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Friday, June 19th, 2009
1:56 pm
My next project: Cranach gown of DOOM!
This is what's coming up next:


I've been planning on recreating this dress for a looooong time, and when I heard that Midwinter Feast this year has a decadence/excess theme, I figured that it was now or never :) That beading is going to take me ages! I've had the black velveteen lying around for a couple of years now, so I'm really glad I'm finally going to put it to use. I have everything I need for the dress, and this is what it has cost me:

~10m Black velveteen: $80 (bought on special a few years ago when velveteen was still cheap to start with)
~5m red velveteen: $55 (bought on special a week or two ago)
~LOTS of plastic pearl beads $40 (I know, I know, plastic is icky, but I found some that are a nice colour and don't look too bad, and seriously, I couldn't afford glass ones in that quantity let alone real!)
~1.5m cotton drill for bodice inter-lining: $1.50 (bought on special- it's hideous pink!)
~3m black calico for lining bodice and sleeves: $12
~6m white voile for chemise and puff/slashes: $24
~Black and red thread - already have them, so it feels like they're free :) I'll probably need more before it's over though.
~brass lacing rings: approx. $10
~black ribbon for lacing up: $2

... So the dress is costing me about $225. If I'd bought all that fabric full price today, I shudder to think how much more it'd be.

I will also need some white feathers for hat decoration and some gold or orange silk for the caul. That will almost certainly push the overall cost over $250...

Yikes. I could never have afforded all this in one hit what with being an impoverished student and all, so I'm really glad I've been planning this for a while!

Current Mood: excited
10:27 am
Filling in the gap...
Well, I've been slack updating here again. Sadly, just as I found the cables that go with my camera, I lost my thumbdrive :( I had a great entry planned with photos of all the garb I've made in the last year or so, but now I can't transfer the photos onto a computer that has net access! Argh! But, I did find some pictures of me and Ze Boyfriend on flickr, looking (at least somehwat) spiffy in our garb :D So all is not lost.


Images are under the cuts. There are a few of them, and some are a little bit BIG. Just so you know.

In the last year, I have made:

1. Blue and red linen/cotton blend Nuremberg style dress + some accessories.Collapse )

2. For lavaeolus, some blue tudor garb with gold couchingCollapse )

I have also done a whole stack of mending and altering some of my earlier garb to make it stronger/more fitted/more period. Mostly that's been shirts and dress hems and so on, which is kinda boring, so I won't post pics of that stuff. When I get a new thumbdrive, though, there will be pictures that demonstrate how dramatically my handsewing skills have improved in the last few years! Those pictures also contain gratuitous kitten-lying-on-fabric photos, which I think no real sewing journal can be complete without. Hopefully I'll be able to post those soon.

I've also done a fair bit of sewing on real life clothes. I might post some pictures later?

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
9:02 pm
Nuremberg stuff :)
So nyaow told me I needed to post something here... And I agree, I do!

Well, I still can't find the cables for my camera, or indeed, the camera itself :S However, I do have some resource pictures of what my current project is. It's an early German renaissance dress, the style of which is fairly specific to Nuremberg and its surrounding area.

This first picCollapse ) (The Ill Assorted Couple- Albrecht Duerer) is the one that inspired my love for this style. See the fullness of the skirt! The whacky pleats! The chain and brooches across the bodice! The alien-queen hat!

This second picCollapse ) (Aristotle and Phyllis- Master of the Housebook) is the one that shows the entire outfit I'd like. While slightly earlier, and thus showing some differences in the style of the gown, I adore everything about what she's wearing from the nappy-hat with braids poking out, to the schaube (trenchcoat thingy), to the pointy dainty tips of her pointy dainty shoes. Also, the total minx attitude this lady has is just awesome.

I have made this style before, but as it was the first dress of its kind made in Aneala (W.A., for non-SCAdians) I was a bit clueless and so were the ones helping me. It was also made of cotton poplin, a very lightweight fabric, because I wanted a nice, lightweight dress- but of course, these are supposed to be made out of wool and other heavier weave fabrics to keep you warm in the European winter... so it looks a little weird.

After a brief search of all the photo archives I could find, I only found this photoCollapse ) which isn't all that flattering and doesn't show off the dress at all. That's me in the green, standing to the left of their Excellencies on the thrones, for those of you who don't know me in real life. The awful slouch is because it was the final morning of Pencampwr, and I was all worn out. The weird way the skirt is hanging in front is because I'd hitched it up over my belt a little so I wouldn't trip while I was packing up camp.

Anyway, the one I'm currently making is looking much better; I'm making it out of a royal blue cotton-linen blend, and it hangs beautifully. It is also fully lined with hand-dyed red linen, which I hope will look stunning when I hitch the skirt over my belt :)

Pictures will be up as soon as I've got them!

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
1:04 pm
Oh dear!
It's been an even longer time between updates this time! I have some pretty good excuses though, in the form of a Major Life Interruption which began in early December of '06 and continued until quite recently.

I've done a heap of SCA sewing between last update and now, as well as various items of everyday clothing and a cocktail dress. But time is short and I can't find the cables that go with my camera, so photos of all of that stuff isn't an option just at the moment.

What I will show you is the 1920's(ish) flapper dress + accessories I made a few days ago, as worn at a party last night :) Photos courtesy of etimodnar.

PhotobucketMy wobbly attempt at a standard "Charleston" kinda pose :P

I tried my best to tailor the dress into squishing me into a proper, boyish 20s silhouette, but was only partially successful- the fringing hid a lot, but curves and cleavage are still visible in this one :( I guess I kinda knew I was doomed to failure on that score anyway though! Too hard with my figure.

Waking up lavaeolus when it was time to go :)


If only I'd been able to find the other matching shoe before I left... the silver ones look plain odd with my smurf-coloured fishnets! Alas, I have one blue shoe and the other has vanished :( I am very sad.

Enough for now! More when I have photos of other stuff 'n' stuff!

Current Mood: exanimate
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
2:14 pm
My goodness, it has been a while since I updated this!

Well, I haven't been doing all that much sewing. I still haven't done anything with the summer fabrics I mentioned last post- I'm sure they'll come in handy in a few months' time though :D

The sewing I have done includes:
1. Leather juggling balls for lavaeolus (yes, I know it's not clothes and it wasn't really sewing... well, it was, but anyway... it was art and crafty, right?)
2. Basic SCA garb in the form of t-tunics. Not my fabric; they are part of college loaner garb, but they just happen to fit me :P
3. A cloak for SCA use (black cotton drill, lined with bright blue flannelette)
4. Various chemises/petticoats/udergarments for SCA use.
5. Half a black cotton tudor-esque tysca effort, for wearing at camping weekends. Must finish this before Championship!
6. Half-finished a mockup for Flares of DOOM- which were supposed to be finished before winter started :P But which I hope to get done this week (har har).

In the meantime, I have enormous piles of fabric lying around the place, cluttering up every available surface and generally being a nuisance until it gets made into garb. As well as all the summer fabrics mentioned above, I have:

1. lavaeolus' fabric for tysca sorta court garb
2. 6m purple cotton drill for some kind of tourney dress
3. 10m pink drill for making mockups with
4. 5m white linen, for shirts/chemises
5. 2m white cotton sheeting (very wide!), for shirts/chemises
6. 6m royal blue velvet for making a tudor dress
7.a) 10m black velveteen for another Cranach dress (+ accessories)
b) 5m purple velveteen for another Cranach dress (+ accessories)
8. 2m fancy stretch denim for Flares of DOOM
9. A box full of College fabric/scraps/trim/stuff that needs to be torn apart and remade
10. Countless amounts of other stuff I'm forgetting about.

I hereby ban myself from fabric shopping until I've halved this list of fabric. (Except for if it's less than half the normal price, cause then it's worth it, dammit!)

Now, I'll get to work doing some of this...

Current Mood: creative
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
2:51 pm
Summer's gone!
I got a really cool skirt for Christmas, but didn't have any tops that went with the colours.

These are what I came up with:

1. Purple topCollapse )

Not a particularly brilliant effort, but I still like it.

2. Green topCollapse )

I also started making a blue sleeveless thingy in a completely different style, not to go with the skirt, but just because I wanted it. I can't find the buttons I bought to go on it though, which is pissing me off to no end cause I was nearly done.

I have also bought black and silver sequined fabric, light green cotton crepe, and some light blue polycotton blend with flowery embroidered bits... and I don't know what I'm going to do with them. I'm sure I had ideas at the times when I bought them, but now I haven't a clue!

Last day of holidays, so I ought to try and make something out of them now so I have clothes for uni.

Current Mood: productive
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
10:25 pm
:D In My Pants!
I just made pants. Yay! Without a pattern. Yay! And they're stripey. Yay! And it only cost $6. Yay! And I have enough leftover to make... something. A bag perhaps. Yay!!!

Erm, yes. Pictures taken in poor lighting using a mirror that definitely needs a clean. Therefore, I am including a close-up of the fabricCollapse ), so that you can better imagine the coolness of my new pants instead of scratching your head in bemusement at the crappy nastiness.

Pants!Collapse )

Yay, pants!

Current Mood: IN MY PANTS!
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
12:38 am
Dear me, I have been slack in updating here. Well, I took a few photos as I went... but none of them are all that interesting, so here we have pictures of the finished product. My apologies for the crappiness of these- I tried fiddling with brightness, contrast etc etc etc but this was the best I could do.

My Cranach DressCollapse )

Isn't it just the prettiest style ever?

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
5:38 pm
Would you believe that Spotlight is completely out of white lawn????? They don't have any cream or ivory coloured lawn either. Rah!

So I got voille to make the blouse instead. Which cost more. And also wasn't white- it's a creamy off-white sort of colour. And it's more see-through than lawn. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Anyhow, that's what I've got to work with, so that's what I'm working with. It's going to be an interesting challenge figuring out a) how exactly the pattern pieces are meant to fit together and b) how to smock!

Seriously, I have no idea about smocking, so this is going to be a very odd experiment for me. I really hope it works out! It's only $8 for another 2m of voille though, so if I screw it up it's not the end of the world. At least, not entirely.

The only helpful website I've found so far:


I'll keep on looking for instructions in the hopes that I can figure out what the hell I'm supposed to do. Wish me luck!

Current Mood: nervous
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
5:07 pm
Pattern drafting
Warning: Many images.

One of these days, I'm going to have to do a pattern drafting course. In the mean time, I seem to be muddling along okay :) I'd never have got as far as I have if I hadn't found cutting diagrams for Mary of Hungary's wedding dress:


I've had a big sewing day today. I started out by checking the cutting diagram actually had everything in proportion by making a paper cut-out version of the bodiceCollapse )
Okay, I probably didn't need to do that, but it was fun anyway. I almost wish I had a Barbie to dress in it.

This dress is a bit different to the one I'm making- my finished dress should look a little something like thisCollapse ).

So, using a huge old Christmas tablecloth that was never going to see the light of day again for my mock-up, I spent most of today measuring, re-measuring, cutting, stitching, unpicking, re-stitching, and generally fiddling around until I got it kinda right. The best part of today was when I realised I was finished. Well, mostly, anyhow.Collapse )

This has been an absolute joy so far. It's a much easier pattern than I'd originally thought. I'm also pleasantly surprised at how easy the sleeves were. Something I hadn't previously thought about was that the puff/slash sleeves mean you don't have to tailor around the joints- YAY! Makes life a whole heap easier.

Another plus is that it's used a lot less fabric than I thought it would; approximately 6m has gone into this, total. I'll need a bit more than that (the skirt is short- look, toes!). But it's not so astronomically huge that I'll be broke for the next 10 years.

Tomorrow: starting on making a proper blouse to go underneath, and possibly fabric shopping for the Real Thing.

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, September 26th, 2005
6:57 pm
The corset is complete!Collapse )

Things to bear in mind for next time:
1. Use a pattern that has tabs! I thought that the pressure at the waist couldn't possibly be all that bad, since it isn't designed to pull the waist in. I was wrong. I forgot that the waist is where all the weight is ultimately being rested, and I'm fairly weighty. Ergo, the waist pinches a little, and I'd really rather it didn't.
2. Use more boning on the sides/back, or maybe just use stiffer fabric or boning.
3. Adding straps would probably be a good idea, but I really can't be stuffed.

I think I may end up making a better chemise to go with this dress, as this one just isn't all that good. The back is especially dodgy. It was made to go under a cotehardie, so I thought all my little errors wouldn't matter... But since it's entirely possible that it will be visible around the neckline, a new one might be a very good idea indeed.

And I think I've got my measurements for the bodice section of the actual dress right, so tonight (or maybe tomorrow) I'll start cutting out the mock-up.

I feel so accomplished :D

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
1:12 pm
Well, corsetry research is DIFFICULT.

After ruling up large grids of square-inch-ness to draw patterns on, I'm NOT DOING ANY MORE.

I've decided to go with the Elizabethan corset pattern, because dammit, I'm sick of ruling out squares and I can't find instructions on how to make the Florentine bodice (which I suspect would be much better).

So. I'll try to make it, and see how it goes.

If it doesn't work out, I will kick and scream and tear out my hair and end up wearing a strapless bra because at times like these, what else is there to do?

Current Mood: aggravated
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
1:07 pm

I think this site is going to be very very useful to me within the coming days; I have no idea what kind of corset to use under a Cranach dress, having recieved wildly differing advice on the construction of a supportive layer for it. Some say that I should just stiffen the outer dress with canvas and this will work out, regardless of my size. Some say that I should have a seperate supportive layer. I can't afford to bone an entire corset with my usual fallback of featherlite boning, and I have a feeling that it would be very uncomfortable if I were to try.

Now, if only I could figure out what shape of bodice I'm going to use...

Current Mood: curious
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