Linen Kampfrau

Diary started June 1, 2010
Progress:
June 2: Decided to go with Red Linen and fixated on using velvet ribbons for the guards.
June 6: Turned house and garage upside-down looking for ribbon. Gave up and bought more 2″ wide velvet washable ribbons and put the bodice together. Bodice is done.
June 9-12: Pleated skirt onto a band and attached the band to the bottom of the bodice.
June 16: Added one more hook/eye to the skirt closure and finished the front opening of the skirt. Cut skirt to length. Dress is altogether.
June 17: Added temporary machine hem (temporary until I replace it with a hand-done hem).

ToDo:
– finish the hem
– add skirt guards.
– need to pleat sleeves of the hemd.

Summary

“Aren’t you hot in that?”
Yeah.. so I finished my first Kampfrau.. and it’s smashing.. but it’s a bit warm. It will be perfect in the spring/fall.. but in the summer I may just melt (Winter is a -whole- other story.. but I’ll deal with that later).

Most of it I blame on the sleeves. I think if my arms were cooler I’d be more comfortable. The sleeves are all-one-piece and wool. I think with different sleeves it’d be perfectly usable for the summer. That said, I think I’m going to attempt to make a linen kampfrau dress that has -no- sleeves. My interpritation of the inspiration picture is that the hemd sleeve have fancy honeycomb pleating and those are what’s showing.

This has the added bonus of potentially being quick to sew(only need a bodice and a skirt). I’d love to be able to wear this dress for A&S (in two weeks) or at worst, for June Crown (in four weeks).

Details to include:

  • Dress made of linen
  • Simple front-closing bodice with hooks/eyes.
  • Long sleeved white linen hemd with pleatwork on the sleeves
  • Fancy pieced guard(?)/hem (stretch goal)


Inspirational Pictures

G. 615 Ro. 255 Tailor as Lansquenet and Seamstress c.1535 The German single-leaf woodcut, 1500-1550, Max Geisberg ; rev. and edited by Walter L. Strauss, New York : Hacker Art Books, 1974.

Cranach the Elder, Lucas 1512. Lucretia


Lucas Cranach: The Elder Magdelena of Saxony, 1529




Piecing

G. 615 Ro. 255 Tailor as Lansquenet and Seamstress c.1535 The German single-leaf woodcut, 1500-1550, Max Geisberg ; rev. and edited by Walter L. Strauss, New York : Hacker Art Books, 1974.

Lucas Cranach the Elder. Portrait of a Lady around 1513 oil on panel 47.0 x 35.0 cm The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario


Resources

Curious Frau

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