Posts Tagged ‘13th century’

Meet JennyShoshanna has a doll named Jenny. She may look like an American Girl doll but she’s really the Target version thereof. Anyway. Jenny goes EVERYWHERE with us. I think the only night Shoshanna has slept without Jenny since she got her in April was when she had an overnight at camp last week and we wouldn’t let her take Jenny for fear she would be lost.

As you can see, though, Jenny’s clothes (somehow she still only has the set that she came with) are not really very medieval. And that is why I’m sitting here, the night before we leave to go to Pax for the weekend, hemming a tiny blue tunic made from raw silk.

I’ll post measurements for the doll and the garment later.


Back in November, when I cut out Shoshanna’s yellow tunic to go with her Viking I also cut out a new smock for her because she’d been wearing her old one for four years. And she’s a LOT bigger now than she was four years ago. No really, look how little she was when she first had it! And at one time it even had long sleeves!

So last week I put together the smock that I cut out six months ago. And just for fun, I decided to see how long it took, because I’m ALWAYS getting asked “How long does it take to DO that?” and I wanted to actually have an answer.

  • Cutting: probably half an hour
  • Machine sewing & finishing: 2 hours on the nose
  • Hand finishing: three Merlins (another 2 hours)

So… for a kid’s garment, 4 1/2 hours. I don’t know how much scaling for an adult would add. Maybe I’ll test that theory next time.

Scottish Fest Demo is Saturday.  (Come out and play!  It’s oodles of fun!)  None of Shoshanna’s clothes fit her (mostly in the length).  Logic dictates that at 10:15 on Wednesday night I’m digging around in the fabric that Honnoria gifted me with to make clothes for the kid because I can’t for the life of me figure out where the lavender fustian went.  Thankfully there was a 2 yard hunk of gorgeous blue/green linen in there, so that’s going to become a tunic for Shoshanna between now and Saturday morning.  Because I’m awesome like that.

I have so many things that I need to get done before Pennsic – and we’re not even going again this year!  But I have promised lots of things to lots of people by the end of July.  And so I sew…

First up is Catlin’s riding tunic ’cause it’s the most-delayed.  I’m making really good progress on it, actually – as of right now both sleeves are in.  I just have to put the gores in and hem it!  In is process, though, I had to fix one of the perils of cutting two layers of fabric at the same time: the funky cut.
There were two spots like this on the body panels, where I’d had wrinkles when I cut the fabric and so there was a bit where the cut wasn’t straight and the not-straight-bit went deeper into the body of the fabric than I could fix with my enclosed seam treatment.  I did the obvious thing: I patched it.  I did this in two different ways.  First, I just applied a conventional patch:
I lined up the raw edge, turned the others under, and stitched it down. This is functional. It could have been much smaller, actually, but it works.

For the second one, I tried a more understated approach.
Can you even see it? This is a very narrow strip, applied the “wrong way” with a running stitch and then folded over and tacked down.  Same effect, less bulk.  It ends up barely showing at all, even on the inside of the garment.

A couple of months ago Countess Ilish asked me if I’d be willing to teach something about 13th century clothes at really low-key event she was putting together.  I said yes, of course, and used it as the motivation to finally finish my handout on how to make braies, which you can now see here.

The event was a whole lot of fun… very low-key with a nice list of classes.  I went to Marsi’s class on setting center gores, which was interesting because she does it slightly differently than Marcele does; I’ll have to try her method sometime, too, to see which way I like better.  Then I went to Orianna’s class on the Greenland gown, and was reminded of how really dead simple they are to make and that I should do it more often (but not ’til after the A&S 50 challenge is over!).  Sat around and chatted until my class, which was SHOCKINGLY well-attended.  I’d brought a whole slew of handouts and they descended on them LIKE VULTURES.  And then I prattled happily, with lots of back and forth (thankfully) about 13th century clothes for a good 45 minutes.

And you know the Kid had fun because she passed out in the car on the way home.  It was also our first event taking a dedicated sitter with us – which I didn’t really have much choice about since Matatias was out of town.  Too bad it’s very expensive to hire a teenager for the day because that was awesome.

Her Majesty’s Pooh Tunic: > 3/4 assembled (one side complete, the other not).

His Majesty’s Pooh Tunic: 1/2 to assembled.

TRM came by on Monday to check necklines (I’m soooo paranoid about necklines) and a good thing, too, because I need to put bigger gussets in His Majesty’s sleeves.

If I am a good little worker bee I should be able to have them done by the middle of next week.

Pooh Fabric This pile of “Pooh” colored linen (Shoshanna’s color-description, not mine) is destined to be tunics for TRM, to be worn either solo or under their Viking overlayers.  To be done by Pennsic (eep!).  Good thing I’m machine-sewing them!  🙂

Several months ago I agreed to put front & back gores in an otherwise-finished tunic for HRM Maynard.  It’s something I’ve done lots of times but I had never been totally satisfied with how it came out.  I can DO it, I just don’t LIKE it.

Then Tasha posted her instructions for setting a gore in a slit.  Tasha, it must be said, is a lifesaver, because while this is not anything that I hadn’t seen before, she put it in a way that I could make sense of.  (And I think having the instructions to refer back to really helped, too.  Previously I’ve only been SHOWN how to do it.)  And the gores, they came out beautifully.  Sadly, I didn’t manage to get any good pictures of them but HRM wore the tunic for court at Pax and it looked great, at least from afar.

I counted this for my A&S 50 because, while I didn’t do the whole garment, the re-learning how to do center gores was a pretty big thing for me and definitely will have an impact on how I go about constructing 13th century clothing.

Matatias & Caleb

I entered Caleb’s armor into Baronial A&S Championships last weekend.  It’s done except for the hosen.

Read more here.