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New kirtle project

Well, I have decided to stop bitching about not having anything to wear after my weight loss and make me some new garb. How about that?

Yes, I had made a nifty and practical fencing armor for Pennsic, but I am still lacking any decent female garb. And I do like dressing like a girl every once in a while. Imagine that!

At any rate, I had purchased some nice herringbone wool last year during a fun trip to Jo-Mar Fabrics in Philly, with the awesome duchesssimone, greta_k and akgnome. To tell you the truth, at the time of the purchase, I was not sure what exactly I would do with it. The herringbone is grey with a subtle tinge of purple and some almost imperceptible flecks of gold, orange and blue threads. But when I went "shopping" in my stash, it told me "I want to be a 16th C kirtle!" So there we go.

So far, I have only finished the bodice. At the time of the picture, the shoulder straps had not yet been stitched together. This has been finished now. With any luck, I may even stitch the skirt sometime this weekend (here's to hope, what with my rush time at work interfering with my weekend life, but it is what it is). I am planning for gold velvet guards. I would have much preferred gold wool guards, but all I've got is a dark gold velvet that has been languishing in my stash for years. Of course, there is still time, and I may yet find some suitable wool somewhere.

At any rate, I am posting a pic of the unfinished bodice just for fun, and I also have a question for folks that have dress diaries and webpages in Wordpress. How is that working for you? I am in the process of planning the revamping of my Website, and I am seriously considering that option. At least for dress diaries, which are easier to update rather than writing an article and formatting the whole thing. Not that I would not draft articles, but for diaries, I believe it's a great resource. Feedback please?

In the meantime, here's the pic behind the cut.

September 2010.  Bodice for a 16th C wool kirtle.  Wool, boned with 2mm round basket reeds, hand bound eyelets in yellow silk. Shoulders still not stitched at time of picture.  Time to stop complaining that none of my garb fits and make myself something new!

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sskipstress
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I might have gold wool gabardine. Want me to look?
belfebe
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Wool gab doesn't have the body I need for the guards. I am looking for wool flannel, medium weight. The cotton velvet has the right body, but wool on wool would make more sense, not to mention that I hate working with velvet. But it's the right color.
sskipstress
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
I completely understand. Which is why I didn't look first :)
vikingsparrow
Sep. 12th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Wow! You're good at fitting garments.
belfebe
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Fitting myself is a pain in the butt. It usually involves my Long Suffering Husband(TM) helping me out, and me going "To the left", "No, the other left!" "There's still a gap!" "Now I can't breathe!" etc...

It's a miracle that he puts up with me :-D
greta_k
Sep. 12th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
What color? I may have some. Of course, it may take a few days to find as I have a number of plastic boxes to go through . . . ;-)

BTW - did you cut your hair recently? It looks a little shorter than it did the other week.
belfebe
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Gold colored medium to heavy wool flannel. Hard to get, really. I can get it in a gabby, but it's not the right body. If you can find any in your stash, I'd be ecstatic.

Hair: Nope, same hair. However, when it's humid, my curls get tighter and the hair looks shorter ;-)
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