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Almost Sapphire . . .

My gathered kirtle is almost ready. First row of guards is pinned and ready to be sewn. Second row may or may not happen today, but that is one that I can always attach later. It will all depend on how much progress I can make tonight, but at least one row of guards will be ready.

I must say, this is the most comfortable bodice that I have ever owned. I previously had used broom bristles to stiffen doublets, but this is the first boned bodice I make, and those suckers (broom bristles) worked like gangbusters. Not only they look right, but they feel right.

Yes, I did think about using plastic ties, but I just could not bring myself to do it. Broom bristles are a little bit more time consuming in that you have to stick a bunch of them, one by one, but the comfort is well worth the effort.

And now that I have made my first gathered petticoats (or kirtle), I can make more in every color. Plus, now I can make a variety of corsets too!

My fear of making 16th Century boned bodices and corsets has been left behind.

Yay me!

The best part? I can use this kirtle as a dress, with a doublet, jacket or surcote on top, or I can use it as underwear and just make a gown (unboned!) and throw it on top. This is just too cool.

Anywhoo, I hope to see many of you tomorrow at Sapphire. The weekend promises to be lovely, and it will be loads of fun.

Happy weekend everyone!


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May. 25th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I absolutely adore my two boned kirtles (the grey wool one and the red one I wear with my Flemish outfit). They are comfortable and attractive (at least I think so!). Today I ordered some reeds so that I can use more appropriate material than flat steel next time. And 16th C mix and match is the best! (I still think my grey wool sleeves look better with my blue and red Flemish than they do the grey wool gown!)
May. 28th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Reeds are great. I just got mine as well, as I want to experiment with different stiffeners and see what they look like and how they feel.

I love your gowns! They look so comfy and so correct!
May. 26th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Very nice pic!
May. 28th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
May. 27th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Looked great on Saturday - I love seeing people's clothes after hearing all about it on LJ!
May. 28th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: kirtle
Thanks! I still need to add another guard to the skirt, but I was very happy with how it turned out. And it's comfy!

It was great seeing you and Adam again!
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