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 think I need a to-do list for all the projects that are scattered around here. There are far more UFO's than there probably should be.

1. 1690’s stays: Finish covering, make eyelets for straps, cut and sew in lining
2. 1830’s plain petticoat: Prep waistband and set waist
3. 1830’s tucked petticoat: Prep waistband, finish tucks (4 down/5 to go), and set waist
4. 1610’s petticoat: Reset waist
5. 1950’s turquoise dress: Shorten hem by 9”
6. 18th century cap: Everything – listed more to remember that it’s there than anything else
7. 1860 rigolette: Make 127 ½” pom-pons
8. 1912 vest: Order yarn and finish, but I’m still ignoring it because I’m not ready to order any other yarn at present and refuse to order the yarn and pay shipping for one ball of yarn
9. Pineapple bag: Just keep knitting
10. 1892 Zouave: Cast on so I can have some blind knitting for when I'm reading

Yesterday I tore apart the Tiana dress I made for my daughter a few years ago. I'm saving the other princess costumes (except the first Sleeping Beauty dress that wore out), but they never liked playing with this one because it was a really heavy dress.

S2330 - Tiana

I've always liked the gold sateen in the dress, though, so I tore the dress apart to rescue it. It's earmarked for the outer layer of a two-layer corset whenever I make another Victorian/Edwardian corset. I suppose I should be proud of myself; I also took the trim from a ridiculously heavy corset cover I made in college and recycled it for my 1918 combinations this spring.
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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.


Sep. 5th, 2015 12:26 pm
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I finished my early 17th century petticoat this morning! It's done! And I even have pictures.

The whole thing is hand-sewn - I even finally put my sewing machine away after it had sat unused on the dining room table for a couple of weeks. I don't know whether I'll do the jacket entirely by hand, but so far I'm feeling virtuous. (Yes, I always feel like I cheat when I machine-sew pre-1860 stuff, but I do it anyway so long as it doesn't show and the stitching isn't supposed to show.)

It's light green wool interlined in the bodice with layers of cotton twill and lined with muslin, and the skirt is lined with peach linen. I guess I should have taken a picture of that part, but I didn't think of it until after I had taken it off. It's basically constructed along the lines given by [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre in her recent post on petticoats and the information from the links she gave there and The Tudor Tailor. It is completely unboned and so far seems reasonably supportive.

While neither the wool nor the linen is a heavy weight, the petticoat is fairly weighty. The bodice magically makes the weight go away and it doesn't feel heavy at all while being worn. There's another point in favor of the built-in bodies (or for separate boned bodies, having the petticoat pointed to the bodies).

Early 17th Century Petticoat - Front

Early 17th Century Petticoat - Side

Early 17th Century Petticoat - Back
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I've nearly finished the body of my late 16th/early 17th century petticoat. I have to let the shoulders out a little, but that's pretty insignificant. At any rate, now I can cut the skirt panels. I made the bust a touch small, assuming that some stretching would occur with wear, so it doesn't quite lace closed right now.

Petticoat Body Front

Petticoat Body Side

Petticoat Body Back

My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre for her suggestions and advice.
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My impromptu 1780's project is finished, and I've finally started on my 1610's project. I'm starting with the petticoat because I can use an 18th century shift if I run out of time for the smock. The interlining for the body is finished so I should be able to cut the wool out tonight. The Tudor Tailor says that by 1600 skirt panels are rectangular so that should be easy.

My ship pinball progresses. I haven't quite made it to the ship, but I'm in the center patterned section. The ship goes with the Alexander Kent Bolitho novel I was reading, which amused me. Now I want to reread the whole Hornblower series. But first I shall read Crinolines and Crimping Irons and then see how the mood strikes me.


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