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My Mother and I have been working on this outfit for three weekends. The embroidery has been in process for significantly longer but I'm going to an event this weekend so I needed everything done. It's meant to be second half of the 11th Century, early 12th. It's not documented as I had a very specific idea of what I wanted and I was ok with not having full documentation. Specifically I wanted to have a significant amount of the underdress showing so the length of the overdress is mid calf. The sleeves are tight(ish) and about 3/4 length. We cut them to be wider which would be more period I believe but like this much better. It's meant to be a really practical outfit that can go outside without dragging on the ground or being too hot and enveloping while still looking good and being presentable for court. The idea was probably born out of similar garb I have seen in the SCA, if anyone has documentation for this particular style or aspects of it such as the length of the over-dress I would love to see it. The entire outfit was sewn by hand in running stitch with the hems done in a whip stitch.

The full ensemble

Here's a link to the dress diary with commentary.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/evaliz/sets/72157627346230676/with/6038545868/
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I'm told the linky failure was an aftereffect of the troubles lj was having last week. I've been away at various events though, so my apologies for not reposting the link sooner. try this...

http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/just-call-me-alison-the-headgear/

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I'm only working on this project when I spend the weekend at my boyfriends place, almost finshed the twiddly bits
a bit of freehand Tudor blackwork

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more is here

http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/freehand-blackwork/

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Just got back from a reception at Kirkleatham museum for thier new "Saxon Princess" exhibition about the finds from Loftus.

Blagged some pics of some of the stuff I made.

the lovely Liz in her frock

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made some progress this weekend, although not as much as I would have liked due to homicidal pms

I did get the one sleeve on the over gown, and the other finished and ready to go on
snow white

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I'm making a new tudor frock, as far as possible the materials will come from my extensive stash. The reason I need a new frock is that my existing one, made from lovely, english melton, is just too heavy for certain purposes.

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I'm working on a handsewn 15th c-ish kirtle based on the London finds (Clothing and Textiles by Crowfoot et al) and I'm getting close to done on the dress itself, but now have to start thinking about the warp-sewn tablet weaving worked around the necklines and such.  While I pretty much get the concept of the sew-as-you-go tablet weaving technique (I already know basic tablet weaving), I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other resources that would help me get a sense of how to do it when you're working it on an actual garment.  I know there are plenty of examples based on the Crowfoot book and Woven Into the Earth but it still seems kind of rare in my SCA circles, and I'm kind of excited at the possibility of doing something different than make tablet weaving, sew on a thing technique.

I'm wondering also just how wide I can push the size of the ribbon on this technique.  London finds seem to be largely 2-card jobs to just add some support to a lacing edge, but I think I might have seen 4-card examples from Woven Into the Earth (I'm working from memory here, and I have a feeling I might be wrong; I really need to get this book back from the library).  I'm wondering just how manageable a 1/4" or so wide ribbon might be with this technique.  I became curious with the idea after seeing the subtle embellishment on the sleeves of this figure in a Van der Goes painting:  http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/sca/15th/nikulin-innocents-det1.jpg and thought it might be better served with tablet weaving then, say, embroidery.

If anyone has done this before and can lend their expertise, that would be great.  I'll probably end up doing some experiments regardless.

edit:  I'm also crossposting to sca_fiberarts but I thought handsewers might have a good perspective on this as well.
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I am in the planning stage of making a c13th headress which involves a hairnet at the back.

However, since I don't have enough hair to adequately fill such a net I plan to line it with a lightwieght silk.

I Have some white that I could dye, but I also have soem fantastic shocking pink, super authentic, kermes (yes, kermes, not cochineal) dyed stuff that I could also use.

But if I have pink silk under a hairnet, will it make me look as if my brain is escaping from the back of my skull?

I need opinions, people before I make a terrible mistake and end up with small children fleeing from me in terror.

Also, my cat is an idiot at hide and seek, cos when he gets into my fabric room (where he is so not allowed) he purrs cos hes pleased to see me so I can find the twit by echo-location

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Up till now I've used bog standard cotton/synth sewing thread for my projects but I'm getting a bit more persnikity about my choices, especially since my Mom is doing extensive embroidery on a pure wool Norman outfit for me. I can easily get the heavy duty linen thread in a limited range of colors though the only thing I've ever sewn with that is things like buttons on coats. What other choices have people made for hand sewn garb? I mostly work in linen and wool.

Here's a pic of the embroidery in progress:

Embroidery Progress

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Sorry folks I had to make the community moderated. We have had a lot of spam coming through, and I made all posts moderated. I apologize for the inconvenience and would like to ask if anyone would like to become a moderator. Due to my darling children we no longer have any working computers at home, and I would rather not have a post waiting all weekend for approval. So if anyone has a willingness to step forward and lend a hand I would be thankful.

Morrghan

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