Waffenrock

Started on the pants last night. After 20 minutes of frustrated pinning of fabric Fearghus suggested the he has some ratty cloth pants that could be sacrificed to the pattern. It took all of 5 minutes to get the seam lines drawn in the right place and cut it out. It took much much longer to lay out the new…

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Kampfrau (Trossfrau)

Green and Gold Swiss Gown

Diary started August 1, 2006 Progress: “Finished” 5/30/2010. Dress is now wearable. Still has some finishing work to do on it. Summary So it turns out I look smashing in Germans. Whodathunk? So I’m willing to do it some more. This requires that I have more than one german gown. The Cranach type gown is lovely (see Cranach dress diary)..…

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Dress of the Court of Saxony

FedEx lied, but in a good way. Fabric arrived yesterday. The brown is acceptable. It’s not the “liver” color I wanted.. but it’s good enough. I tried to place the sleeve caps. Hard to do when one side is behind your back.. and that’s the side you need to pin down. I’ll wait on “Open Project Night” (tomorrow) and hope…

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Kampfrau (Trossfrau)

Trossfrau/Kampfrau/Swiss Style Dress

This style is seen around 1530 in the wood cuts “The German single-leaf woodcut, 1500-1550″ by Max Geisberg and in the Triumph of Maximillian. Identifying details: – Closed front opening possibly laced or hook/eye. – Predminantly square neckline both front and back (though there are examples of round front/back necks) – Guarding follows the neckline and along the edge of…

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Holbein

German: Holbein (1526’s)

Diary started August 1, 2006 Dress research in progress. Summary Research and Background Details to include: Inspirational Pictures Holbein, Hans the YoungerLais of Corinth1526Limewood, 34,6 x 26,8 cmKunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basle Holbein, Hans the Younger Venus and Amor 1524-25 Limewood, 34,6 x 26,2 cm Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basle Cranach the Elder, Lucas(German, 1472-1553)Herodias, about 1530.Oil on panel

Dress of the Court of Saxony

Third verse, same as the first

So. Worked on bodice on Sunday. Learnings: Temporary lacing strips are the bomb! If gap between left and right-hand-side of front of dress is say 3 inches wide.. you need a horrendously long lace to tie it closed (longer than my normal 36″ long silk lace) When you have a gap, say 3 inches wide.. and there’s no strong fabric…

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Waffenrock

I added the sleeves 26×30 (30 is the length of the arm) and gusset (8.5″x8.5″). Because I started with 60″ wide linen it’s plenty roomy. No need to add gores. The sleeves are about 10 inches longer than his arms. This is on purpose. I added cuffs and gathered (knife pleated) the sleeve into the cuff. This gives the shirt…

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Waffenrock

Last night I finished the outer band for the collar. It looks like a collar. It fits around his neck and does indeed look like it’ll close without choking him. He’s a little amused because at the moment the shirt resembles a poncho with a fancy collar. I’ll fix that tonight by adding sleeves. Progress is good.

Waffenrock

Last night I added the inner band to the collar. I really like the way it’s looking. I cut out a strip of linen about 2 1/2 inches wide by 60 inches long. I ironed it flat and then ironed edge folds into it. I think it’s about 1″ wide once the folds were added. I cut off 23 inches…

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Waffenrock

After looking at lots and lots and lots of pictures I’ve finally started on this project. The first piece I’m making for him is the undershirt. I’m making a neckline as is seen in this woodcut. I cut out two panels of linen 60″x60″. At the center of one I cut the front neck slit. I then sewed these together…

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