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My willow bents from Grannd arrived yesterday.

Yes, boys and girls, I am a geek and I caved in. No artificial stuff for my farthingale. (God help us.)

But it seems that the willow will do what I want it to do. Yay me!

On other news, I went to the doctor today, and now I have a nice assortment of antibiotics and Prednisone. So okay, Hycodan is wonderful, but it is not sustainable. I can't spend my days asleep until the effect wears off and the coughing fits start again. (Although I must admit it was very nice.)

But at least I am functional today.

(Sort of.)

And now, back to the salt mines. There is a report with my name on it and it won't write itself.



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Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I really want to talk to you about that farthingale... and how the willow treats you.

I still have to decide if I want to try to make my own reed boned corset.

You said to go with the small hemp cord instead of the large? Everyone else has said to go large... I'll have to try this on the next bodice/corset attempt. Though I admit to being tempted by the cable tie method. *sighs*
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
I will be posting about my adventures with willow bents :-D

For the corset, you can use broom bristles. I did that with one and it works wonderfully. (That was actually a piece of advice from Kate Maunsel. I highly recommend it.)

(And brooms are cheap.)

You can go with the thick cord if you prefer, but the thick one is very bulky, a pain in the butt to work with, and does not behave as nicely like the thin one. I boned a bodice for Countess Denise when she was queen using the thin ones. She is not a small-breasted woman and, believe me, it supported her like nobody's business ;-)

The trick is to use 4 thin cords per channel, as opposed to one or two of the think ones.

A piece of advice, bone a couple of small pieces using varios types of boning: bents, broom bristles, cord (thin and thik), and see how it works before you commit your entire piece.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips.
I think I'm going to wait on the boned items issue for a few. Since I have some mending and such to do.

But I do want to make a Venetian V-Front gown, so I'm Probably going to need to reinforce the lining of the gown. I'm probably going to do one in hemp so I'll be able to launder it, but I'll end up doing at least one with a less machine-washable stiffener.

How DOES one clean something stiffened with bents, broom bristles, etc...?
Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)

I'm serious.

In period, they wore linen undergarments for a reason. So that they can be removed and washed while the other garments couldn't be. As long as you don't sweat a bucket an hour, you will be fine by wearing a clean smock and promptly airing out your corset and outer garments as soon as you take them off. (Do not ball them up right after taking them off and then forget about it for a month!)

If you get specific spots, you can spot clean or maybe dry clean it (I have never had the courage to hand over a cartridge pleated, boned gown to a dry cleaner!). Also, guards on hems are there for a reason...so you can rip them off and either wash them or replace them. The hem is by far the dirtiest part of anything you wear.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
I am a klutz.

Those who know me and love me will probably just nod (ok, they will also make fun of me), but they will all agree. I don't have natural grace. Or if I did, I dropped it somewhere.

I am aware that at some point whatever I am wearing will be in need of some serious cleaning.

And I do sweat buckets. At least during the warmer than 80 degree days with more than one layer on. It's genetics. My neighbors used to stop to ask if I was ok when I worked in my garden. Something about being beet red and sweating so bad I soaked through my shirt... Then again, that was hard labor in the beating sun for about an hour.

Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic. I tend to do that when sewing is involved.

I'll keep that in mind. Don't wash nice clothes, especially those with reed bits... don't wash. Bad Simona, don't wash... Ok, I think I can remember now. ;p
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Are the willow bents on their website? I only found reeds (and I have to confess I'm not entirely sure what the reeds are made of, their description is a little confusing). I'm in the middle of my entirely handmade undergarment set (smock done, stockings done, coif done, partlet done, only the hardest parts left--the new corset and farthingale!) and I might give a swing at using appropriate materials unless it turns into a big pain in the posterior.

(why exactly I need a new farthingale when I only wear the one I already made maybe once a year or so is a considerable mystery...)
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
It is the reeds, but Marcellus and I think it is willow. It may be something else, but it works. I ordered the 1/2 inch oval shaped one. They come in a coil.

You are supposed to soak them before you use them. Also, I will need to experiment on joints in case they are too short and have to piece them together. However, I pulled out a little bit of one of them and slid them through one of the casings. It slides very nicely and I am sure will do what I need it to do. At least they are not floppy. :-)
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