Loose threads

Various sewing projects. Mostly historical (or historically inspired) stuff. Varying levels of ambition!

Challenge #21 - Re-do, part three

Kategori: , Allmänt

The theme this time was fairly straight-forward: "Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time).  It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again."

So much to do, and a LARP fast approaching; I ended up doing three mini projects.


3. Black and white: A pocket handkerchief

Another running joke within the LARP is that I, who normally don't cry easily (though I'm easier and easier moved as years pass, it's my grandpa's genes, I'm sure!), tend to end up with teary eyes and a big lump in my throat at least once per event due to the scary letter-writing skills of the organisers. It's also a well-known fact that you always need something for events - dribbly nose or eyes that water from wind or sun or makeup or whatever, and paper tissues are hygienic and all that, but never period. And you just can't get pocket handkerchiefs any more, it seems. So, last night before the event I raided the stash:

Sorry about the light, it was very late... Anyhow: white linen from my stash and tatted lace done by my great aunt. Tatted lace is not HA, but to an untrained eye (such as mine!) and from a distance it looks reasonably like needle-lace which is, if I'm not mistaken.
 
Then I went to bed, and on the bus to Stockholm (five hours) I hemmed it and added the lace. I sat next to a lady hemming towels, so I didn't even get the Funny Looks I sometimes get. Another two hours on the last train and at a friend's, and the handkerchief was done in time!
 
I of course see infinate possibilities of blinging this further with some kind of pulled threadwork or somesuch, but... well, I still want it to be useful.
 
The Challenge: #21 Re-do (Black and white)
Fabric: Linen
Pattern: None
Year: Uhm... say 1500s onwards here as well
Notions: White polyester thread, tatted lace
How historically accurate is it? I guess the lace is cotton, tatted lace not HA, pocket handkerchiefs sort of around, linen, handsewn... 70%?
Hours to complete: 6
First worn: Last weekend. I didn't use it, though! Character had no time to cry over her letters, crying had to be postponed.
Total cost:
Perhaps 25 sek (3 euros) for the linen, rest from stash.

Challenge #21 - Re-do, part two

Kategori: , Allmänt

The theme this time was fairly straight-forward: "Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time).  It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again."

 So much to do, and a LARP fast approaching; I ended up doing three mini projects.

 

 2. Make do and mend/Under $10: A skirt pocket for the black gamurra

Not only did I need this, it was also suggested in the helpful pointers for the skirt-layout that I should use the left-over pieces to make a skirt pocket. I needed it for the LARP and was ridiculously short of time, therefore this is a good-enough version which I will eventually try to polish up a bit.

 

The pieces cut to shape. No, I don't do tidy...
 
 
Outer edges sewn (backstitch, since I don't want stuff to fall out of the pocket due to weak seams), front opening cut and pinned.
 
The finished pocket with temporary waistband. Buttonhole stitch secures the end of the opening, the read seam above them is the beginning of hopefully a lot of embroidery.
 
Detail of the finished upper edge - one of the seam allowances folded over the other and back under itself to cover all raw edges. I made it up as I went along and have to reference for it.
 
The Challenge: #21 - Re-do
Fabric: Twill wool
Pattern: None
Year: 1500s onwards
Notions: Silk thread, red embroidery thread, cotton ribbon as a temporary waistband
How historically accurate is it? Not very, but not too bad either. 50%?
Hours to complete: Perhaps 4, it's hand-sewn
First worn: At the LARP last weekend. As it happened, the giornea has no pocket slit so it was less practical than planned...
Total cost: Next to nothing - leftover from the dress (only tiny scraps left now, yay fabric efficiency) and the rest from oooooold stash.
 

 

 
 
 

Challenge #21 - Re-do, part one

Kategori: , Allmänt

The theme this time was fairly straight-forward: "Pick any previous challenge and re-do it (or do it for the first time).  It could be one that you didn’t finish, one that you wish you’d had more time for, or any time for, or one where you loved the theme so much you want to do it again."
 
It gives infinate possibilities, right? So much to do, so little time! And still, the results are mostly the things that I whipped together as the final details for the last challenge, so here goes.
 
1. Tops and toes/Black and white #1: A black veil
 
The organiser of the larp pointed out in the last minute that mourning attire for close relatives and such included a veil for the ladies. To the best of my knowledge, I wouldn't need one - but I certainly didn't trust the organisers not to send me bad news during the actual game. I admire them for it, they do keep us on our toes, but still. I needed a plan B. So I looked through the fabric stash and found a dreadful polyester organza I bought for uhm... something long ago, and got started. I made it simple: rounded the back edges and hemmed them by hand, and made the front hem broader. I then found left-over rocailles from long ago, as well as glass pearls left over from the original Tops and toes project, and voilà - a mourning veil.
 
Which didn't photograph that well, of course.
 
A close-up of the front hem. In total I estimate about 800 of the tiny black rocailles and 50 or so of the white glass pearls. I'm not that good at not overdoing the small projects, I know I know. Since I never had to use it (not yet!) I have no good photos of it worn, but with the heavy front hem and "normal veil" back combined it looks a combination of a very light basic veil and a see-through version of an early English hood. Not at all period, but I stretch the alternative universe a bit, ok?
 
The Challenge: #21, Re-do
Fabric: Polyester organza
Pattern: My own
Year: So non-HA it isn't even funny...
Notions: Black rocaille beads and glass pearls, polyester thread
How historically accurate is it?: No. Just no.
Hours to complete: About eight
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: True stash project, but about 100 sek/10 euros all included.