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Underbodice Again (I seriously need to get faster at making dresses)

Underbodice Again (I seriously need to get faster at making dresses)

We keep meeting here. I’ve often joked that every time I fit myself for a new self-supportive kirtle I lose 50 lbs (friends have also remarked that if that really worked then they would never stop fitting themselves for new kirtles). So here I am […]

Walking it back

Walking it back

In my last post about my new bodice fitting based on the methods described in Mathew Gnagy’s book “The Modern Maker” and the pattern published on his facebook page (the pattern which will be included in his soon to be published pattern book(!!!)) I went […]

Projects for Perfectly Period Feast – Burgundy

Projects for Perfectly Period Feast – Burgundy

“The West Kingdom Perfect Period Feast – Burgundy Guild (PPF-Burgundy Guild) is dedicated to exploring the time and culture of Burgundy in the fifteenth century with a goal of producing a Perfectly Period Feast on the theme in Fall of 2017.” The Perfectly Period Feast […]

Just a bit off the sides

Just a bit off the sides

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. Pictured here is the amount of fabric I removed from both sides of ONLY the front pattern piece of the bodice that took it from “filling in the cone in a not entirely flattering manner” and “actually working as a flattering and […]

“Yes, but where do my boobs go?” Part 2

“Yes, but where do my boobs go?” Part 2

After much thrashing about I’ve finally landed on a “Low-neck bodice” pattern that’s close to fitting me. Close.. but not quite there. Our story so far: (see also Part 1) I need a new kirtle. I’ve lost 50 lbs and my old kirtles are just […]

Ball walker

Ball walker

Be a ball walker!

The continuing pursuit of a better kirtle

The continuing pursuit of a better kirtle

“Goals. Someday I want my garb to hang like a well made suit.” – Posted by me on Facebook Feb. 5, 2017. Un traje para Pitti Uomo 89 Posted by Sastrería Serna on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 I’ve often joked that every time I fit […]

NESAT XIII: The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution

NESAT XIII: The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution

Hinting at the answer to the question: “Were modern tailoring techniques in use prior to the 16th century?” Lengberg, exciting for more than just bras. The paper .pdf that accompanies this video can be found here: Peasants and Servants. Deliberately concealed garments, textiles and textile […]

Taylor’s Thimble

Taylor’s Thimble

“Goals. Someday I want my garb to hang like a well made suit.” – Posted by me on Facebook Feb. 5, 2017. Thank you eBay. Stupid things that make me absurdly happy. 1600-1700 brass open top thimble From Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns(p. 9): The tailor […]

Parable of Miles and the Knight

Parable of Miles and the Knight

The parable of Miles and the Knight: http://chuckandelaine.com/wonder/miles_knight.html. This is as applicable to the Laurel/Apprentice/artisan relationship as it is to the Knight/Squire/fighter. Some people aren’t willing to ask for help and would rather hack at the trees themselves. This isn’t wrong but is the hardest […]