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I have been very bad about updating my livejournal. Partly because writing updates on facebook is much faster, partly because I've been working on "secret" projects so couldn't update continually without spoiling things. Partly because LJ has lost some of its readership to the aforementioned fb, me included.

My 39:th project: AoAAh well, there is plenty to talk about now then. I've done scrolls, quite a few.
I did a backlog scroll for Elisabeth Gottfridsdotter. She received her AoA at Midsummer Coronation in 2009 from Franz and Willhelmina, and this spring I took over the backlog and finished it for her as number 39 (here before gilding).

My 40:th project: Vita Portens Väktare40 (to the left), 41 and 42 were all given out at Nordmark Coronet (Stigot's VPV, SvartulvR and Elizabeth's viscounty) plus a prize scroll which I forgot to number it gets to be #47. It was the prize scroll for the A&S Competition, and went to Niamh.

#43 was a Court Barony with Grant of Arms for Felicitas Schwartzenbergin that she got upon stepping down as Gotvik Baroness at St Egon. I had no time to also make Clemen's CB scroll which irks me a little, but that's reality.

#44 was filling in the calligraphy on a blank scroll, Lali Ingermarsdotter received a Ljusorden (Nordmark A&S award) also given at St Egon.

The Queen (Siobhan) went off to an event down in Frankmark on her own and two gentles down there received Award of Arms, so Franck vom Berg and Carrisma vom Berg got scrolls 45 and 46. Thankfully I only had to do calligraphy for those as the Queen had a couple of blanks ready.

At Double Wars I was roped into some stunt scribing - doing calligraphy on two scrolls. One backlog for Eira and Torbjörn given to Hroald Pai (48) and a PCS for Vitus Flavius (#49). These two I have no pictures of at all unfortunately. I didn't have the wits about me to take pictures of them.

For Double Wars I also made a shirt for Sir William of Richwood's vigil, and a table-runner with his device, initials and a Knight's chain. I also half-finished a napkin with a Dragon Rose emblem. I chose to do a slightly too large rose to be able to finish it, so I am still working on it. Stigot won it in the raffle at the end of the war, so I know where it needs to end up :)

Backing up again, I finished a black (cotton) velvet 16th C gown for Nordmark Coronet Tourney which might be my new favourite item of clothing. It's wool-lined so nice and warm, it fits just right, and has sleeves. Plus it fills the slot of 'black velvet gown' that I've needed in my wardrobe. I wore it in the pretty dismal weather conditions at the Coronet and was not even a little cold where it covered me. And it looks pretty good too.


Silk painting: Finished flagDuring the Easter holidays we booked a little household activity: painting silk standards. Isabetta did most of the preparations and brought the paints, gutta, brushes, paper for templates and she and William purchased lumber for frames. Me and Edricus and Helwig and Johann rounded out the numbers and we worked pretty much a full day on Friday, Sunday and Monday to paint eight silk standards. We each made a personal one and me and Helwig cooperated to make two household standards with the remaining two bits of silk. Mine still needs to be hemmed and attach a sleeve to put it on a pole. William, Isabetta and Edricus' standards all flew at Double Wars, and the two household flags were set up in William's vigil tent and looked awesome.

I also made a little patchwork pouch for Kerstin of Medeltidsmode. The pincushion I made for myself was stuffed with fabric samples from her, and the remaining pieces of wool samples I made up into a little bag, lined it with more of her summer-weight wool and then I braided a silk drawstring for it. She liked it when I handed it over to her at Double Wars :) The only picture of that one though, is from a distance and not very good. Again, I finished it on site and forgot to take my camera out!

Lately I've been working on a bit of leather tooling. I took a class during Double Wars, and it de-mystified the craft for me and gave me the courage to try it. I'm going to enter my first piece in the Kingdom A&S Competition at Coronation. Just because I was already going to write documentation to go with it, and a deadline is sometimes a good thing. It's supposed to also be a "secret" project, so until it reaches the recipient I won't post photos. Also, it's not 100% finished either :)

And now, I will post the above, and go see about uploading photos to update this post with shortly.
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I am still a little foggy as I've been well struck-down with a cold after the Coronet Tourney my shire put on this weekend. But I have some things to report.

Firstly, the pincushion cube is completely finished and put to use already, and it's working out just as well as I had hoped. And the side with raised embroidery worked out even better, because I can store sewing needles through the raised bits, without them falling out, or disappearing into the cube. Double-score. Although my next pincushion will be a little bit shorter, and twice as wide as it is deep, and I will design the raised embroidery better to catch the tips of needles.

Secondly, I did three scrolls for this weekend, one Principality level fighting award for Lord Stigot, and the viscounty scrolls for the departing couple SvartulvR and Elizabeth. I did all three in a grant letter style, so basically all calligraphy. For Stigot's I did paint a white portal in the initial letter, though, using fake gold leaf which I just got and had to try out.

For the Viscounty scrolls I doodled in the initial letter, and added a few personal touches in the scrollwork. I also made them on real parchment. I'm pleased with the results for all three, and the recipients seemed to appreciate them :) They only lack seals, and I know SvartulvR has a kit to attach it to theirs. I might see if I can talk to someone local to add it to Stigot's.

I also finished a new dress for this weekend. I bought a black cotton velvet bedspread in Morjärv once upon a time... thinking I could turn it into a 16th Century gown, and I finally did. Most construction seams are done on the machine, and I patterned the bodice after my red kirtle which I adore. And since I wore the black gown all day Saturday with no discomfort or ill effect I now also adore this black one. I had a beige and black trim in my stash which I decorated the bodice with, also as a decoration around the hem, and down the seams in the sleeves. Ah, yes, it is long-sleeved, square necked, and has a slight dip in the front bodice where the skirt lies flat. The back panel of the skirt is gathered using knife pleats all pointing towards the centre back. For once I also remembered to have someone take nice photos of me in the new dress :)

I unfortunately do not have pictures of these items ready to post yet. But figured I should update this poorly neglected blog with some happy news.

At Nordmark Coronet Tourney and Aros Spring Sword and Buckler II our little household grew! Helwig took a fourth apprentice in Lady Isabetta del Verde. Which was awesome.

And I got to see Viscountess Filippa's gift-wrapping-paper dress of much bling and there was joy.

Also - no longer a lady-in-waiting! Yay! Although I loved serving SvartulvR and Elizabeth - they are good people.
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So I sent off some measurements and three photos to Atlantia, and I got back a pattern for a dress. I made this up into a garment that fit, pretty much without any alterations. This is me wearing it at Raglan Castle last weekend.

From the front:
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And from the back:
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I give it two thumbs up.

(Please ignore the 16th C shoes, I only had room in my bags to bring one pair, and brought mostly 16thC clothing!)
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Modelled here, by the lovely Lady Åsa Fredriksdotter at the Coronet Tourney where she was consort to Lord Edricus.
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So yesterday I arrived back at my place around ten pm after an entirely lovely weekend with relaxed small-scale event and delightful people all around.

Glötagillet started on Friday morning ... )

With Hedvig on board, we headed for the train station  )

That evening Bob made an appearance. )

Saturday started with the fire alarm going off at eight ... )

All day people were working on their own projects, patterns were created, cut out and tried out in toiles and people got to work on old projects that needed input and direction. I didn't really do much practical work myself (except attaching an apron string which burst when I went to put it on) but my plan was always to mostly help other people and that was what happened.

Filippa managed to get her new (practical!) red kirtle wearable, and it was pretty, of course. Aveline got going on her new red kirtle and had many questions on what to do next, which I did my best to answer.

The feast ... )

The journey home ... )

I brought both my cameras with me, and had them near me all weekend, but I did not really have time to sit down for very long, and I kept busy so in the end I did not take even a single photo. Elisabeth, however, took a couple of lovely ones of me in my new red kirtle, one of which can be found in my gallery. I'm going to have to rely on other people's view of this event, but I don't mind, I was having a perfectly lovely time.
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(With bonus shot from the front of how the hem hangs.) Worn with my new shirt, which resists eyelets by the convenient location of fifty bajilion layers of linen at the lower edge of collar and cuffs. Maybe I'll sew on flat ribbon to close it instead. Also, did anyone notice I've got my hands in my pockets? Yeah, pockets on a kirtle is only the best idea since sliced bread, let me tell you.

And now, I'm off to update the dress diary.
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ETA: And now my website is up to date with the red petticoat diary moved to finished status.
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My red petticoat, sorry, My Best Red Petticoat, is now finished. Last post I showed the black velvet trim as I finished it, and today at sewing circle I finished off the hem in no time at all. It's astounding how long I've put that off, and when I got down to it, I was finished before all sewing circle participants even arrived.

After that was done, and I had gloated sufficiently (very important part of any project-not to be underrated), I started re-rolling sewing silk onto home-made spools in preparation for my class next weekend.
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Finished the black velvet guarding on my red petticoat. FINALLY! Maybe I can finish off the hem before the feast of Glöta (Glötagillet) which is next weekend, and where I will teach a blackwork class.
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The last shirt I finished, out of the sheer hemp linen cloth, was done even closer to period construction and assembly than my previous ones. I whipstiched the gathered neckline/sleeves into collar and cuffs on both inside and outside. However, upon doing this, it did not quite feel safe enough. So what I did on that shirt was go over the inside edge of collar and cuff with backstitches, through the gathering but not all the way through to the other side. Then I went over the outside of the collar and cuffs, right at the inner edge, with backstitches. I did all this to keep the tubes flat, and to further anchor both collar and cuffs to the shirt.

Now, having read Patterns of Fashion 4 and looked at more images of the Sture shirts and others, I realize that they, too, have a line of backstitching next to the edge of collar and cuffs to keep them neat, and safely anchored. I was doing the "right" and documented thing before I knew it was the right thing to do, because it felt like the shirt needed it.

I'm kind of awestruck.

And I only have the hem and eyelets left on this latest shirt of mine.
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I know I sounded all miserable and negative last week, and I may have said that the red petticoat would not be finished. Well, it was finished, at last.

I have fully lined the bodice in red silk, which looked very pretty when the dress hung in the sleeping quarters (unexpected bonus for me). I have also attached a strip of black wool to the bottom of the skirt. I did not think it was too short, but when I added the strip I realized that, yes, it was too short. The strip I used is in fact a bit of the same cloth that went into the Nordmark Coronation Copes.

The single line of black velvet trim on the bodice needs its companion, and the bottom of the extension strip needs to be hemmed. Other than that, my best red petticoat is finished.

I did not remember to ask anyone to take a portrait - naturally - so there are really no good pictures of me in it. You can see a little bit here, where I'm working on Lady Torunn's hair.

In any case, updating my website will only annoy me right now, as my galleries are still offline.
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Greetings again, interwebs! I've missed you a little.

I am actually quite good at ignoring the outside world when I'm at events, so I can't really say I missed it until we returned to a house with walls, eating off normal plates using modern cutlery. That's when I started feeling my typing fingers twitch a little bit.

Most gratifying result of a week of pretty bad weather: my pavilion made it without any major complaints or mishaps. It needs a lining, or an inner tent, and I need a (third) air mattress the right size to fit inside without too much of a squeeze. I have a single-person mattress which will fit in there marvellously. I bought a new one 136 cm wide which is slightly too large. I was out looking for one in the range 120 cm. That would be perfect. A frame/bed structure would not be bad either.

My bench worked beautifully, and I adore it, not to mention the admiring comments it garnered me. :)

I return with a face all burned up (by the high winds and by the sun which scorched through the layer of clouds pretty much every day), a head full of ideas and a list of things to fix for the next camping event.

The trick of bringing only my 1400s wardrobe worked as planned - I was cold and miserable and identified several items of clothing I need to survive in that period. I know my 16th Century wardrobe does cold and wet conditions far better.

For the Visby tourney I helped run the list, calling fighters and handing notes between the List Mistress and the marshalls. I also assisted Helwig with the List at Nordic 1000. For the beginners, and two-hand tourneys I just watched and was much more uncomfortable. When you've got something to do you are either running around or concentrating too much to pay attention to hardships. Doing the list for Nordic 1000 is pretty hectic as it's a bear pit format and at times we had four lists going. I didn't notice I was cold until five minutes after the tourney was over (won by Sir Johann) and I had left the table. As tradition has it, the Nordic is held in camp during Open Camp day, so I spent most of that time blissfully unaware of mundanes asking silly questions, although I'm sure I am in a lot of their photos from the day.

The Coronet Tourney was fought on historic ground, and it was quite a nice day for it - stopped raining just as the list field was getting set up. I sat with Viscountess Filippa for most of the tourney, and we chatted about this and that - it was rather nice. Then I got up to get in a better position for the last few bouts. Rok won fighting for Wilda, in a final against Lord Jorulf fighting for Eisarfves Märta. His Highness won the beginners tourney at Visby last year, and fought quite energetically. I should have some damn good photos of the Presence, white gate and the outgoing Prince and Princess.

I can also report that the secret project myself and Helwig hadve been working on was finished and delivered at Visby. A pair of coronation copes for Their Highnesses. All wool, medium thick black wool on the outside, and very thin charcoal wool lining. They are a simple cope shape - a perfect half circle. On the backs they each have the Nordmark arms, done in wool intarsia embroidery, with the laurel wreath made up of umpteen gilded leather leaves (graded in size). On the front corners of each is the Nordmark populace arms. They looked absolutely fantastic (if I may say so myself). The plan is to continue with embroidered arms of each of the groups in Nordmark to be placed along the front edges. But that will take a bit of time and coordination on our part.

I have pictures. But not yet. I haven't even loaded them onto my computer - having spent most of the day (after I woke up) in the laundry washing my whites, the pavilion flooring and re-arranging the tent canvas in the drying room to make sure all of it was dry before packing away.
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This was helped on when I poured boiling water on my hand this morning at work. It was a not-fun experience and the hand is still pretty sore. The effect of that is that I can't really use my left hand (and I'm left-handed) manipulating cloth and whatnot because it hurts whenever something touches the skin.

I did buy some linen fabric. I washed it last night, and the idea was to cut out a basic t-tunic and sew it up on the machine today. Well, I decided I do not care to cheat myself and my wardrobe to that extent, not when it means pain too.

So, I won't be attending the event as a participant. I will drop by as a tourist to get some fabric and say hello to friends and such, but since I don't have clothes I'll not stay after-hours as was my last-minute-plans on Saturday. I'm fine with that.

In other news, What the fuck happened to summer? I'm freezing.
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Stuff has been pulled out ready to be packed.

I'm considering going all 16th Century all the time. I have lots of dresses, whee! I'm also warmest in my late period wardrobe, and forecast says rain, rain, clouds and rain. *shudder*

The 15th Century gowns can be warm too, but mostly it's the wool hoods and woolen stockings that do that. Packing two periods means packing two sets of under- and headwear as well.

On the Florentine Front:
Skirt ready to be pleated to bodice.
Skirt needs hemming.
Sleeves need wristbands.
Sleeves need attachment points.
Bodice needs attachment points for sleeves.

ETA: All clothes packed. Scribal stuff pulled out, feast gear pulled out, basket pulled out, Florentine gown all over my room like a giant green explosion.
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Augh! I'm trying to build my paned sleeve caps and my brain can't wrap around the construction. It's all too much! Too complicated! How the hell am I supposed to put them together? Lining, interlining, silk filling and panes all at once? How? This is madness!??

And in the middle I'm interrupted by a phone call for a forgotten arrangement. I can't find my tools, the lighting is wierd, my music is all stashed away in boxes and unavailable and I am out of tea.

And I still haven't written my bloody lecture! Argh! Why did I subject myself to these stresses? I don't really have to finish the green Florentine, but it would be awesome. But the weather forecast says cloudy or even rain on Saturday at the site. But I could be fabulous in a green florentine gown underneath my fabulous black ropa. How awesome would that be? It would be off the scale of awesome to the stratosphere of awesome. I want to be awesome. But I don't want to have to stress. What if I do it all wrong and it comes to shit in the end? Huh? What then?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!
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The state of things: You know when you used to write things up on the typewriter, and hit more than one key at a same time and then everything got tangled up as the long letter-arms got stuck and nothing got written?

I think that's the situation happening with me. Too many things, too many ideas, too many sparks, too many projects and I end up going nowhere on all of them.

If I had just one project it would get worked on, if I had just one fabulous new book to get through it would be read; but I have five of each and I don't know which to prioritize and in what order.

It makes me itch all the more to do something when nothing gets done!

Enough whining, now. I went to Aros Micro Event today, which ended up being just Yearly Business Meeting and then wind-up and go home again. I'm secretary for another year, and must now write up the fantastically long (not really, we were done in 20-25 minutes) minutes of the meeting. I also came back with loot! Brianag works at a book-binding place, so she had brought a little bucket of book-binding glue, and special paper/fabric used to cover books with, and scrap pieces of leather for same. I made out like a bandit and was very nearly cackling all the way home.

I have high hopes for next sewing circle Saturday, see how far Aveline have gotten on her corset and smock/chemise.  I feel like I've achieved something in regards to that. You see, I remember coming to my first sewing meetings in January 2003 feeling quite nervous and scared, and then awed at the gowns that were being created there. If anyone remembers I started out in the 12th Century, and then the Age of the Cotehardie (around 1400 for me). Seeing the ladies with the drooly brocade and renaissance outfits knocked my socks off. It only took Helwig 11 months to get me started on a Tudor outfit for myself, and I started, as Aveline is doing, with corset and smock (29 September 2003 to be precise).

I think it is fabulous to be able to help her to create a complete Tudor outfit. I could not have completed mine without the generous help, assistance and good advice given at the sewing circles, and now, I can give that all back in what feels like a deja vu experience only with reversed roles. Hopefully, I will be able to steer Aveline away from the lampshade-as-French-hood debacle. What with Sarah's fabulous deconstructed theory of French hoods now available and making so much sense.

And now, for something completely different:
CANDID...

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This. As promised, the pilgrim's scrip can be found pictured here.

That. My waistcoat, finally in a state to be worn without outside assistance, can be viewed in the gallery, front and back.

The other. And, because I am sometimes good at remembering, there are pictures of the splendor solis kirtle from behind and the front (one and two), plus a bonus picture of me dressing at 12th Night, including fully feathered tall hat!

I shall do a bit of writing about it all tomorrow, updating dress diaries and the likes. But for right now - I'm heading for bed.
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What I am doing, in terms of my Italian dress is: Tiziano's Woman with a dish of fruit, and Portrait of a Florentine Noblewoman, unattributed. Mainly I will make it more Florentine than Venetian, having read Moda a Firenze I feel I am on more solid ground there.

There. I've got that nailed down now. I think I will do a train on the gown as well, just because it would be fun and I have enough fabric for it. The Book states that normal length bought for a petticoat or gown was the equivalent of 10 metres of 22" wide fabric, meaning 5 metres of 44" fabric. My green brocade is 55" wide, but I am slightly larger all around than a petite Italian lady, so I am anticipating no trouble at all getting what I want out of it. It is also nice to have it confirmed that you do not need ten metres of 60" wide cloth to get a high-class dress as too many in costuming circles claim.

I guess this is officially the start of this outfit. I've done loads of research and gathering of thoughts up until now, again find them with the green brocade tag, but not until now have I got all materials and my mind made up.

So, let's consider this the start of my Green Florentine Dream. And of course, this is me, I must start with listing: The Want list, the Need list, the Task list.

First off the items I want to make this outfit complete:
  • Gown
  • Partlet, smooth, very wide, fine silk with metallic mesh?
  • Pearl necklace
  • Pearl earrings
  • Sleeves with vertical decorations
  • Gloves
Of those things I have the necklace sorted, and the rest goes on the Need list, which leads directly into what I need to do.

Get my ass into gear and make up the leather I have purchased into a pair of gloves. I need to take all of the relevant stuff with me to a sewing circle near me and have a new bodice patterned to fit the style I want and make up the dress including sleeves. The partlet I think I will have to settle for the lovely linen I got at Himla with large squares woven into it. Maybe decorate with pearls. As for pearl earrings - well, they'll have to be put on a wish-list I think.
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The end of the year is nigh and people are starting to make lists. Lists containing titles such as: "Planned projects for this year at the end of last", "Finished projects this year" and "Planned projects for next year". I like making lists, too, I want in!

At the beginning of 2007 I made a nice picture-post of projects finished in 2006, and was quite surprised at what I had turned out. I did not, however, go in to much detail about planned projects for this year. In fact, let me quote myself in full:
For this year I want to finish my gloves, my hose and do a pair of turnshoes in the leather I now have for them. Finish the English fitted gown, do some headgear for the 1410 surcote. More fabulous scrolls - an Italian white vine scroll I can finally be completely happy with perhaps.   
--Lia, January 2007, emphasis added

In summary then: I did not finish my gloves, I did not finish my hose (although I did complete another pair completely from scratch - hurray!), I did not do a pair of turnshoes, I did finish my English fitted gown, I did not do headgear for my surcote and I did not make a white vine scroll. Which puts my score at one for six. Still, in all, my EFG is fabulous enough to make up for it!

That gown was not the only thing I did all year, though. Oh, no, this is where the list starts.

2007 - Sewing Projects:
  • Finished open hood Open red wool hood, January
  • (No Photo) Sture shirt, version 2.0, May
  • A Pair of BreechesVenetian breeches, May
  • Finished gown, worn at Double Wars XX 2007English fitted gown, May
  • (No photo) Wool mittens, August
  • (No photo) A pair of hose, September
  • Skirt attached and hooks and eyes on, worn without corset (Sept 25, 2007)Splendor Solis kirtle, October
  • (No photo) White linen Sture shirt for Sir Johann, November
  • (No photo) A petticoat skirt in brocade/linen, November
  • Tall hat, finished (December 2, 2007)Tall hat, December

2007 - Scribal Projects:

  • Finished. Photo. Sigillum Regis for Graf Gerhardt von Wüstenburg, June
  • ... Is that really all? I think it is. How sad.

2007 - Crafts/Embroidery:



  • Front, finished 16th C needlebook embroidery (24 Jan 07)Needlebook cover, January

  • pouch4 allMorale booster pouches, February
  • Linen outlines finished, close-up. (March 30, 2007)Intarsia Pillow, March
  • 16th C Sture shirt v 2.0 - Inside Collar Embroidery. (25 Apr 2007)16th C Sture shirt v 2.0 - Whitework on outside of collar 4 hours (1 May, 2007)Blackwork/Whitework shirt collar, April
  • Suit of Ruffs: Cuffs finished, except for ties or hooks/eyes.Cuffs, May
  • 16th C Blackwork embroidery for Ingrid, collar and cuffs (July 2007)Collar and cuffs blackworked for Ingrid, July
  • Miniature game board, backgammon (3 July, 2007)Tiny gameboard, July
  • Highlight for Album: Building A PavilionA period pavilion, August
  • Second reticella square (7 Sept, 2007)Reticella squares, September
  • Assisi embroidery finished. (24 Oct, 2007)Assisi embroidered cloth, October


Goodness, I think I am going to faint. That's a fairly long list. However, they're mostly little projects (not counting the pavilion). Still. Wow.
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Today was regular sewing circle day, however, I was again the only other participant over at Helwig's place. Well, ok, Sir Johann was there too, being fitted for hose.

Anyway, I had hemmed the shirt last night, also finished the felling of all seams. Today I whipped up six tie-cords by fingerlooping them out of a perle thread. I stitched those in place in the collar, and then whip stitched the collar into place creating a cartridge pleated edge with the divide and conquer method. I even closed up each of the pleats separately with a little whip stitching so there is no danger of gappage.

Johann tried the shirt on and it seems large enough, not too big, not tight, collar not too tight, sleeves not too long and all that goodness. So, I left it there, along with the leftover fabric.

Now I can again turn to my own projects, finishing the waistcoat, finishing the items for Eleanor, finishing the apron embroidery, re-hemming the splendor solis kirtle. You know, niggling little things.

Good thing about today: I opened my blinds this morning and saw snow and broke out in a great big smile. I love snow.
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Earliest pictures of me in the SCA are from An Tir/West War in 2003. I thought I looked OK. In 2002 I thought I looked good in this (but without the chemise, image from An Tir's July Coronation, 2003). There was a steep learning curve from that point.

What am I wearing in those photos? Oh, glad you asked. To begin with that is a cotton drawstring poofy chemise, over that a green bodice bought at H&M for mundane wearing when I felt daring (never wore it after this event - it's got a zipper up one side), and a green crinkly fabric-made-from-dinosaurs, single layer, flouncy skirt. And my sandals. I've no idea what period it's supposed to be. Ren Faire Wench?

The blue dress is another crinkly fabric, fibre content unknown, lovingly made for me by a lovely lady, as indeed was the green skirt. The blue dress actually did have an inspiration: I wanted a 12th Century bliaut. In my defence, An Tir is fucking hot in the summer, I was new and the labour and sewing know-how were generously donated to me out of the goodness of K.'s heart.

K. sure does know how to make clothes, and she zoomed through putting those outfits together for me, even let me help. I think her attitude towards making clothes really helped me believe it was doable to make my own medieval clothes as well, and I am quite grateful.

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