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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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Viking Progress

Saturday I went to the Library of Congress, which seems to be the only place in the United States that has a copy of “Die Textilfund aus dem Hafen von Haithabu.” I now have a lot of German to throw … Continue reading

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Cloak linings and arm slits

There are three things I’ve heard about cloaks in period, that my cloak plans had the possibility of violating: They didn’t wear full circle cloaks in period. They didn’t line cloaks in period. Arm slits are 19th century. Well, yesterday … Continue reading

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Persona Pentathlon planning

Last winter I decided I was going to enter the Persona Pentathlon at KASF this winter. A few months ago, I decided the Eleonora dress would set the theme. I’ve also recently been seeing a lot of really good-looking Norse … Continue reading

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Studying Hairnets

Lately I’ve been researching hairnets. I own two crocheted snoods, but there is no evidence of crocheted snoods in period, and little in the way of solid evidence of crochet at all (most would say there is none before 1800, … Continue reading

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Hey look, sleeves!

Well, I finally finished the pink dress, trim and sleeves and all. Immediately after finishing it, I sewed a green wool tunic for a friend, so he and his wife (who wore my blue dress) could come to Defending the … Continue reading

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