cord, that didn't have a lot of starts and stops, and I think it will wear well.  Admittedly, it's probably too nice of a repair to use for the quality (and fabric UGG) of the garment.

When I went to patch the cloak lining, I realized it was worn to tissue paper quality.  So I removed the cotton , and relined it with the fabric from 4 black linen garments.  I wish the outer part of the cloak had actually been wool - it was a loosely woven acrylic or something, and was very shifty, even though it had been washed repeatedly.  But the lining should survive for quite some time.

The only thing I purchased was the new elastic.
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Stash Challenge 1 - Child's Cloak

Here's a cloak, wool exterior, lined with linen.  Created from a pair of wool slacks, the crotch line of the pants is the widest area of each gore on the cloak (the hem), and the attached hood is from the cut-off waist/butt area.  The lining fabric is a strappy Old Navy dress, so it required a bit of rearranging to make it all cover, BUT, I ended up using the skinny straps to provide ties so my daughter can close it.  I didn't even have to hem the lining, as I used the dress hem.

Only change for the next one, rounding the shoulders a bit more.
Finished this mid January.

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stash project #1

So sometime back on the Great Hall of the Northshield, in trying not to discuss the cold from Hades, we got busy talking about what we were working on. And I brought up I wasn't working on SCA stuff, I was sewing a Seto Kaiba coat for my kid for an anime con -- and someone else asked "Ohhhhh.... How????" So here, for better or worse, is the Seto Kaiba cosplay coat -- well, it's not SCA, but it used a lot of the stash...

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project # 2

I am making myself a new linen shift. The ruffle edges are worked in black cotton embroidery thread using a buttonhole stitch. I suck at embroidery proper, but a buttonhole stitch *is* something I can do!

Everything will be handsewn.
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