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« on: March 17, 2012 02:48:36 AM »

Hey, I found some beautiful fabric, and decided it must be a bliaut, a lovely red cotton silk, light as air.
Then I found a braid last week and have been sewing furiously so I could wear it to the Medieval festival today. I had to admit defeat and it is lacking both sleeves and side lacing, but on the whole, I am very happy with it so far  Grin
All handsewn. Side and front and rear gores make it lovely and full, which you can't really see lol. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2012 01:27:25 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012 04:24:36 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012 07:20:56 PM »

It looks beautiful!  You really can see the fullness, and you win my complete respect for doing it all by hand.  Did you use a pattern, or make it yourself?
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012 04:14:41 AM »

thanks so much!
I followed this ladys instructions.
http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~lwittie/sca/garb/bliaut.html
Its a series of rectangles( and triangles), cut based on your own measurements.
For example, the main piece is a rectangle, and its measurements are
Length * from the floor to your shoulders x2, plus 2 x seam allowance (plus I would add a little extra)
Width * half your widest measurement plus 2 seam allowances.
all the other pieces are worked out the same way.
I have now added the sleeves which I am very happy with, they have 4 peices each, 2 squares and two rectangles.
I am still thinking about how I want to do the side lacing so for now have stitched the sides closed.
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012 05:29:11 AM »

Oh, thanks so much for sharing!  I may try one of these!  (I may also use the pattern for a Saidi dress, which I have to start working on pretty quickly, so thanks again--you rock!)
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012 12:51:56 AM »

It does look pretty similar to the Saidi dress ( I had to look that up  Grin) so good luck with both projects!
I have finished the sleeves and am pretty happy with the result.
I am now planning a muff, lined with rabbit fur and a cloak to wear with it.

Heres an updated pic.





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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012 07:13:48 AM »

That's extremely amazing. I love the edging and also everything. The funny thing is, it looks just like drawings I did after reading a comic book version of Beowulf. Yours is much better, hand sewing something like that seems an awesome feat to me. what stitch did you use? And what needle and thread?
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2012 05:44:20 PM »

thanks for the kind comment!
I always think you can do anything 15 minutes at a time, its how I approach most projects.
I would love to see your drawings  Grin
I just hemmed all the peices and whip stitched them together, the great edging is just a simple straight stitch.
If I had to do it again, I would sew the whole thing in a straight stitch and hem the edges together afterwards, might have given a neater finish. ( and quicker!)
If you ever feel compelled to make something similar, more than happy to give more detailed help,
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012 08:50:02 AM »

Thanks for all the information.
I lost those drawings a long time ago sadly.
I'm starting to really want to hand sew something, if I do I'll certainly come back to you!
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