Sunday, July 16, 2017

The war has come and gone, and I was not naked.

I managed, however, to cleverly not pack my yellow dress, but was happy to have remembered to throw in the burgundy dress at the last minute, or I certainly would have been.

The cunning plan for production sewing never really manifested, for all that I'm nearly to another complete dress, this time in light blue wool with yellow guarding:


I'm happy with how it's looking. I just need to finish the inside waist seam, hem it, then do the closures and sleeves.

In the mean time, this little ditty from the "Been Gonna Do" list went and got done did, today. I found - after an unnecessarily long search - some white wool challis, with the intention of making myself a kerchief to wear when it's chilly, but not cold.

The inspiration artwork is from these delightful ladies:


I didn't do process photos since I busted this out on my sewing machine because real blackwork wasn't something that was going to happen. But I am pleased with the result, as mechanical as it is. I may add to it, over time, I may not. But meanwhile, I will no longer look quite so disheveled when tucking this thing around my neck. My machine did not like sewing on this fabric, so the lovely patterned stitch that was supposed to happen...didn't. But it looks OK, so I'm-a run with it.


It's the accessories, you know, that really tie an outfit together...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Holy crap! There's a war in about a month. I need to step up production, because I can't just wear aprons.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Suddenly it's nearly May

So, here it is two weeks after Easter, and I realized that I never did get around to the Lenten recipes, this year. ::sadness:: One of these days...

In other news, though, I wore the mustard dress to our Baronial Banquet, and it was great! Only a couple of things to adjust, and I need to get the lacing rings on the sleeves, but otherwise, I'm very happy with it. The side-back lacing + front hook & eye closure is FUCKING GENIUS. Now I need to get a move on the blue wool, and bust out a coat. None of this will happen before Crown, because I'm off to London in a week, or so, and get back the day before.

I am optimistic that the Renaissance room at the V&A will be open, this time, so hopefully there will be interesting things to photograph. I'll see if I can find my *real* camera...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We nearly have dress!

Being sick has its advantages. I've managed to hand-finish the long skirt seams, and the binding, and am nearly done with the guarding on the yellow Florentine dress:


One more side to do, and then it's hooks, eyes, lacing rings, and a hem. I should have it done to wear next weekend at Baronial Banquet.

Yippee!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Checking in

Things have been a little slow on the project front, there at Tomyris's House for Busy Schedules. HOWEVER! Dear friend Helewise took time out of two weekends to help me get a couple of dresses - gold linen and blue wool, respectively - sorted out for Camping Seasontm. I am now tasked with doing all of the hand work to get them ready to wear. To wit:


I'm finishing the long skirt seams so I can then bind the seam where the skirt is attached to the bodice. Then it's just a few other fiddly bits, lacing rings and hooks/eyes. I took the advice of Morgan Donner and did both a side-back lacing and a front hook and eye arrangement so I can dress myself and easily adjust the fit as needed. She is very smart. The other dress needs the skirt attached, still, and then it will get the same treatment. Hopefully I won't embarrass my Laurel any more by looking like a complete schlep, and I won't feel angry every time I get dressed.

Retail Therapy has been the name of the game, lately. Picked up some glorious yellow silk from Renaissance Fabrics to line the brocade I picked up at 12th Night, that will also serve as the guarding on the blue wool dress, and a few yards of white linen to make another chemise to replace the Ripped Chemise of Blessed Memory. (A thought...I wonder if I can patch that?)

The apron and the hood are still out there, too, and I'll get back to them - they're my "portable" projects.

As luck would have it, next Friday is the first chance I'll get to do any Lenten recipe fun...and the Archbishop has granted everyone leave to eat meat because it's St. Patrick's Day. I'm-a do the tuna anyway, I think, since Gods know I won't be going out for Amateur Night. So, watch this space...

This weekend was our Kingdom's Arts and Sciences and Bardic Championships. I didn't go. I don't regret that for a moment. I am thrilled by and for the next Champions, though! It's not an easy task to achieve.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Woops! Lost track of time...

UPDATE:

So, I've now got two camp dresses cut out and in varying stages of completion. Helewise is helping, for which I am grateful. I need to park my ass on the sofa, this week, and get some serious hand-sewing done before we can move on, in a couple of weeks. It's very exciting. I also expect to cut out/put together at least one coat. It's a frustrating experience, because I have to do it on my kitchen floor, but I'm optimistic that I'll figure out how to make it work. I'm looking very forward to finally using the glorious iron-on trim of subtle bling on it. It will be perfect. I need to get some frogs, too, now that I think about it.

Still on the go are the hood, chemise, and lacy apron. I see some Sir David Attenborough documentaries in my future. They're great for just turning on and then not really paying a lot of attention to.

I took some time, the other night, to find a few recipes from Scappi to attempt during the Great Lenten Food Experiment of 2017. Two fish, and one squash soup. I'll be posting the original (translated), plus my actual redaction, as well as a trip report, in case any of you loyal reader(s) want to try it yourself at home.

Pictures soon, of various and sundry. And hopefully more progress up on which to report. And an attempt to not take on any more projects until I cross some of these off my list as done.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

I am much excite

The patterns to create a couple of zimarra have arrived. I am a-squee. I probably won't get to to it for a bit, but I'm glad to have it at the ready. Camping season will happen before I know it!

Meanwhile, play date with Beloved Laurel, today, wherein I will probably just work on the hand-stitching on the apron, and review potential recipes for the Great Lenten Experiment of '17. I still haven't decided on English, Italian, or French...