Saturday, April 30, 2011

Not Too Late!

It's not too late to enter my giveaway! Contest ends at 11:59pm tonight!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Anniversary Giveaway!

This past week, The Compleatly Dressed Anachronist turned 3! To celebrate, I'm giving one reader this:

A hand-made (by yours truly) medium-weight, 100% linen veil (perfect for any time of year), hemmed with 100% silk thread. The veil is an oval measuring (roughly) 32" x 40", which is an ideal size for an all-day veil. This veil is a great way to impress your friends with your awesome stylishness! It would even make a great gift!

HOW TO ENTER: I'm making this really easy! Simply add a comment to this post that includes:
  • Your (mundane) geographic location, and
  • A brief statement about why you need or would like the veil.
You must enter by 11:59pm Saturday (the 30th). I will select and announce the winner next Sunday. This giveaway is open to everyone, so please enter!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gray Dress Wrap-up

Overall, I'm happy with the way my new gray wool dress turned out, and I'm sure it will get a lot of wear. I did have a few issues and learned a great deal from this project. But first, here's the final result:

First, the cons:
  • The waist seam ended up a few inches higher than it should have been. In the photos, my belt is sitting exactly on top of it. A slightly dropped waist would have offered a bit of lengthening to my torso and been a little more flattering.
  • The seams are very visible. I should have risked a bit of aggressive washing first to full it a bit more to help conceal the seams.
  • The shoulder seams ended up about 1/2" to the front which isn't awful, but does make my chest look like it's weighing the front of the dress down. I knew it was doing that when I did the pattern, but I overlooked it because I wanted to get the dress done and I didn't want to risk losing the fit everywhere else if I tried to correct it.
  • The shoulders and arm holes are not identical and are off- the arm holes are just a hair too small, and there's a bit of pulling toward my left shoulder.
  • My hand sewing is on the sloppy side at the neckline. I've got some rippling that I wouldn't have gotten if I'd paid more attention.
Now the pro's:
  • The length is perfect. It just skims the floor, and the weight of the skirt feel "right" when I walk. Though it could be fuller with two more panels, it's actually full enough.
  • The flat front on the bodice did amazing things to my curves (though I'm not happy with how my breasts look on the front-on view- I think my bra is to blame.) It flattered my left-over baby belly.
  • It's a very nice weight in general. Because there's no sleeves, I didn't have temperature issues. I don't think it will work for summer events, but it's good for spring and fall.
  • It's a new style for me! I would classify the overall look as late 15th century. It's extremely utilitarian. It works well on its own, but I can also see how it would do wonders under a lightweight houppelande.
I wear a bra regardless of how well my dress may be fitted- I'm just too large in the bust to feel comfortable without one, and thus far I haven't been able to make a dress that supported me well enough to make up for a bra. The bra, unfortunately, doesn't do me any favors- as I mentioned earlier, I'm really unhappy with the front-on view above, which makes my breasts look heavy and low. Granted that's what they really do look like, but that's not the medieval look. I think it may be time to invest in a very good sports bra that will create a uni-boob effect that's more appropriate.

However, undergarments aside, I think I've got a much better grasp of how a flat-front, waist seam kirtle can work as the outer dress of my garb quest. The difference will primarily be that my kirtle will not require the fitting that this gray dress does, and because of that, I'll have a great deal of opportunity to fix the areas that need adjustment.

So, onto the next thing. The hose, I think. I really must not be afraid of the hose.

EDIT: Right after I posted this, I saw a new post on Princess of Bob that showed her new waist seam kirtle. I have to say, she did a really good job. It's making me wonder if a front lacing on my garb quest kirtle might not be the better thing to do.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stuchlein Information

I haven't read the whole thing yet but this is very cool:

How to make a Stuchlein
Posted over on Textile Time Travels

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day at Home

Last minute yesterday, Dearg and I decided it would be best if I stayed home with the kids instead of all of us going to the event. I really wanted to go, but between our daughter's new-found lactose issues, the cold weather and the fact that he had a million and one commitments at the event while I had none, there really wasn't much of a decision there. Oh well.

Since I wasn't planning on having today free anyway, I took the opportunity to get a couple of projects done that have been getting shoved aside. First, I removed the ribbons on the backs of the twins' gowns and replaced them with buttons. The ribbons weren't working- they were narrow satin ribbons that just kept untying. The buttons will be much better, and probably a bit safer. Plus it kind of tidies up the look of the gowns.

Then I completed the honeycomb on my "frilled" veil. I basically used a modification of a smocking stitch. Instead of going to the back of the fabric, I simply passed the thread through the hem on each layer from one stitch to the next. It's not much to look at right now since it's still flat. I've got to get a dowel and cut it down into setting sticks, like Isis demonstrated. I'm going to try to make some potato starch. I know that's not period for the middle ages, but it's better than modern starch.

It was nice to have a quite day to just do some stuff. I spent a fair amount of the day goofing off with Owen, and I played a succession of movies while I worked. Though I was sad to have missed the event, the day certainly wasn't a loss.