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I've got 3 pairs of hose, 1 bias cut blue linen, 2 purchased creme colored knit and a lovely pair of garters that Gwen the Potter gave me several years ago that she made herself. The knit hose don't need the garters to stay up, but I think they look better that way.

I've constructed 3 pairs of Drawers, (Brache or Calze in Italian) that are loosely based on these- without embellishment and following the shape and ratios of these, but based on my measurements: http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/workbox/extdraw1.htm
I'm still working on hand finishing 2 pairs of these, and think I may give at least 1-2 of these button closure instead of lacing holes.
Here's the inside, the hand finishing on the crotch gussets and the waist band. The acorn pincusion (made by the lovely fittzwm) is in the shot to get my figity camera to focus on the details better, otherwise it was just a flash of white.  

kathrynmice helped me measure, drape and pattern the drawers, as well as the working class Italian that is also in process. She even put together the bodice and made handsewn eyelets for it! I've got it back now to do the next step of contructing and carteridge pleating the skirt and I'll try to get some shots of it soon. I still need to make an apron, shoes, 3 partlets and start working on the patrician class gowns. I've got my first fixed neckline camica to finish, and then two more to produce after that. I'll try to remember take some construction pictures as we go along.

Awesome, great shots of how to accomplish the bottom of the open V front opening. This has been giving me fits, and this is such a beautiful and simple solution.
 http://www.sablegreyhound.com/GreenVelvetVgown.html

I've also still been working on my research into historical midwifery and prenatal care. I was looking for images of Renaissance Italian birthing chairs and came across this treasure trove:
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/search.aspx?theme=0&time&place=161&people=0&mode=filtersearch&perpage=80&page=2
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 I made both chicken ambrosino and pomagranite chicken last night with cous cous so I have leftovers today. OM NOM NOM. 

Now, I share the sewing geek love:
Costumers all tend to have a specific era or genre that appeals to us aesthetically, which is fine, but sometimes we get too focused (but I'd _never_ do that, right) and fail to appreciate other eras or genres that might suit our body type, our facial features, or even just challenge us to think outside the box a little bit. So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions: Give me one costume you'd want me to wear, and why. Picture links appreciated. :)

And then spread this meme like SARS and I'll try to do the same for you!

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Whew, what a busy long weekend. Sewing, bezant striking, more sewing, then some more sewing with a little sewing on the side. It's looking absolutely stunning though, we'll have the sparkliest Majesties EVAR. I can't wait to see it on them.

I was just a helper monkey on this project but I have to give some serious props to the brain trust that planned this out. If the end result is even remotely living up to your original expectations, WOW. Just, Wow.

I had a lot of fun playing with the metal, and the social time was pretty spiffy. I had a chance to hang out with people I don't often get a chance to spend time with.

Now, I just need to see about cat wrangling for the ball and if there's time try to get my ball gown finished. I've got it all cut out, I just haven't had a chance to do any sewing on it at all other than getting the channels done for the boning of the bodice.

Oh, and here's a site both for my friend Dustin and myself. For him because it's the website for a mongolian group (check out the link to the boots D) and they've got several relish recipes redacted from Platina.

http://www.viahistoria.com/SilverHorde/main.html?research/DayboardAlternatives.html

catching up

Sep. 7th, 2006 01:14 pm
raffaellasworld: (cheshire)
Work has been hell. Certain other aspects of my life have been "interesting" in a chinese curse kind of a way. A spiritual group that I had been backing away from due to internal conflicts and drama finally went nuclear and seems be be disolving. I'm both saddened and relived by this, and feel guilty for being relived. I think I'll try to get around to a separate post on that whole mess.

Had a great time at Crown! The downsides were unfortunate biological timing which was made more unpleasent by the abysimal facilities available, and the fracking heat. I'm so greatful that Ldy_lavendar had brought her fabulous pumping camp shower and let me use it. I would have had a much less pleasent weekend if I couldn't bathe (I know, I don't mind being a big ol' wuss on this count, better wuss than wiff).

I finally got to see people I've been trying to hang out with all season. It was way too short of course, as I was either on a mission, or was so exhuased that I could barely see straight much less hold a witty conversation. I got my peasant-y cheese. I donated to the cheese fund for peseant's revel (they roll it down a hill) and I wasn't able to make it so the divine Ms.M was kind enough to hold it for me since then. I'm having some for lunch, so yummy!

I had two friends along for this one. One of them is still shiney new to the SCA (Warren War last weekend being his first event) and the other hasn't really come out to play in about 10 years. Much fun dragging them along and playing hostess. I did feel guilty though, as I wound up doing way more volunteering time than I had planned. They were both amazingly cool about it though and made their own way just fine without me there every second.

The company was great, the food was great, all in all I think it was a pretty good event. If I were in charge of the world the only things I would have changed would be to turn down the heat a little during the day, especially Saturday, have the biffies pumped and cleaned WAY more often, and somehow add more hours to the day. I didn't get to hang out with people as much as I'd like, or sing nearly as much as I'd like.

I came home Sunday night and had the day monday to relax. I would up heading over to the_doctors and we watched Helsing and a little witchblade while I did some sewing on my (hopefully soon) to-be Venetian gown. I got the worst part of the cartridge pleating done, now I just have to stitch it to the bodice. There will be pictures forthcoming.

The grindstone is calling......perhaps more tonight if time permits.
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I've finally got around to figuring out how to get the pictures off my digital camera and on to my LJ. I'll do them in sections so as not to overwhelm.

These first three are of the beta version of the 1560-1570 Venetian gown I've been working on. I'm sure there will continue to be modifications to the pattern. I drafted it from scratch with the amazing and invaluable Ethelburga helping me (I couldn't have done it without her).

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