Slip Sliding Away

The year is going... soon gone.

I've made little progress on some things, a lot of progress on others. I made a fighting tabard for Regalia, but I'm not really happy with it. Others seem to think it came out nicely, so I'll have to live with that. I'm my own worst critic!

Fighting Tabard

I have been busy. Pennsic sewing kicked my butt and then we came skidding into Rendezvous. I've sewn a couple things since Pennsic. But none so difficult as an appliqued tabard for His Highness.

This piece will go into Regalia for future HRH, and so, I was determined to get it right. There are mistakes, but apparently I am the only one that notices them. I think that's pretty normal.

I cursed. A lot.

I stayed up late.

And HRH Lutr said the end result was "outstanding."

Which makes me ridiculously happy.

He has asked me to make a fighting tunic similar, but with an early period knotwork, erm... okay. :-)

Double Take

I've decided to make a dressmaker's double.

It's getting increasingly hard to figure out fitting on myself and while I know I have nice garb it would be nicer if it fit me better.

I'm not wrapping myself in duct-tape. There is another way.

On the web, I found instructions to make a muslin double. Basically is like a GFD except you make it from heavy muslin with a zipper up the back. Obviously, I need to enlist help in the pinning process. Once you get it pinned and marked, you cut yourself out, sew it up with the zipper then wet it down and put it back on. It then has to dry on your body. That's going to be the uncomfortable part! Then, you stuff it with foam pads and batting.

Should be an interesting project!

I will definitely post the results here.

I also finally purchased the Burgundy dye from Dharma Trading for the wool I posted about in this blog so long ago. I also finally bought 4 yards of Linen from I needed some dark green linen and JoAnne's never had anything that color (plus it's back up to full price), so I jumped. With shipping it was 8.75 per yard. Not bad. Now, if the quality is as nice as their customers say on their web site....

Tired is as tired does

urg....I hate sewing sometimes. I threw a bodice in the garbage tonight. I'm tired of tearing stuff apart to fix the mistakes. This one wasn't going to be worth it, so I just chucked it in the bin. *waves goodbye*. And then? I started a new one! So far, this one is coming out nicely. I revised the pattern and found a way to use some of the massive roll of twill tape I bought for my corset (and never used and still working on the corset!) to reinforce the boning. Has this viking gone mad? Probably. I swore I'd never wear 16th C. stuff, but since the fencing bug bit me....

Our "Smurf" capes were found! Or at least Tormod of Meridies calls them that, which gives me a giggle, since that's pretty much exactly what they look like! It seemed a bit silly I guess to be asking around after them, but, mine at least was made in that night-before-sleepless-round-of-sewing-before-the-event and since I was nervous about the authorization etc... it's sort of a keepsake. I'm funny about stuff like that. I'm sure Lord Tormod though so as well, as he said he would "call off his dogs" when I told him they were found (I had asked him to see if someone from his area had picked them up for safekeeping or by mistake). He has such a delightful sense of humor... among other redeeming qualities. I do hope to see him again. I especially hope to watch him fight. It is a thing of extraordinary beauty. *curtsy* to you, My Lord Tormod, if you are reading - I do believe I'm enchanted. :-)


I realize I am a failure at blogging (havn't posted since February?), but I don't mind so much as I just helped Calyvorri make a gorgeous cotehardie that came out *perfect*, if I do say so myself. Of course, she started with a perfectly gorgeous Burgundy linen... yummy....

hummm, speaking of yummy...

Most of the men in the SCA are so courteous, kind, honorable... and I could just melt when someone is chivalrous and handsome...and well spoken. If only all men understood this small concept.. you don't have to be drop dead gorgeous - you just have to make women think that you are. Simply use the old courtly ways and we'll be swooning. Such a shame more guys don't realize this. Even some SCA guys could benefit from a class in courting... :-)

I'm sewing like a bandit for Pennsic now, but all attempts at a decent fencing shirt that will cover the sisters as well as the rest of me seem to fail miserably. The last one was like a huge bag and the one before had shoulders so dropped, the sleeves looked horrible. I'm of a mind to just buy a couple of shirts at Pennsic.

jumping to the next subject...

FENCING! I felt I had a nice "on" day at Border Raids, even if I was slaughtered, but by heaven I should have been, facing all kinds of experienced fencers - the recipients of high level awards in their kingdom. But yesterday at practice... WTF? My arm was like a spaghetti noodle and I felt like I was moving through water. It was horrible! And the melees... urgh. I really dislike melees so far. I thought I was conquering my fear of getting hurt, but not so least I can still follow the command to 'stay alive'. Just when I think I might be getting better at fencing, the melees cut me right back down to 'newbie'. It's confusing, I can't focus, I feel like Luke Skywalker with that ball and he's got blinders on with the light saber. Except I can't find The Force. *sigh* Practice, practice and training.....sometimes I wonder if my mind is really suited to this. I KNOW my body is NOT! LOL


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A medieval seamstress in a modern world.