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.

soldiergrrrl: (big blue)
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!
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I read about people putting stuff together in two days and I wonder what the hell I'm doing wrong.  For me, even an easy project is at least a couple of days, and usually weeks. 

However, I did FINALLY get the serger working last night, and get the sleeves put together.  Now, I'm going to put the lining and the body of the cote together and see what it all looks like.  Then, I'll see about making a few more. 


Not sure what other fabrics I'm going to use, but I'm sure I'll find something.  Cotton twill would be nice and I do have some lovely silk, but I need to make sure that's back with a very very strong lining fabric to take most of the stress off the silk.  The cote is very fitted, and it has to be to support the breasts, but I'm worried that the silk will just shred if it's not back with something very stable.  Not heavy, necessarily, but stable.  Just something very tightly woven.  Probably a cotton sheeting.

If anyone's got any advice for making a very fitted cote from silk (why yes, I am looking at HRH at the moment, but she's really busy, so I'm not looking TOO hard....), would you tell me your solution?
The silks are from this post, the one with all the fabric pictures.  :-)  I am trying to avoid buying more silk, like twill.  So far, I'm successful.
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*bleah*  I am run down, but very excited.

Yesterday, we went to Saginaw to meet up with a lovely lady, Amalia of Elfsea and she kindly provided a pattern for a cote for me.

Also, because her personal cotes fit me like a very lovely glove, I bought two of her used cotes.  Yay!  I also have some lovely corduroy in the wash.  I have about seven yards of the cinnamon colored, so if I need to, I may do a parti-colored cote.  It may have to be brown and white, simply due to the yardage.

Alternately, I could do a grey and white cote.  That would be awfully pretty.

Anyway, also, we went to Round Table, also known as Red Tape.  John took the herald warranting class, while I took the seneschal's class.  I am not a seneschal right now, but we are trying to get a Stronghold formed near Ft. Hood.  That means that we'll be trying for Incipient status in the next few months, so we'll be filing shadow reports to get a paper trail going.

Excuse me while I flail about.

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Okay...not the best pictures ever, but this will at least give you an idea of what I'm talking about...All of these were taken in natural light with a flash to highlight.  So...what do you think?

Warning!  IMAGE HEAVY!

Welcome to my parlour, said the Spider to the Fly... )


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