Making garb again…

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Sep 112017

Jasper has reminded me that not only do I need to get my scroll assignment done, but I also need to work on a set of new garb for him to wear to the October events. I don’t have enough time this morning to work on it (since I need to pin him in one place to do the draping (I also need to find the muslin I have..somewhere…)
He wants a fuller cotehardie than what he has at present, and I need to make him a cloak as well so he doesn’t freeze. I really do need to call about getting an eye exam since my glasses are really getting bad. *sigh* I just feel like that’s an extra bit of effort that I don’t want to have to deal with at the moment (the eye exam crap etc.)

So I guess I’m going to be busier than normal this week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Did you say Crullers? oh, wait…Crispenettes?

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Mar 272016

Right, We’re not talking about tasty donuts…we’re talking about hair-thingies that I could wear on my head when in 15th century garb! I don’t know whqat it is about that that made them seem so appealing to me (the crispinettes–not the crullers–since french crullers are super tasty). But I keep seeing photos online of women wearing them with cotehardies and looking pretty spiffy. I figured, okay, let’s see what would really go into making a pair for me to wear.

After doing some internet research, and consulting a few books in the library (on theatrical costumes rather than actual historical clothing) I decided I’d just start somewhere and run with it and see where I ended up (rather than going the whole “think it through” thing. I’m not sure if that was a good or a bad decision.

Anyhow, I decided to take my false hair I bought last year (yes, I’ve been planning on making these for a while. It’s only just now that I decided to sit my rump down and do it.)

I got the hair off the peg I had it hung on, grabbed a scrap of wool fabric (given to me by the very lovely and kind Lady Abigail Kelhoge) and cut the wool into 2 circles (randomly sized by using the top of a yogurt lid(the big yogurt tub, not the individual serving ones).

Then I did a running stitch along the outsides of each of them and ended up with 2 “puffs” of black wool. I took the 1st braid of hair (after I’d bought it last year at Sally’s (it’s kanekalon which is rather hideous but perfect for this particular application) for 1.99 a pack (2 packs = 2 large thick braids. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I stuffed the end of the first braid into the “puff” and began to loosely sew it to the wool puff-base. I realized pretty quickly that I was going to have to find a way to keep the hair in place while sewing it down. The best I could come up with was using some quilting pins (extra long) to try to pin it in place while I worked it around. It worked ok but I think if I make them again at a later date I will try some other method.

Note: I didn’t use standard sewing thread–I used embroidery thread (like they use for tatting) which was black so as to blend in with theย  wool and the fake hair. That part worked out pretty well.

Now, I’m trying to figure out the best way to treat the backsides of them and how I am eventually going to attach them to my head! I’ll keep you updated as I work.

Garb…must make garb….Fencing garb too?

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Feb 142016

So here I am thinking about garb for the spring and summer events. And what I have that will be comfy…

Currently my wardrobe consists of the following:

    • 1 teal short-sleeved button down cotehardie. It’s made of a wool/cotton blend and is a nice color for me. It’s comfortable and has great “swish” factor because I made the gores on it extra wide. (I’m a sucker for swish!)

    • 1 navy blue long sleeved front lacing cotehardie (made to wear under the short-sleeved in fall/winter)


    • 1 ultramarine blue long sleeved button down cotehardie. It’s made of light weight linen and is great for summer, mid-late spring and indoor events with a temperature around 67 degrees or higher.

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    • 1 black sideless surcote (very heavy wool)
    • The Red dress of frustration got gifted to Amber, for her to use at any events she might go to. It suits her coloring perfectly so I’m glad to be done with it.

So that leaves me with a grand total of 3 gowns. That almost balances out at 1 per year. I’d like to make some more, and a new veil out of lighter weight linen (my veil feels very heavy when it is on my head).

Hmm, I do have that teal one I made for Kingdom Champs –but it was such a rush job–I’m not sure how well it looks by itself…I guess I’ll have to pull it out and take a look. I didn’t have the chance to make the front closures (lacing or buttons) so I had to be sewn into it for the event. I definitely don’t want to have to do that again so I’ll get it out and see how it works and if it’s good enough it’ll get buttons. If not then it’ll get laces and be relegated to permanent under-dress status.

Now, as far as fabric on hand goes I don’t have much.

What I’ve got is:

  • Offcuts and scraps from the teal and navy blue gowns.
  • Some tan colored fabric that is a wool/cotton blend but it doesn’t do anything for me and Jasper doesn’t care for it won’t wear it. I dunno. Maybe I’ll try dyeing it at some point?
  • About 5 yards of a silk twill but it’s a very pale periwinkle/lavender blue and it doesn’t look good with either of our complexions. I guess it will end up lining something…someday.
  • 4 yards of navy blue medium weight linen. (I’m thinking of using this to make Jasper another cote)
  • 2.5 yards of some natural colored/buff linen (again, probably use it for linings)
  • I do have a beautiful blue wool (100%)that I have been saving forever because I didn’t feel competent enough as a seamstress to use it in a way that respected the fabric. Now I’m more practiced I could probably use it to make a cotehardie with buttons. Maybe. But I’d like to make it after I lose some of the poundage I put on in the last 5 months.

And on top of all that, I need to commit to a style of fencing armor that I like and make it for myself. I got the schlager, got the mask (am waiting on the gorget to be returned after the fit is corrected) so now all I need to get started is armor. I have fabric put aside for that.

Of course I’m working at a slight disadvantage. I’ve gained back 30 pounds–which remarkably enough all my sca garb does still fit me ok.ย ย  I guess I should really work on fencing armor/garb so I can start doing it. But it all kind of feels overwhelming right now, you know?

Prepping for Pax 2015…I’m starting to panic….

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Jun 182015

I’m doing my best to get garb made for me and Jasper. Pax is coming up shortly (June 26-28). It’s an important event for a couple of reasons– 1) it’s a weekend / camping event. I haveb’t been to one in decades and Jasper hasn’t been to one–ever. I think the most fun and magical times I have had in the SCA were when I was at an overnight event. and 3) Secret!
Soooo…how am I doing on getting us ready?
Reservations made? Check!
Camping reserved & paid for? Check!
Jasper’s Garb made & ready to go? Um, no…not quite….The cotehardie is made and fits him well. But there are a bazillion buttons and buttonholes to be put on it (I think there are something like 25 buttons on each sleeve and something like 48 buttons down the front. There are so many buttons….all made by my needle stabbed hands ๐Ÿ˜‰
My garb made and ready to go? No. Definitely not.Lots of buttons on that too, as well as needing hemming and tweaks on the fit.

I really have to hustle otherwise Jasper will have to go in his viking garb (which is too tight across the chest) and I’ll have to wear wool and be hot. Eeeew. Even if I stay up all night after we get there I gotta get it all done! I must!

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