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Crown Tourney!

We are back from Crown Tourney and, in case anyone is wondering, Ragnarr is back on the throne. Yay! It will be a fun reign, I am sure.

Anywhoo, the day was wonderful and I got to dress in girls' clothes, which is always a lot of fun. I also wore my new spiffy wool hosen. I must say, I was kind of worried when I noticed that the weather was getting warmer, as I thought I was going to roast in those. Nevertheless, not only I did not roast but the fulled wool provided some nice cushion for my feet, which were currently encased in nifty turnshoes with absolutely no arch support.

It was great.

Since the grass was dry, I did not have to wear pattens, and it was like walking barefoot all day.

I like turnshoes and nifty hosen.

The fights went great. Miguel and Violante looked amazing in their Moorish white garb, and the Pontoons did great in the tournament. Also, jurgenzuvols won the Tempore Atlantia with his amazing handwoven tunic for both best handwoven item and for best in show. It was awesome.

And of course, there were some very nifty A&S entries. Of particular note were the glass items that Elspet displayed. My god, I die of envy every time she displays anything. And I loved Violante's display on dyes, particularly her documentation. I got some nifty ideas from it.

Today I have dedicated to cutting some new garments, especifically a new set of fencing garb. Deep chocolate light linen, which will be turned into a pair of venetians and a doublet, decorated with gold or rose linen bias. This will be my summerweight fencing garb, as it will be interlined with heavy silk habotai. Light and breezy, and ready for those hot summer months.

I would also like to make a 15th C. self-supporting cotehardie for the summer. I have a nice cache of orange linen shot with black that I purchased at Pennsic once upon a time just because it was pretty. Really nice. My only problem is that I only have 3 1/2 yards of it. Do you guys think that it will be enough for that? I believe it is at least 58" wide. Otherwise, I will have to continue looking for a use for it. And it is really pretty.

And now, going to the kitchen. Some marinated chicken is calling my name and asking to be broiled.



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May. 7th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'd heard (once upon a time) that silk was an insulator, and so not particularly wonderful for summer garb. Is that logic faulty?

Is the 15c cotehardie the one with the wasitband and circle-ish skirt? Or a 10-gore type dress? I've done a 10-gore with under 4 yards of 45" wide, and could definitely do it again with 3 1/2 yards of 55+" wide. Not sure if that's incredibly useful, though, since my clothes are obviously me-sized.
May. 8th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: fabrics
Actually, you are right. If I were to wear the silk against my skin, that would be a very bad thing as it sticks. However, sandwiched between two layers of lightweight linen, it is very breezy and it gives you the desired protection. :-)

The cote would be either a 10 or a 4 gore dress. I am crossing my fingers.
May. 7th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I can make a short sleeved supportive kirtle with a slim skirt out of three yards of material. Since you're smaller than I, you should be fine with 3.5 yards.
May. 8th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
3.5 yards will be tight. Are you going to do the waist seam or not? How tall are you? I find that makes more of a difference than width. If you do it, it would probably have to have short sleeves, and a pretty slim skirt. Graph paper is your friend. :-)
May. 8th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Hola, I am 5'4.5". My main concern is that this fabric has a very slight striped pattern. You need to squeeze your eyes to see it, but it is there. I wish I had purchased more fabric but, how was I to know? At the time 3.5 seemed like a good idea for a fabric that I liked but I did not know what to use it for :-(
May. 8th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
What direction does the stripe run? Vertical, or horizontal? It shouldn't matter too much, especially if you're doing short sleeves. Those can generally be laid out in any directions.

If they stripes are horizontal, you could lay out the pieces sideways on the fabric. As long as you're on grain one way or t'other, you'll have support.
May. 8th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
I would probably like the lines vertical. More flattering to my girlish figure :-)
May. 8th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
But on the fabric, the stripes run the long way?
May. 8th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
No, I believe they run the short way. I need to go back and take a look, just to make sure
May. 8th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
You could also go for a somewhat earlier look, a la 1340s or so. The skirts were narrower, the chests were flatter (there's debate ast to whether some of these were supportive - I think with a smaller bust it would be possible *and* look right), and the they often had large guards at the bottom. With creative layering, you could get a really nice outfit.

In Romance of Alexander, and some Machaut images, you often have a long-sleeved underdress, with a 6"-10" guard. The over-dress has short sleeves with short pendants, and no guards. The skirts aren't terribly full, especially in the Machaut images.
May. 8th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Uhhhh . . . I think what you're talking about. That sounds like a very good idea. Do you have any links to images?
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