Pennsic Panic Sewing

We’re leaving for Pennsic on August 2nd–a whole week of classes, campfires, and the best medieval shopping on the planet. But those durn boys have had the nerve to grow, so of course they need new tunics and pants. And I’m never quite happy with my own garb so I want a new dress or two for myself, and to revamp some of my older stuff.

One of my favorite dresses is handsewn in blue wool, closed with lacing rings, but because wool stretches, it winds up loosening too much over the course of the day. So I got it out, planning to take out the rings and put in eyelets. But there was a funky ridge across one side of the bodice. With the front lacing edge open from removing the lacing rings, I slid my hand inside and tried to smooth it out. No luck. Opened up the top, tried it from there, no dice.

I now have one half of my bodice completely detached and completely disassembled. With no eyelets in the edges, the heavy linen interlining had shifted and wrinkled, and completely taking it apart was the only way to straighten it out. Just another one of those projects, that starts out small and turns major!


Historic Costuming Challenge

Last year, I heard about the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge far too late for any meaningful participation. But I’m pleased to say that I have completed the first challenge of 2014, Make Do and Mend. My favorite smock fit nicely, except for the too-long sleeves. I’d intended them to be long, to poof through oversleeves, but I just don’t wear that type of oversleeve, and they were always a wrinkly rolled-up mess.

So today, I got it out, cut about six inches of the sleeves and re-hemmed them, checked for any loose stitching, and tossed it into the washer. Pictures forthcoming tomorrow, when it has had time to dry, but it’s going to be so much more comfortable to wear!


And so it begins.

I warped my floor loom (finally!) for the first time yesterday. Not only was it mildly intimidating (it’s BIG!), but I knew if the kids were home while I warped it for the first time, I’d be too distracted and I think they were off school more than they were in for the last couple of months. As it is, I’m pretty sure I made a couple of threading errors, but it is beamed and threaded, and I actually wove a few rows on it!

I’m missing a couple of tie-up chains, and the #4 harness rises smoothly enough, but sticks going back down. These are issues that definitely need to be addressed before the next warp.

Adventures in Weaving

Last spring I bought an Ashford 8 shaft 24″ table loom. My imagination was swirling with ideas for handwoven fabric for garb, fine linen towels, etcetera etcetera etcetera.

Reality bites. The loom arrived soon before finals week in school, so I assembled it, folded it up, and set it in a corner of my bedroom. After finals I took it out, threaded it, and realized I had crossed threads everywhere. I cut off and discarded the first warp, and tried again with some white cotton. More crossed threads. I swore at it and put it away again, and went back to the inkle loom.

I got it out again a few days ago, and after several days of slow, painstaking work I seem to have it threaded correctly. We shall see…


Hi there!

I’m new to this whole blogging thing. (Shut up, it takes me a while.)

Anyway. Idle hands, and all that–are you in the SCA? And if you are, what are you planning to wear to your Kingdom’s 12th Night? I have a working class persona, so I’m thinking a new chocolate brown linen kirtle, and a navy wool English gown over that. I’ll have to make myself a new hat, too. Headwear is something I always procrastinate about. I hate wearing anything on my head, and my hair is thick but very fine and slippery, so I have to use a bajillion hair pins. But it’s so very important to have the right headwear, to finish the look!