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.