Jan. 9th, 2011 08:14 am
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These are pictures of the first red tunic, and the start of the second one.

They're AWFUL, but they'll give you an idea.

It's not quite so orange IRL, but it is BRIGHT!  You can barely see the detail on the facing, but I'll update when I have better pictures.

The following pictures are the start of the second tunic.  This is the facing that goes around the collar.  I usually do a double facing, and turn it from the inside out, so that the neckline is totally enclosed and neat.  One, it looks better to me, and two, it avoids the neckline rubbing an exposed seam on Ioannes's neck.

You can see the word "TOP" in one shot,  That's to remind me which side is the top side, or rather, which one will be seen on the outside of the tunic.

And a bit closer.  Not that you can see anything.

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I finished a project.  For the first time in...yeah, let's not talk about that.

Ioannes has at least one new fighting tunic.  Go me!

Oh dear.

Sep. 16th, 2010 03:48 pm
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I'm sewing again.  Or at least planning to sew.  I have a bunch of stuff to finish for John, and some good information on a more correct style of tunic for him.  Then, gamboised cuisses, basically, and a new fighting tunic and he'll be all set.

For me, though...Well, now.

Our barony's Candlemas, in February, is themed as "A Night in New Spain."  Set in 1566, it's a great chance for me to play with a style of clothing I've wanted to make for a long time.  Late-period, fancy stuff.  As illustrated by...

Granted, my fabric is not that lucious red silk damask, but hey... I can't have everything, can I?

My fabric is this: 

I'm REALLY hoping it's as awesome as I think it is. If not, I'll be off to the races to find something else...but I'll be able to upholster the couch!


Jan. 19th, 2009 07:48 pm
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I'm sure there's a less fabric-intensive way to cut a cote....but I'm not finding it right now.
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Because I want comments on my garbing endeavours, too...

And now, garb.  I'm working on the Reconstructing History Ottoman Woman caftan, and honestly it's been a breeze to cut out.  I'm not making the gomlek because I'm running out of time, but I am doing the pink caftan.  Kass had mentioned a lime green lining and I thought that would be so amazingly, eye-bleedingly awesome that I had to try it.  :-D  I couldn't find enough of the true lime, but I did find a brilliant green.  Here, look:

Really, you can't tell how absolutely brilliant this green is and the pink looks more peachy here than it is.  It's a light rose pink with a dark apple green lining.  It's gonna be GORGEOUS!  And I found some neat variegated thread to do the top/decorative stitching with, so I'm excited!  Tonight, it gets sewn together and then we'll go from there...Pictures will be forthcoming.

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I am *this* close to being done with my new tunic.  Then, I can focus on John's fighting garb.  Liam found some gorgeous trim to go on it, and in exchange, he's getting some gold and red trim, in addition to his Centurion eagle trim, to spiff out the bottom of the cote. 

Speaking of that fighting cote...Liam has done a fantastic job with it. 

He agreed to listen to me and slow down with the machine as well as hand-baste most of the seams rather than pinning.  Pinning would have been a lot faster, but the seams look so good!  He also flat felled them all, so the coat is darn-near reversible.  Slowing down with the machine also allows him to correct seam allowance and whatnot before it disappears under the needle and that's been a good thing. 

I'm really proud of him.  The bottom isn't nearly as fwooshy as I'd make it, but that's my personal preference.  Now, he's just got to make sleeves, and he's all set. 

So, my goal this week...finish up my tunic (and it's 99% handwork at this point, so I can work on it on the drive to Houston for the Quilt Show) and get John's tunic and pants cut out.  I managed to score a yard and half of heavy heavy dark blue linen that I'm going to use to reinforce the elbows, the collar and the cuffs so that they don't wear so fast, but I'm still struggling to understand the directions in Levantia's books on the collar slit for Byzantine men's clothing, so John may have to suck up the center slit for now.  I'm going to scan the bloody pages in one of these days and see if anyone else can make heads or tails of them.

Honestly, I'm way behind where I wanted to be, garb-wise, but at least I'll have something for Baronial and if I can, I'd like to make another new tunic for BAM, or maybe...just maybe a cotehardie.  I have some pretty bubblegum pink twill that would make a lovely cote.  ;-)

Speaking of cotes...[info]attack_laurel has a page on an interesting stitch technique on an Elizabethan garment, and I'm wondering if we have any evidence of this being used any earlier, like...oh...on a cote?  I'd love to try this for a cote, before I start working on my Elizabethan.  Excuse me while I giggle like a fiend.  Yeah, after I work on Turkish, German and Byzantine.  And a cote.  Then I'll work on Elizabethan.  (Ah hahahahaha hahahaha hahahahahah...*wheeze*...ahahahahahahahahahahah!) 

BTW, if you're doing research, and you're not so used to it, anyone have a good outline of how you go about it?  I can do research for news stuff, but costume research is totally out of my league.  I just don't know how to do it. to the salt mines with me!

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  • Work.  It's driving me nuts.  However, I did totally redo my layout for a 20 page magazine in 10 hours yesterday.  I also think it looks pretty damn good.
  • Life.  I love mine.
  • Fighting.  I'm skeered and am punking out of fighting. 
  • Sewing.  I have something that I've been working on for a week now.  Should get that finished real soon now.
  • Con.  We're going to FenCon, and I'm almost done with John's "Core World Dandy" outfit.  :-)  It looks damn good if I do say so myself.
  • Also, went to a Cowboys game on Sunday.  O.  M.  G.  How fun!  I'm hooked. 
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I got the over-tunic mostly cut out last night.  I'm doing the long, "angel-wing" sleeves for the thing, and working in bands of a silk/cotton brocade for the decoration.  The neckline will also have the brocade as the facing, and I'd like to edge the sleeves with it too but right now, I'm stuck on whether to applique the bands on the upper arms, or use them as part of the sleeve itself, as a set-in "stripe." 

I'm torn because I'm not sure if it will look right to do one set-in band, and then the others appliqued on, although if I do the turned facing on the collar and cuffs it might blend all right, I think.  Maybe. 

Also, since I managed to lose the sleeve pattern, I'm going to be drafting these out my self. 

I also cut some gores to add to the sides, just to give the skirt more fullness, so we'll see how I like those.  I may end up hating them, and take them out, but we'll see.  The next project will be the wide fabric "girdle" or belt.  The book from Levantia shows a slightly thinner belt, but the other books I have show a wide belt with hanging strips on some figures. 

I found this necklace on ebay and I'm wondering if it would look right for a Byzantine outfit.  What do you think?  The clear stones appear to be a cabachon cut, which I like and is right, but I'm torn...

Did PT this morning, finally.  My room-mate and I got up, dragged ourselves to Camp Mabry and did PT.  Evidently he's bouncy and perky now.  *grumble grumble grumble* 

AND I forgot my stinking cell phone at home.  *grouch*

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Went to Sir Giotto's baby fighter practice last night.  Second time, just as good as the first.  :-)  I'm probably more sore today than I was last time, but we worked a lot more on form and getting the body mechanics right rather than just whacking at a pell.  :-)

I got some really good solid hits on the pell last night, and with the twist in the hips, rather than using just my puny little arm muscles, I feel like I'm going to land a solid flat snap, when I finally get the chance.  Yay!  It was good for my ego to hear "Holy shit!  You're knocking pieces off the pell!!!" when one of my best shots connected.  I'm not doing so hot with the "teleportation" trick, but I'll learn, and the offside blow is going to kick my ass, but my flat snap is developing nicely.  

BTW, anyone have a jpg of the Rhoadd wheel?  I've got a friend who is thinking about kicking back into his LJ and I thought it would be nice for him to have an icon.  I'm going to do an icon for him, actually a few, but I'm having trouble locating an actual image of the wheel.

So...that was my night.  I'm sure I'll have more to say later.

OH!  Am going to teach The Centurion a bit about sewing.  That's a scary thought.  Not because of him, mind you.  Because he's looking at *me* to teach him anything!

The first thing I have to do is teach him to SLOW DOWN.  Yes, your machine can reach warp speed, but the fabric is much harder to control and you'll be unhappy with the results!  Oh, and hand basting is your friend.  Yes, it takes a bit longer than pins, but really, the seams look so much better!  We're going to work on a cote for him for the Baronial at the end of October.  Have to see how it comes out, since I'd like to make one, too.  Oh, need to find a sleeve pattern! 

Okay, I'm about done for the moment.  I think.  Yeah...I am.

EDIT:  Nope, I'm not.  I got some copper silk dupioni, and after washing it and drying it and ironing it, I'm still not sure what I want to make!  (Yes, I washed, dried and ironed silk.  Because I refuse to make anything other than a coronation outfit [hahahahahahahahahahah!  *wheeze*  Ahahahahahahaha!!!!] that I can't chuck in the washer, pretty much.) 

It still looks lovely and still drapes well, with that characteristic silk rustle, but I'm not sure if I want to save it, find something to line it with to make a winter cotehardie, or if I want to make an over-tunic out of it.  It's going to have to be lined, no matter what I do with it, because it's just really light, but stil...what to do, what to do?

Also, I got John's black coat hemmed, finally!  We're attending the Browncoat Ball, and so, will be doing a sort of trial run of the Browncoat costumes at FenCon.  I'll be in my fancy browncoat, while John, a bit of a dandy, will be in his Core Worlds getup.  :-)  I need to add some fabric paint to the black coat to shine it up some, and snaps, and it will be done.  Go me.


Sep. 21st, 2008 11:47 am
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I finally finished the white tunic.  It's the first piece of garb I've made for myself in almost two years.  The seams are all finished, with either a felled finish, or French seamed.  The neck facing and sleeve facings are not interfaced with modern interfacing, but instead, I used two layers of the linen, and the way I finished them makes it all nice and neat.

The bottom one is a shot of the side-seam and the hem.  I started with hem stitches about every 1/8th inch, and while it took a LONG time to do, I like it.  It's a doubled hem, since the two inches I started with was still a wee bit too long, so I just rolled it up one more inch.  Overall, I like it a lot.   I had to fit it pretty extensively, but I think I'll be using the pattern again, just in a smaller size.
I'm pretty happy with myself, but I'm feeling kinda "meh" from the impending menstrual cycle.  Yuck.
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Well, cut out anyway.  Complete with dog hair. 

I started the white cotton/linen undertunic last night.  I'm going to do it a bit differently, to include the neck facing, as I think I'd like to turn it to the right side and have it neatly finished.  Also, think I'll be cuffing the sleeves, so that I have a nice sturdy edge.  Would like to do some couching on this, but I'm not sure.  Need a good source for wool yarn, too.  

So, I'm going to machine the long seams, and then turn and flat-fell them by hand.  IT's a bit of work, but honestly, after looking at John's tunic, it looks SO much nicer after being washed.  My room-mate has mentioned he'd like to learn more about sewing, so we're going to be doing some learning together.



Jun. 12th, 2008 10:26 am
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For those of you who make garb:

Tell me the most obnoxious (to modern eyes) color combination that you've found is *right* for your chosen period.  Then, if you can, include a link to something that shows it.

Bonus points if you can find really obnoxious Byzantine stuff.  :-D  I'm bringing my costuming and history books down, instead of putting them in storage, but for now, this should amuse me. 


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