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November 15, 2006

Keeping time

Picture taken by Arganteiline at Mists Fall Investiture, Nov 2006
Necklace fob that's a watch face. Very nice for keeping time discretely. And if you wear it on a black string.. it can take the place of the ubiquitous black string seen on late period german and italian garb.


November 8, 2006

Woot! Lower sleeves went together very quickly. These have straight "hedgehogs"** unlike the upper sleeves where the top "hedgehogs" followed the curve of the armcye.

All said I think it took 2-3 hours to do both sleeves and to re-do the gold part that goes over my hands. I just need to hand-finish the flat-felled seam and tidy up the seam on the yellow and these will be done.

The more I think about this project the more fiddly things I find that need to be done. *sigh*

Left to do:

  • Attach fake chemise sleeve to the bottom of the upper sleeve and the top of the lower sleeve.
  • Add laces between top and bottom of sleeves
  • Attach the last of the lacing rings. I think I have 3 left.
  • Try on dress and see if I need to add additional hook/eye to the top of the brustfleck.
  • Make hats
  • Finish the last raw seams on the inside of the dress. Bind the arm seams, finish the others (may not happen until after Mists Investiture)

Between Mists Investiture and 12th night:

  • Finish appliqueing the guards and eliminate the butt-ugly topstitching
  • Dye socks into red/white vertical stripes
  • More decoration on the brustfleck
  • Finish beading the caul
  • Possibly embroider on the guards (mmmm black embroider on gold guards)
  • Make a super-thin silk dickie that goes all the way up to my neck.

** Mari taught a class and used three terms to refer to fancy things we do to our sleeves. I'm pretty certain her terms are personal rather than documentable :) Hedgehogs are the little bumps on the sleeves.

November 6, 2006

It's not going as quickly now that there's not an immediate looming deadline.. but it is going. The bodice it now completely attached to the skirt. The part across the front where there is no bodice is attached to a piece of wool and then attached to the bottom of the white placket.

I'm still toying with the idea of leaving the placket out.. but I'm not ready to do that by this next weekend. I've added a hook-and-eye to the top of the skirt and have trimmed the skirt (had to remove about 6 inches with the move from pipe-organ pleats to cartridge pleats). This opening is now pinned. I've also pinned the upper part of the sleeves into the bodice.

Still to do:

  • Sew the skirt closed with a french seam(leave it open for the last 3-4 inches)
  • Turn and finish the edges around the skirt closure(the last 3-4 inches).
  • Sew on the upper sleeves
  • bind the seams of the sleeves on the inside (may happen after Mists Investiture)
  • Make the bottom half of the sleeves
  • Make a hat

It's looking pretty good that this will all get done by this weekend.

November 1, 2006

Peri-oid looking cooler

Paper mache over a cooler to get a cooler cooler (that looks like a leather trunck).