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Message Board > Sew Alongs > Historical clothing sew-along 2012 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Historical clothing sew-along 2012
for events or just for fun
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Date: 12/28/11 11:04 AM

Anyone up for a historical clothing sew-along? Any purpose or just for fun! Theater, parties, re-enactment or SCA, festivals, whatever!

I was lazy last summer and didn't get enough done. Actually, I got to the point where I needed to sew several dozen eyelets by hand, and put the garment aside. Now I have less than three months to:
finish a lightweight short-sleeved 15th century kirtle (just needs the hem which is only a mile long)
draft, cut, and sew a heavy 15th century overgown
make at least two pairs of pin-on sleeves
make a backup pair of hosen
fix the neckline on my smock
before the first event of the season in March, which is usually cold and wet enough to involve multiple layers and the use of spare, dry garments on day 2. Did I mention that I sew all of this by hand?

I also want to make a new 15th century cloak, as my current one is 15 years old and of dubious cut and color. Plus when it rains, the cloak tends to soak it all up and it would be nice to have a spare if it gets sodden at the start of an event.

Plus I am going to a pirate feast in a month and am trying to cobble something together - this event does not require authenticity, so I get to take lots of shortcuts. At this point I just really need to find a pair of shoes (I am going to hunt the thrift stores for something modern but passable) and make a vest. The vest fabric is hopefully arriving today, and I do get to use the sewing machine on this one.

What are you sewing this year?

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Date: 12/28/11 11:06 AM

well, this sounds like fun, and I don't normally do this kind of thing! I'll have to give some thought as to what I might enjoy working on....

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Date: 12/28/11 3:13 PM

I'm in. Can we post pictures along the way. It always helps if I see what others are doing it keeps me motivated.

I've got one in the planning stages. It's the barbeque dress from GWTW from the Pegee of Williamsburg pattern.

I'm not doing the chiffon stuff, just trying the pattern with some printed satin because the instructions are a little strange. Before I do the real thing I thought I better try it out first.

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Date: 12/28/11 3:14 PM

I procrastinated this past fall and ended up having to have a marathon session which ended up in me having a skirt for my event, but I was not pleased with it (waistband was quirky), creating a skirt, bodice and chemise for my MIL, and altering a bodice for myself as well as repairs and tweaks to DH and FIL's costumes. I know I have a festival in April, and one in the fall. I am planning on making a very nice (lord/lady lvl) costume for DH and myself so I need to start now for the Fall event. We just do ours for fun. No rules so it makes it easier than hand sewing, but also causes me to get in over my head sometimes....I'm up for the sew along...maybe it will get me started.

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Date: 12/28/11 7:36 PM

Have never done historical sewing however my SIL asked me to make a 1880's Peasant dress. The pattern is from "Past Patterns". A eager to hear if others have used the pattern.

Annette

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Date: 12/28/11 8:32 PM

Oh, how fun! As of *right now,* my projects for 2012 will be a 16th C. fitted English gown of grey wool, and maybe an Elizabethan waistcoat/Jacobean jacket of teal velvet.

I also want to get back to an early 16th C. Italianate Franco-Flemish mashup from a tapestry. I started it several years ago and grew frustrated with the bodice fit. I've learned a lot more about this style since then (it's not widely reproduced, so I've been piecing info from other sources together to figure it out), and feel a lot more confident about draping a bodice for it now. I've also just gotten the newest book from the Tudor Tailor, THE QUEEN'S SERVANTS, which features gowns from the same era (tho' not precisely the same style), and I've been jumping up and down with glee, as it proves something I've been saying about this style of gown for four years. Ha!

Stay tuned on that. :D

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Date: 12/29/11 10:54 AM

Silknmore, which pattern number is it? There are some review of this pattern company here: GBAC review page

I can't hem my almost-finished kirtle until it hangs for a while (the skirt panels are cut with one side on grain and the other side on the bias). In the meantime, the pirate vest fabric (taupe wool tricotine) arrived yesterday, I am lining it with natural linen from stash. I'm using the vest from simplicity 4923. The rest of the outfit will be a black/taupe silk jacquard coat and black pants also from 4923 (made years ago), a linen shirt from a Folkwear pattern, knee-high modern tights, and a tricorn hat picked up from a gift shop in Boston. Hopefully I can get the vest sewn up really fast and move on to more 15th century stuff.

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Date: 12/29/11 12:06 PM

I haven't made that one, but I have used Past Patterns and the instructions are kind of wierd sometimes. It just depends. I think sometimes it's easier to tell someone how to do something than write it down.

They use some older sewing techniques so I had to pull out some books and do some research and go on line, but I figured it out and the dress turned out lovely so I can't complain.

Just allow yourself extra time if you have to go hunting.

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Date: 12/31/11 6:56 AM

I've got a Regency outfit to sew in time for september 2012. Including wrapover dress, petticoat, spenser jacket and something for my hair, bonnet, cap or turban.

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Date: 12/31/11 8:55 AM

Well Ladies, I am intrigued..Historical clothing and costuming is a passion of mine, which has not seen the light of day for many years. I have been sewing costumes for others and dreaming about sewing some historical/period garments for myself. Maybe this thread will lend some focus to the dream.

I will follow along while I contemplate the possibilities. First I have some ufo's to get out of the studio.

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