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Making a Single Welted Pocket [Aug. 27th, 2011|06:13 pm]

Making a welted pocket is a pain to do when you don't know how (actually it's a bit of a pain when you do) so I thought I'd write down all of the steps in the hopes that someone else would find it useful and so I'd have a reference for myself should I need to do this again. Read more...Collapse )

All that's left is to sew the actual pocket bag to the welt fabric, but that should be simple.


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A 4 day fencing doublet [Feb. 17th, 2010|08:39 pm]

So, I've got a bit of a reputation for spending ages making stuff, months or even years.  So I'm inordinately happy to have made a functional doublet in only four days.  It's got some issues, but on the whole is a serviceable fencing doublet. It might have been quicker if I hadn't found thirteen yards of trim in the stash and had stuck to the original plan of a plain black doublet. :)

It's reasonably padded, and moves well enough to fence in :)  I'll probably remove the skirt and replace it with tabs.  But at 11.00pm before flying to Estrella, a skirt was far quicker to do, I just don't really like how it hangs.
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Sleeved Cloak [Feb. 17th, 2010|08:25 pm]

OK, I've got some better pictures now.  Click on them to expand them.

Looking at these, I've got to think that the back would hang better if I lined the cloak.

I'm still unsure about trim, I was thinking that something dark might look good and keep it somewhat restrained, but the reality is that I'm most likely to wear it at night so perhaps something a bit brighter would be better.  Will have to play around and see :)

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New Cloak [Jan. 31st, 2010|10:39 pm]

Last year fearga showed me pictures of an awesome looking cloak and I knew I needed it.  This year, I'm looking at camping at Estrella rather than day tripping and I'm thinking of cold nights. Clearly I need a cloak for the cold nights :)

The original is thought to have looked like this:

And my rendition looks like this:


Embellishment can come later, at least the main bit's complete and it fits :)

Much better than the timing on the last garb I made, this one's not a year late.

Oh and if I got it set up right, you can click on the pictures for larger versions.
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Why is Christmas on Dec 25th? [Dec. 25th, 2009|06:02 pm]
Posting this mainly because of the question in hlmauera 's journal a few days ago. Anyway, this is a really interesting analysis on the subject.


Very nicely explained.
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Fabric dying [Dec. 21st, 2009|03:57 pm]

I need help from the hive mind.

I want a coat for Estrella, I have the pattern and now have the fabric.  The problem is that the fabric is the wrong color.

I have a nice reasonably thick off white/cream colored lambswool to use as a warm lining - honestly it might be a bit soft, but I guess time will tell, and anyway I've bought it now :)

The lining was chosen far more based on it's weight rather than it's color - they had a red, but it was 50% more expensive.  So I was wondering about dying it.  However, I really don't know anything about dying.  Don't know what sort of dyes to use, don't know if I can just dye it in my front loader or whether I should try and use a tub of some sort etc. (I'm a but shy about using the bath, it's an old ceramic one, and pretty scratched - I'd hate to dye it too).

Any suggestions?  There's got to be someone out here who knows more about this than I do :)
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For katanubis [Sep. 13th, 2009|11:37 pm]

Here's that picture I was talking about at Spot of Kings

The rest of the set is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avsfoto/3839736502/in/set-72157594398988276/  This particular picture is apparently dated 1460 and is from a set taken at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg.

This caught my eye because I've been looking at the Charles de Blois pourpoint which even though it's a century earlier has much the same shoulder construction, a little bit of research led me to the term for this sort of shoulder assembly, it's called a "grande assiette" and there's a pretty interesting write up about it at http://www.cottesimple.com/blois_and_sleeves/grande_assiette/grande_assiette_overview.htm.

Heh, this period's all new to me, so much fun :)

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Jupon [Aug. 27th, 2009|03:45 pm]

So, if a person was suddenly looking at putting together something c. 1350-60.  Are there any particular must-see references, either online or in the library that they should look at?

A friend is looking at having me make him a padded gambeson based upon the Charles de Blois pourpoint, and the more I looked at it, the more I was thinking that it would be fun to make myself a somewhat less padded version.  But it won't exactly go with my c16 pants and boots, so I guess one piece will lead on to more...
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Storm Large is so awesome! [Jul. 24th, 2009|08:35 am]

Storm Large is quite the Portland rock celebrity and this is her latest music video.

OK, fair warning time:
  • This is totally NSFW.
  • Listening to this song is really likely to get it stuck in your head.
  • Singing said song under your breath gets you really strange looks, especially if you're a guy.

Otherwise, it's fully awesome:

OK, I've spent the whole morning posting this on to friends, guess I should start work.  Thanks Jeff. :)

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The words of God do not justify cruelty to women [Jul. 15th, 2009|12:24 pm]
Snagged from vesta_aurelia , I think this is just too good to not repost.


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