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11 August 2008 @ 03:24 am
renfest sewing  
i'm finally getting back into the sewing room again! i spent the first months of the year in a mad knitting frenzy - and recovering from sewing a wedding dress in 3 weeks in december. i spent most of june traveling for a family emergency, and most of july sick. i discovered at the minneapolis aquatennial parade that my felix needleworthy bodice doesn't fit anymore - when i bought it, there was a two-inch gap at the front when it was laced at its tightest; now i have the front boning overlapping itself and it's too loose. (i'm shrinking out of my clothes, how novel!) we're also planning to drag bethmonkey with us out to fest this year, and she'll need garb (hers was in a "tragic milk accident" awhile back) - i have a chemise and skirt that will do in an emergency, but there isn't a bodice in the house that will fit. so that's two bodices i'd have to make. then there's the ever-growing household garb wish list - yoric77 specifically requested a lightweight doublet/jerkin for early in the season, to begin with.

about a week ago, i had a sudden thought: "oh crap, it's august!"

so once again, i'm doing mad last-minute sewing for fest.

i have fitted interlining pieces for bethmonkey's bodice, out of some hideous - but sturdy - upholstery fabric i was gifted with. i have the fabric picked out for both sides of the (reversible!) bodice, dark green and dark blue scraps that will be (fingers crossed) just big enough to yield the pieces i need. it's going to be a simple ren-peasant bodice, no wings or waist tabs, with diagonal side-back and center front lacing. this is temporarily on hold, since she will be going out of town for a few weeks and won't need it right away.

i have a draped muslin pattern for the main body pieces of yoric77's jerkin, based on a pattern in the tudor tailor (elizabethan men's peascod doublet - the open-front sleeveless jerkin variation). i also have the fabric picked out, but i still need to cut the pieces from the final fabric with a generous seam allowance, so i can do one more fitting before committing to construction. i may not have this for opening weekend, but it should be done for the second weekend.

i'm going a little insane with my garb. this is a further manifestation of the firm belief i seem to have that i must make things more complicated for myself. i decided that i should start with a corset, and base my bodice pattern on that. so far, so good - i got the 2 layers of canvas interlining cut and fitted, with boning channels sewn in (all 24 of them); i have the 2 (reversible) outer layers sewn to each other at the back edges, and to the interlining along the bottom of the boned waist tabs, and i have all 24 bones cut to length and inserted. i tried it on with safety-pinned lacing strips, and it seems to fit well! so it's about half done - now i have to stitch the top edge, trim and sew binding around the top and bottom edges, and pound grommets along the lacing edges at the back. but that's only for the corset.

i'm a little torn on what to do for the bodice. complicating matters is the likely fact that whatever i sew for myself this year is not likely to fit next year after surgery. i'm of two minds - i can sew a relatively simple peasant-ish/middle class bodice, or i can use some of the fabric i've been hoarding for years and make a middle/upper class bodice (i have a silver tall hat that's just begging to be worn). or if i'm really insane, i'll do both - but which first? and do i want to design it so that i might be able to take it in next year (seams at side, side-back, center back, and maybe side-front), or do i want to have slightly cleaner lines and just plan on selling it as a gently-used sample? *gah!* i have just about exactly 4 days to make up my mind and finish it.

maybe i'll bang out a simple peasant bodice for opening weekend, and plan to finish the velvet and brocade bodice - pieced to be taken in later - for second or third weekend. that would go along nicely with my plans to have yoric77 in a velvet doublet and trunkhose - with a new shirt - by labor day.

at any rate, i'll post pictures when i can. i may have a few paid projects (yay!) to work on soon as well - i've already been asked about one cloak. cross your fingers for me - we really need the money.
Current Mood: rusheddeer-in-the-headlights
Alisonalisonnolan on August 11th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
If the nicer fabric is something you've been hoarding for years, save it till after surgery. I think if it's that special of a fabric you will be disappointed when you realize it doesn't fit. And yes, you could make it so it could be taken in, but I always think that the less you have to do to it, the better. I'd say wait...make the peasant bodice for this year and then be all giddy about a nicer new one for next year.

I have to go buy fabric for a new Chemise today. Bleh. The drive to SR Harris alone is enough to make me go crazy (45-60 minute drive).
Yoric77: YinYangInMotionyoric77 on August 21st, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I believe I do not know this person, TwiNk, but I think you should listen to her. She and I seem to be of one mind on this subject.
Alisonalisonnolan on August 21st, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Mu ha ha ha. But you DO know me. Tee Hee...now you will go crazy trying to figure out who I am.
Yoric77: WWJDyoric77 on August 21st, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I guess I did not retain that your last name was Nolan. And that picture... That's not the Alison I know, The Alison I know is much more COLOURFUL
Alison: Caterinaalisonnolan on August 21st, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Is this better? (c:
Yoric77: WWJDyoric77 on August 21st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Need Closeup, Real Close up, From just above the "Slash-N-Puff" and up.... Closer... Closer... The breasts I have to say are nice, but that Smile! That's an award winning smile for sure!
Alison: Bewbsalisonnolan on August 21st, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. How about this?
Yoric77: Smile Terminatedyoric77 on August 22nd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Very Nice, though it is missing your award winning smile.
Riki: spiderhakatrip on August 11th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I like the making garb more complicated for yourself. It makes you a good walking advertisement for your skills.
Yoric77: YinYangInMotionyoric77 on August 21st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
It makes you a good walking advertisement for your skills... unless you over-do it, which She has yet to do... but she can over do it.
greenchimesgreenchimes on August 11th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Keep It Simple Silleh
Love, I KNOW you're dying to try out that beautiful fabric you have...but wait. PLEASE wait. Do the simpler version for this year, and then sell it as a gently used version, have your surgery, and then make the OMG gorgeous upper-class wear. Do not do IT.No IT allowed.
Yoric77: YinYangInMotionyoric77 on August 21st, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Keep It Simple Silleh
Well that is 3 votes in favor for waiting.