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About Grazia

born in 16th century Florence

Wool gown finished

Friday evening, while at NASFiC, I finished the wool gown. I wore it all day Saturday. Now, the end result is not exactly what I wanted. The sleeves are narrower than they really ought to be, because I was a smidge … Continue reading

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Wool gown progress

The wool gown is coming along pretty well. On Thursday, I finished pad stitching the bodice interlining. Over the weekend, I attached the lining, and then attached the fashion fabric. Now I’m hemming one edge of each skirt panel (they’re … Continue reading

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The “Elizabethan Seam” and outer garments

Twice in the last week, I’ve seen a link to Mistress Isobel’s “The Elizabethan Seam” with the question “well, yes, we’ve all seen this in smocks and shirts, but is there any extant example that isn’t a smock or a shirt?” … Continue reading

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Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge and pattern mucking

The 4th annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge, by Realm of Venus, has begun. On the spur of the moment, I decided to enter. The challenge is to make a 4-layer Italian Renaissance outfit in 4 months, starting June 1, ending … Continue reading

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Silk Sources

I was supply-hunting and found a few useful things which Mistress Rosalind thought I should probably put here so I can find it again later and others might too. Accordingly, for silk fabric that is already dyed (as opposed to … Continue reading

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My whorl on another reproduction spindle

German archaeologist Katrin Kania sells reproduction spindles. I ordered one from her and was happy to see my whorl fit perfectly.  This will be my new in-the-hand spindle for flax.   I did my Icelandic spinning project using a different … Continue reading

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Kingdom A&S Festival

Yesterday was great! I finished the serk (underdress) at 3AM then got up at 7:30AM to take a photo with it on and add that to the documentation. I headed up to the event. Twenty minutes from arriving a friend … Continue reading

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10 Days to go

Here’s the progress report for my Pentathlon entries: Smokkr: need to redo the darts with correct thread. Documentation is ready, save a photo. Serk: working on seam finishing. Seams finished up to knees, hem done, one sleeve almost done. Documentation … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night

Atlantia Twelfth Night was this past Saturday. Since I made the website this year, I had a busy time of updating all the table reservations for feast the last couple weeks. The site was pretty, and everyone’s garb looked great. … Continue reading

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Viking Pentathlon Progress

I finished the hangerock/smokkr and wore it for that wedding in October, but I didn’t do the under dress. I kind of didn’t do much related to the pentathlon for a little bit (my basement filled with sewage, and the … Continue reading

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