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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Lots and lots of Renaissance Doublets on: March 31, 2012 10:42:56 AM
Yeah, I have no problem with LARPing - my husband was a hard-core LARPer back in the day, and I've played in a few myself.  Recently, one of my students and her boyfriend discovered that we used to LARP, and are trying to recruit us into their game.  It's nice to know that it's alive and well, even in the younger generation!

I adore historic men's clothing - you're right, it is overlooked, but it can be so pretty and fun to make!  I draft my patterns - but if you need to purchase, I highly recommend Reconstructing History.  They have a wide variety of doublet styles, and their customer service is top notch. 

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: 16th c. Italian Working class ensemble - Renaissance on: January 23, 2012 12:31:10 PM
Gosh, thank you!  THAT was a pleasant surprise!  Grin
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Medieval garb, Pic Heavy on: January 23, 2012 12:29:49 PM
Gorgeous!  I love all the embroidery details. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Folkwear 222 - Vintage Vests on: December 22, 2011 01:59:32 PM
Thanks, guys!  I sure hope he likes it. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Folkwear 222 - Vintage Vests on: December 22, 2011 11:06:06 AM

My Husband's Christmas present, complete!

My husband is a ballroom dance instructor - I call him my very own personal Patrick Swayze. Smiley  He has to wear slacks, shirt, and tie to work every night - and this fall he found a vest at Goodwill that he likes to throw in for a change every once in a while.  For Christmas, he asked for another vest.  I TRIED to be lazy and just buy him one - but all the vests I found were cheap (polyester, mass produced monstrosities) and expensive ($85 for a plain black polyester vest?  Weak).  So i broke down and made him one.

The striped fabric was a scrap of really lush suit-weight wool, black with grey/silver pinstripes.  The lining and back are a high-quality polyester lining.  Buttons from Hancock's - I had wanted to use pewter buttons, but didn't think about it in time to order any.  We can always switch them out later, if he wants me to. 

Although I usually draft my patterns, I ended up using a commercial pattern for this - I didn't have time to draft something nice, and all I have is his chest measurement, so I needed something that worked off of standard sizing.  Enter Folkwear 222 - Vintage Vests.

Pattern Description: From Folkwear: "Victorian gentlemen at the end of the 1800s needed a vest or waistcoat to be considered well-dressed, and smart Victorian women often paired vests with walking skirts for street wear. Our vests offer a variety of stylings, including collarless V-neck, bias-cut vest with shawl collar, and short front-darted style. Traditional bow tie, with instructions for tying, is also included."

Pattern Sizing:Misses 6-16; Men's 36-44.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made view B - the men's bias-cut vest. It looked just like the pattern envelope photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! Although I've made a number of Renaissance doublets, this is my first attempt at a Victorian style vest. I had never done welt pockets before - and could not wrap my brain around how the geometry worked. I followed the pattern instructions meticulously, step by step, working on faith that they would work - and they did! All instructions were clear and well written, accompanied by line drawings when necessary.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved working with this pattern. It went together beautifully - there were no grading issues, all the pieces matched up nicely, and the instructions were clear and simple to follow.

Fabric Used: Suitweight wool, polyester back/lining

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! I have a feeling that my husband will be wanting a few more vests...

Conclusion: Overall, this is an excellent pattern. The instructions are clear, the sizing is accurate, and I was able to create a beautiful finished product with little fuss. As with all patterns, it may be necessary to tweak the sizing to fit the wearer. The key to creating a finely tailored garment is, of course, pressing - since the fashion fabric is a soft wool, I made lots of use of my steam iron and tailor's clapper to press all the seams into submission. There are a lot of little pieces and curved pieces in the collar, and it's a bit tedious to clip and press all of those pieces - but it's worth it in the end! Don't scrimp on the pressing.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Dec 2, 2011 on: December 04, 2011 10:24:36 AM
Thanks!  Although it feels weird having all this free time... I had to take a second job just to keep myself from going crazy! Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday Dec 2, 2011 on: December 04, 2011 08:37:20 AM
Yay!  Grad school is over, life is getting back to normal... which means that I can spin again!

Peacock - 215 yards hand spun merino wool yarn - green, blue and teal

Rusty Car - 95 yards hand spun Corriedale wool yarn with mohair and silk - orange - worsted

Valentine - 155 yards hand spun merino wool yarn

Angel Wings - 170 yards hand spun Corriedale yarn with Firestar

California Sunset - 210 yards hand spun 100% silk yarn

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Tudor Overgown & New Kit [pic heavy] on: July 07, 2011 03:04:04 PM
What a beautiful ensemble!  Color me totally impressed. Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bluebell Fairy for ren faire on: April 21, 2011 08:58:03 AM
Aw, you look adorable!  Love it!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1930's Apron on: March 26, 2011 10:23:01 AM
For my theatre's production of Dancing at Lughnasa, we're making some pretty nifty period aprons.  The costume designer pulled some catalog images from the 1930's and passed them off to me.  If you're ever bored, 1930's Sears catalogs are really fascinating glimpses into history - and the ad copy is awesome.

2011-03-18_10-33-41_226 by silverstah, on Flickr
(Three aprons for 79 cents!  What a deal!)
From there, I draft a pattern based on the picture she's provided.  For more complicated projects I like to drape things, but since this is pretty basic and geometric, I flat pattered it.

2011-03-18_10-34-40_614 by silverstah, on Flickr
(Notice the essential coffee in the background.  I don't costume without coffee.)
The pattern is laid out on the fabric, traced, and cut:
2011-03-18_10-35-06_0 by silverstah, on Flickr
The catalog picture shows binding on the edges of the apron - so I made a bunch of bias binding, which looks extra cool because it's striped:

2011-03-18_14-52-10_477 by silverstah, on Flickr
And... the final product!

2011-03-18_17-02-15_604 by silverstah, on Flickr

2011-03-18_17-02-25_115 by silverstah, on Flickr

2011-03-18_17-03-36_690 by silverstah, on Flickr
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