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« on: June 20, 2010 02:52:05 AM »

This has been in the making for quite a loooong time now lol, but *finally* it is pretty much finished Cheesy Joy joy joy.

Over the past year and a bit I've been really getting into historical re-enactment, mainly because my housemates have all been doing it for years and years.  Next week we are off to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk to take part in their annual Henrican recreation of Tudor life.  My boyfriend has been going to this since he was a baby and so I really wanted to get involved and go with him Smiley  I'm going as a low player, hence the pretty plain and simple costume, due to my low status.  I've tried to keep this as authentic as possible.  Pretty much all of it is completely hand sewn, apart from the seams up the side of the bodice, and I used plastic coated steel boning for the bodice instead of a more authentic material.  

I didn't really use a pattern for the kirtle.  I found a bodice generator somewhere on line and sort of adapted it to the right shape, but most of the pattern cutting was done by draping the material. It ended up being far to big initially, which I only realised after I'd sewn it all together, so had to unpick the waistband, and put in a back seam so that I could cut out the excess material.  The waist band was also initally to low for the period, so altered the straps slightly so it got pulled up high enough.  The shift I made using a pattern found on the Elizabethan Costume page - http://www.elizabethancostume.net/ .  It's a brilliant resource for costuming for those who haven't seen it Smiley

Here's some pictures Smiley  (I hate photos of me so my face looks ridiculous!!)



The shifts are made out of linen, and then stained with tea to make them look more aged, as I didn't want to go with a bright shiny new white shift Smiley  The kirtle is made from some lovely brown wool material I found.

And a full shot of the whole thing -





Yeh, I know I'm not wearing a shift in this which is highly indecent of me, but it shows by lovely belt and pouch Smiley



And a close up of the eyelets.  Just these took me about 3 solid days of work.   Completely hand sewn, and made using a needle --> nail --> pencil and finally a chop stick.  Theres probably much easier ways of doing this lol.



I've also made 2 linen coifs, which are both lined inside, as well as a bag to attach to my belt which will hold by recorder.



For those that are interested the recorder is a single holed rosewood Mollenhauer Dream.

I still have one shift left to make, as I reallyyyy didn't fancy wearing the same one everyday for about 10 days.  I'm also wearing a linen petticoat under the kirtle as well as the shift.

Pretty excited about going now!!!  Just need to repair the authentitent and make the boyfriend some hose and we're all finished Cheesy  Very excited!!  Anyway thanks for looking Smiley

If any of you are interested in seeing what goes on at Kentwell, this is the website - http://www.kentwell.co.uk/

Vicki x

« Last Edit: June 20, 2010 06:59:46 AM by oceansoul » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010 03:47:07 AM »

Wowowowowowoww Smiley
what a lot of hard work, looks like it was definitely worth it! Cheesy
Diggin' the recorder by the way- highly underrated instrument
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2010 05:41:00 AM »

Good job! 
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2010 06:18:34 AM »

You look great - and what a work to handsew all that!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2010 06:55:04 AM »

Thank you all Smiley

Yes it has been a bit of mission thanks to all the hand sewing but was definitely worth it!!  My Mum was brilliant and helped out whenever I visited to.  Will hopefully get some nice shots in action during 1538!! (The chosen year for this year's Kentwell)

This project made me hate eyelet holes so much!!  And I still have four left on my shift.  Bad times!!  Will have to get used to them anyways, need to make medieval kirtle after this!!

@elucidation:  Yeh recorder's are awesome!! That one is so lovely to play as well Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2010 08:10:47 AM »

Nice job!  And the hand done eyelets I did for a similar ren faire dress were done basically the same way, including the pencil, so you're not alone.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2010 02:11:42 AM »

Your garb looks wonderful, kudos on all the handsewing. And you're so lucky to get to wear it to Kentwell!! While I was making my garb this spring, I stared at Kentwell videos on youtube for AGES, trying to make sure I understood the variety of colors and styles the working class wore.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010 06:08:30 PM »

Love this costume. And well done for the hand sewn eyelets.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2010 08:55:00 AM »

Thank you all Smiley 

@kategirl:  Haha yeh, was definitely an interesting and uber time consuming way of making eyelets!! I refused to cheat and sew over metal ones though!!!

@perches:  Thank you!  They wear so many different colours lol, gets far too confusing for my liking! Kentwell is such an amazing place to go though.  If you ever get the chance to do it you'll have a fantastic time Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2010 09:51:50 PM »

Kudos on spiral lacing!!! I rarely see it anymore since people still tie up their stuff like shoelaces all the time. Kind've a pain in the butt to measure and make but sooo worth it.

And a close up of the eyelets.  Just these took me about 3 solid days of work.   Completely hand sewn, and made using a needle --> nail --> pencil and finally a chop stick.  Theres probably much easier ways of doing this lol.


There are. Smiley Invest in a tapered tailor's awl if you plan on doing any number of of handmade eyelets in the future. It's one of my favorite tools. <3 You're basically moving the threads apart instead of cutting them, so bonus it makes the eyelets even more stronger. Best $7 I've spent on period costume making. Tongue
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