Aug. 21st, 2016 11:47 am
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While we were on vacation last month, we also went to the Jamestown Settlement. I had particularly wanted to go there because that was the original plan for my 1610's costume, not a Renaissance fair! It also turned out to be the thing the children liked best.

We went for a little while one afternoon after a lunch that seemed to stretch into eternity. Two of us had finished eating before the next two got their food, and those two had finished eating by the time my husband got his! It was ridiculous, and I am glad that my husband asked us to go ahead and eat or it would have been stone cold. Enough complaining. The children thought we didn't have nearly enough time at Jamestown and asked to go back. Who am I to deny them a historical place when they ask for it?

My friend Liz came along the second day, and she actually likes to take pictures so we have pictures.

I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre in person, which was very nice, and she even gave us a tour of the costume shop there. My son got to try on the jacket from a boy's 17th century suit reproduction that Samantha made, though it was a bit big. First he didn't want to put it on, then he didn't want to take it off.


Then we had to leave her to her work. We visited the Powhatan village, the ships, and the fort. I think everybody had a good time, and we spent most of the day there. I'm not sure everyone was quite ready to leave at the end, but the boy was obviously wearing down.

The only thing I made new for the visit was my little knit purse, which I actually like so much that I've been using it to hold change in my modern purse since then. I was pleased when my daughter wanted to wear her vaguely Native American dress to Jamestown since I was dressing up. Maybe there's hope for someone to join me in costume shenanigans yet!


And more pictures behind the cut... )
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I wrote earlier about how [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and I got together with our respective families for an outing to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Jen has now kindly shared the pictures she took of me so now I can write about my clothes for the outing.

Pictures first, information after.


More behind the cut... )

I see while I've been working on this off and on today, Jen has posted something else about the faire. She's got the only picture I know of of the two of us, and it came out pretty well. My husband took this one at the very end of the day.


And now the $64,000 question is "Does it look like something out of Little House on the Prairie?" I think not, but obviously some at the faire did. What do you think?


Oct. 12th, 2015 09:03 pm
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Yesterday I got to go on my first costumed outing since Memorial Day. [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and I met up with our respective families at the opening weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival. I haven't been to a Renaissance Faire since I was in college so that was something of an experience in and of itself. I've also never been with children.

The weather was good. The sky was clear and blue, there was a little breeze at times, and it was usually decent in the shade. Standing in the sun was warm, though. I don't know just how warm it got, but they were forecasting highs around 93. Maybe it got there, maybe it didn't, but I'm sure it didn't cross the hot threshold.

Only one of my daughters would dress up, and she insisted on changing into shorts before we'd been there an hour. She feels that she can't run in a dress. At least I got some nice pictures of her before she changed. I thought I got one or two of her sister, but I guess I didn't.

I didn't take many pictures and only got three worth posting. In order, my little white knight preparing for a mechanical joust, one of my daughters in her sister's Merida costume, and a lovely hobbit matron who showed us the ropes (and didn't look even remotely like a sausage, though the sausage in the quiver was a particularly hobbit-y touch when the young elf was too busy playing at lunch to finish eating).

My little white knight


Hobbit Matron

Jen took a bunch of pictures of me and I of her while the children watched the jousting, but they're all on her camera so we must wait until she's ready to share. I hope I was able to take satisfactory pictures of her and do her justice. She looked great.

And then we can decide whether I looked like I was from "Little House on the Prairie" as I was twice told. Either I didn't look at all as I thought I did, or people can't tell the difference between early seventeenth century and late nineteenth century. I'm not sure which one would be more disappointing.
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I finished the front half of my new pinball.

Ship Pinball - Front

The colors didn't come out very well - the green is the same color as my 1868 dress, and the yellow/cream is about the same color as my robe a la piemontaise. Yes, I am using leftover thread from past sewing projects for this one!

I did the last tiny bit of sewing that I wanted to do for my 1610's stuff last night so I'm ready for the weekend. I'm not sharing any pictures yet because I have good prospects for good pictures rather than boring self-timer-in-the-corner-of-the-bedroom pictures that I usually get.
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I tried on everything except the smock (substituting a late 18th century shift for it) today, and it all seems to work together just fine. Then I starched the cuffs and basted them in. Very well-starched.

Early 17th Century Cuffs

I'm using the Tudor Tailor pattern for the smock, but the sleeves seem awfully big to me. The narrow sleeves are given as being 12" around the wrist, but they still have you putting an opening at the wrist. That was going to be way too much fabric to bunch up under my jacket sleeves so I took out about 2.5", which was an improvement. I still don't need an opening at the wrist. I'm hoping I'll finish the smock today, but I make no guarantees. I just need to set the sleeves, sew the side seams, hem the sleeves, and hem the body. It should be achievable.
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I like rolled hems. They look nice and tidy and are very unobtrusive. But after almost six weeks of working on my early seventeenth century clothes, I'm sick of them. There are an awful lot of rolled hems in this stuff, rolled hems in white linen. I finished the last of them tonight, and at least they were straight grain strips. Now I need darts and bands, and the cuffs will be finished. Then I just need a smock to finish everything. I could get away with my late 18th century shift, but I would like to have a long-sleeved smock. It will be machine-sewn, though. I've run out of time to hand-sew one, and frankly, I'm not too concerned about body linens that no one sees.

Then on to the next thing, assuming I have time to sew now that I have something slated for practically every weekend between now and the end of the year...


Sep. 26th, 2015 01:59 pm
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After sewing for most of the spring and summer with absolutely no place to wear anything, it looks like events are finally in the near future.

First, there's an English country dance ball on 10/16. I'm not making anything new for it, but I'm going to wear my copper 1820's evening gown for it. That dress definitely deserves another wearing. And I've bartered with [livejournal.com profile] m_of_disguise for a tiara, which I'm looking forward to getting shortly.

Then on some yet to be determined October or November date I'm going to take the children to the Texas Renaissance Festival. I haven't gone to that (or any Renaissance faire for that matter) since I was in college. I always meant to go to the one in Virginia or Maryland with some high school friends who live in the DC area, but somehow it never happened. I'm nearly finished with my things for that, and I'm waffling on whether to try to make anything for the girls.

Hallowe'en is coming up in about a month (five weeks from today, in fact), and I'll get to wear my 1886 dress. My husband has informed me that it's weird that I tell people on Hallowe'en that I'm myself in the year xxxx so I guess I need to find someone to be. I think I'm going to go with Evelyn Emerson from Elizabeth Peters' Egyptological mystery novels. While I don't particularly identify with her, it's the right period, and I have similar coloring - I certainly don't have the dark looks of the protagonist!

Then we're still trying to get a Regency archery event together, probably in early or mid-November. I'm hoping to get a spencer made by then, but if it's chilly, I have a pelisse to wear so it's not of great importance. I don't exactly have a design for it yet, but I do have fabric. That's half the battle, right?

Then there's the DFWCG Georgian picnic the weekend before Thanksgiving. I've got the dress I tried to make for it last year, but it's not very exciting so I need to think of some kind of bright accessories. Or I could wear the green-striped dress that I made over. There's plenty of time to figure that one out, and the weather may ultimately influence my decision.

Dickens on the Strand is only a couple of weeks after that, and I'll need to decide what to wear. I've really only got two dresses from Dickens' working years so I'm inclined toward the wool 1860's dress. We'll see.

Anyway, the rest of the year is starting to look quite full among holidays, costume events, and the start of the opera season. I shall have to husband my time well. Don't be surprised if I don't do much sewing until after the new year!
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I finished setting the sleeves and started putting the ribbon ties on my 1610's jacket last night. I've got five ties sewn on and five pinned so my hopes are high of finishing tonight! I'd be done now, if I hadn't goofed when cutting out the jacket and forgotten to leave a little overlap so i could pin it shut. Still, the ribbons are pretty and will add a little interest to an otherwise plain jacket. I'll try to remember to leave a little more fabric next time. this is what I get for trying to modify my usual method of cutting out 18th century bodices.

Due to a lot of reading the last few days, I've caught up to where I was on my 1936 sweater. I still have lot more reading to do so it's actually likely to see more progress in the next few days. The ship pinball is inching along; I've been working at it at odd moments, but it's not moving very fast.


Sep. 20th, 2015 05:44 pm
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Frogging is not fun. After finishing the ribbing at the waist of my 1930's sweater and knitting a few rows of the main body, I decided that I had used the wrong needle size on the ribbing. I had to go down a size for gauge in the pattern section so I went down a size for the ribbing too. Bad choice. Of course, I decide this after 3.5" of ribbing and 1" of pattern. It's sad to rewind all that yarn back onto the ball. It was only about 40-45 rows so I guess it could have been worse. On the plus-side it's now completely brainless knitting again - knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one........and there will be fewer rows to get to 3.5".

In happier news, I've nearly finished one of the sleeves for my 1610's jacket and have started on the second one. Would it be finished by now if I were machine-sewing it? Yes. Do I care? Not in the slightest. There really is something soothing about hand-sewing.
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My 1610's jacket body is finished except for fastenings. Now I have to do the sleeves and fastenings, and I'll be finished with it. I've also made a little progress on a partlet, but not much.

I would have been able to report sleeves at least partially sewn together, but I got sucked into Lieutenant Hornblower last night and stayed up late reading.


Sep. 12th, 2015 08:08 pm
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I love the way that the six different jackets that are patterned in 17th Century Women's Dress Patterns are constructed in six different ways. I can put mine together pretty much any way I want to. For those who are curious, I'm whipping the pieces together then putting the lining in and felling it to the outer layer. I hadn't been planning to line it at all, but my linen is a little too lightweight so it's getting a lining after all.

The gores are set, the side seams are sewn, and I'm putting in the body of the lining now. I'm pleased and rather surprised with my rate of progress.


Sep. 9th, 2015 09:47 pm
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While it's not very flattering to modern sensibilities (well, I don't know about those who generally believe in covering all the hair as a sign of modesty, but that's beside the point,) but I've finished the head covering for my 1610's clothes.

Without further ado, here it is in all its hand-sewn linen glory.

Coif and Forehead Cloth



At least I can be quite pleased with the size of my rolled hems. They're pretty close to the 1/16" of the original given in 17th Century Women's Dress Patterns. The hems on the tape are larger, more like 1/8", but they're as small as I could manage with the weave of the tape.

Narrow Rolled Hems

I'm working on the fitting of my jacket, but I'm still fighting some issues. Maybe I'll get another mock-up cut tomorrow.
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I've been working off and on on the lace for an 1890's petticoat and finished the tenth repeat today. That was the point I had promised myself I could block and measure to see what kind of length I'm getting. It's 14" so I'm getting about 1 3/8" per repeat. That makes 26 repeats per yard. I don't know just how much I'll need because the body of the petticoat isn't finished yet, but it should be less than four yards so I shouldn't need any more than 100 repeats. It's still a lot, but at least it means I'm at least a tenth of the way through, right?

I'm also a tenth of the way through my (possibly Tolkien-esque) pinball. And I'm half done with my 1780's underbodice. I've done a lot of thinking about 1610's stuff but haven't cut anything yet. I might do that tomorrow, but I think I'll finish the underbodice tonight. I don't like UFO's, even if I have a lot of them right now.
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Obviously I'm not that excited about the lace I'm knitting because I started another pinball today. What can I say? They're the epitome of portability.

This one will have a ship on the front and crowns and initials on the back. Crowns seemed to go with ships - "royal navy" and all. Originals that it will be based on: front and back. Okay, the back is actually based on a cross-stitch pattern that's supposed to be based on a knitted original. I've seen patterns on originals that had a similar feel so it should do nicely.

I do want the lace for a petticoat, but I'm not that interested in making the petticoat right now and the ball of thread is actually quite big, maybe 4" in diameter. I did test out that I can knit it while riding in the car so I'm not completely abandoning it for the present. (Though the 1930's sweater seems to be falling by the wayside. I did what? 3 rows?)

UPS is supposed to deliver my copy of The Tudor Tailor tomorrow so I'll get back to the whole 1610's thing soon. For now, I think I'll be making a smock, petticoat with upperbodies, jacket, and some kind of cap. After I review the book, I'll probably have some specific questions. (Actually, I have some specific questions now, but the book may address at least some of them. I don't remember all the details from when I read it before since at that time this stuff was still in the "I want to make this at some point but don't really have any place to wear it" category.)

In the meantime I've been discovering that trimming bonnets requires a level of artistry that I do not have. I am the first one to admit that I am not even remotely artistic. I am a technician, and that's fine by me. Building the bonnet base and covering it - okay. Decorating it - the pits. I'm still hoping to finish it up this week, but the trimming is irritating me.
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I feel that I'm getting a better idea of where I need to go with the whole 1610's outfit, though I know I still have a lot to learn. Questions, questions. [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre is being very helpful; I'm so glad I'm on her friends list.

In the meantime, I haven't really done any sewing in the last couple of days because I've been reading so much. So this morning I made the upper part of my last 1890's petticoat and worked out what I want to do with headwear to go with my 1886 navy faille dress. I'm going to make a bonnet along the lines of this one at the Met. The best thing about it is that the shape is the same as the base of my 1868 bonnet that I made last winter, just rotated 180 degrees. So I pulled out all the supplies for it, cut out the buckram, sewed the darts, and started wiring it. Wiring it by machine was NOT working, so I abandoned that and will wire it by hand tonight.

But first I need to take the children swimming. I really don't want to, but being a mother isn't about what you want to do.
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Explain to me why I just made an ivory silk 18th century petticoat and cut a matching bodice when I have two 1780's dresses that have never been worn. I was excited about Victorian costuming opportunities upon moving to Texas, but here I am still stuck in the 18th century. I guess I've been making plans for that period for so long that I can't get it out of my system yet.

I think the next thing I want to do is 1610's, but I really need to do a lot more reading before I start that. I'm not even quite sure what layers I need. I see lots of Tudor information, but Stuart seems to be less prevalent. There's a painting of a girl in a shift and kirtle that's dated 1612/1620 that I like, and I'm hoping I can do something like that with a jacket over it. I really don't want to make stays for it. Any suggestions?

(ETA link to the picture I mentioned.)


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