We got to 12th night and I finished the last eyelet in the hotel room (it wouldn’t be 12th night if I wasn’t madly sewing in the room.)
It’s done!! It’s done!!
It turns out that I didn’t completely remove some of the markings on the inside of the garment. Just over my left breast it says “LF” in really large faintly purple letters. To hide this I wore a veil and wimple all day (as an aside, the wimple really did keep me nice and warm). I do think this will come out with the first washing.. but I was hesitant to wash this until after I wore it (what if the wool shrunk horribly and the garment became unwearable).
In the future I think I’ll mark the “LF”, “RF”, “LB”,”RB” at the hem edge of the garment.
The neck is too high in the back. It cuts into the back of my neck. I’ll need to rip out that seam and make it deeper.
[Edited to add: Years have passed (7 to be exact) and I’ve gotten much better at sewing. Be sure to check out my new 15th century waisted kirtle.]
One sleeve is done. Just one more to go. I decided to hand sew the sleeves as it gives them the right look. I’m using back stitches to attach them to the body of the garment and then a running stitch across the seam at the back of the arm. At the wrist I used a running stitch to roll back the edge and then a hemstitch to tack down the edge.
Edith came over and graciously agreed to help me fit sleeves for the dress. We fit them tight and then marked where the “real” seam should be. Then I cut them apart and moved the gap to the edge so that the “real” seam would be in the right place. I ended up trying on the dress several times to make sure the seams were in the right place.
Finished hem. I also finished most of the neck opening. Flying back to California tomorrow.
I instructed my cousin Mary (15 years old) how to mark the hem. She did a fine job for her first ever hem. Started hand sewing hem.
Yet more eyelets. Finished all but one eyelet. Good enough to try the dress on and mark the hem. When I went to try on the dress I realized that the lace that I’d set aside for this dress was too short. I fingerlooped a new lace in white silk (5-loop round braid)(about 1-2 hr to fingerloop). Flying to Montana tomorrow. Won’t be able to sew on plane. *sigh*