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.


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...


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...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We interrupt this program...

...for a brief announcement.

I've been needing/wanting a coat/zimarra for both fancy and cold. I even went so far as to purchase Margo Anderson's Comfort gown package with Italian mod pack in preparation, then spent a bunch of time on the internet trying to find suitable fabric.

That last bit was silly.

Turns out, I probably have enough of the green/gold brocade I got off Dagmaer's Buy Nothing list for the fancy one, and some silk to line it with. This is great. I also realized that I not only have enough lightweight olive wool (from Etienne's fire sale a few years ago) but it's THE PERFECT GARMENT to use the cashmere-blend fleece - that has been aging for far too long in my stash - as a lining. PERFECT. Also, the wide antique gold, iron-on trim I got a million years ago will be perfect. PERFECT.

I am most pleased.

Right, then.

As you were.

Maybe I'm sublimating, but I've been thinking about all of this a lot, lately

So, I ordered a bunch of lace off of eBay, last night, because I feel that my apron needs SuperFancy lace at the bottom, and then there were 10 yards of this other lace that I like to use on chemise collars and cuffs - but in ivory not white, which I prefer - and I think I need to be done with eBay for a while before this gets out of hand because then I started to go down the rabbit hole of fabric, and you see where this is going.


But still...fancy daggy lace for my apron.

Requisite justification for my choices: I cannot be bothered, at the moment, to actually tat my own damn lace. I understand the principle, and could describe the process to someone well enough, but it isn't where my interests lie, and I ain't got that kind of time, and my Renaissance Counterparttm wouldn't have been likely to do it herself, either. So. I purposefully seek out modern laces that mimic period patterns, techniques, and materials, like this stuff. It meets the 10 foot rule, and isn't horribly modern (read: optic white rayon, impossible patterns, obviously machine-made). And it means I may see the end of this project in a reasonable time-frame, which is important to my motivation. <--- KEY CONSIDERATION Unrelated: I'm thinking this might be the year for another run at the Historic Cookbook Lenten Recipes during actual Lent. It was Scappi, last time, which I might try again, but I've since picked up a couple of other useful tomes (Early French Cooking, a Neapolitan thing, and maybe an English one, IIRC), so I might veer toward something new. It was kind of fun, and did get me eating more fish, which is just a good idea in general. It will be interesting to see how the nutritional content stacks up against my commitment to Paleo/Keto/Low Carb. It's also kind of fun, in an "understanding my Renaissance Counterparttm" kind of way.