• Kentwell kirtle bodice

    Having drafted and tweaked my bodice pattern I cut out each piece in thick cotton calico and in canvas without any seam allowances. I sewed them together using large offset stitches, then used a machine to sew the front boning channels. These will stop the front from twisting and moving when the kirtle (or petticoat) is laced up. I'm just using a cable tie, it behaves quite a lot like bents, a period boning (plant) material.

    Next was to herring bone the shell/outer, a lovely tawny-coloured wool to the pieces. I had to remember to iron all the pieces between each sewing step; it's a pain in the behind, but an important step nonetheless.

    Then onto slipstitching in the lining. This is linen (and needed LOTS of ironing), and amazingly is almost the same colour as my wool, but has been in my stash for years!



  • shifts are boring

    and I'm being distracted by putting the kirtle bodice together!



  • shift time again

    I've been acepted for Kentwell, so it's time to get sewing again! 2 shifts to be getting on with (but the whole outfit has to be ready before my holiday in June, so at least things will get posted here more regularly for a while)!



  • It's like pulling teeth!

    I had this silly idea of making the hood with as few pieces of cloth as possible. This has meant trimming back excess fabric at the triangle points where the box sides begin. Inserting the stiffening has been a nightmare: trying to cut off the excess fabric, which is slipping all over the place; holding the linen in the correct position and then pinning the box side pieces into place. It really is like pulling teeth, I just don't have enough hands!

    I may have saved myself a few inches of fabric in the end, but the amount of stress when I might cut off too much fabric has been pretty nailbiting (and I have one still to do). I guess it's my own fault for wanting the triangular seams present across the box back, but I did want it to look "just so".

    I intend the next post to show a finished box, and also it attached to the frame ;-)



  • The hood, a work in progress

    So I've been quietly getting on with my hood this week after getting the holiday clothes (washing) out of the way and I'm fairly pleased with the results so far.

    I sandwiched the buckram triangles between the satin and velvet (a very awkward job, neither fabric would stay straight and constantly slipped over the other (lots of wonky seams to undo and redo); then sewed the triangle tips together and whipped the long seams (as per the photographs below). Now? a slight problem. I have NO IDEA what I've done with my roll of buckram. I've prevaricated on this project for so long that that many of the component pieces have been reabsorbed back into my fabric stash! It could be at any of three different properties (and in the attic of two of those). Mmm, time to go fabric shopping again. Whoop whoop!

    Then, I'll need to cut of the excess fabric and encase the narrow buckram rectangles (which will form the sides of the box), before attaching it to the hood itself (which has yet to be made).






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