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1  Re: Medieval dress for my medieval loving daughter in Costumes: Completed Projects by Mikaiyawa on: August 18, 2008 08:46:20 AM
that does make things rather challenging....

going from something like this

to something like this

kind of requires someone with a camera to be physically there....

maybe she'll has a friend with a camera?

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2  Re: Random SCA (medieval/renaissance re-enacting) Stuff - PHOTOS!! in Costumes: Completed Projects by Mikaiyawa on: August 14, 2008 12:22:48 PM
If you can get your hubby into tights please let me know How.. I keep trying with mine (soccer player legs) and he keeps refusing... 

my hubby in his surcoat with a good friends child playing at "swoords"

a good set of hosen would look so good under his surcoats... *sigh*

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3  I gots Loots! in The Swap Gallery by Mikaiyawa on: July 08, 2008 07:45:51 AM
and spiffy loots at that..

Everything on top of the needs to get done this week sewing pile.

Book.. one I can take OFF my wish list... gooddie gooddie.. is going to be hard to get the sewing done...

two of the bag one with colors that are closer to right and one with flash to See the details (even if it washes out the lovely colors)

the necklace I got again dark for true color and flash for details (pretty darn professional for 'don't do it well', I think it's neat)

and a handful of silver and glass beads with a good length of satin rattail cording..

hurm.. things are looking a bit distorted so here's the link to my photobucket for better pictures.

Thank You ConfusableBlonde!  Your goodies should be mailed this Friday.


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4  Re: Silk and Silk Types in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Mikaiyawa on: June 30, 2008 08:17:01 AM
I did silk for my wedding dress.. Silk Noil, in green, with chocolate velvet and a bit (hem, cuffs and neckline) of beaded trim work.

But! my silk was about $7.50 a yard US  And I'm a historical recreationist geek and have worn it twice since (and have it as a court gown for later)  and I sewed my own.... well.. my verbal skills are failing again...

but I'm not quite the usual wedding dress person, I did things this way Because I wanted to wear the dress again.

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5  Re: Rennie-ish gown and tunic in Costumes: Completed Projects by Mikaiyawa on: June 22, 2008 02:27:01 PM

I think after terrain weather is a LARPers biggest enemy, of before terrain depending on where you live...

It does make getting the clothing portion down challenging.  Here in Texas we have Summer garb, Winter garb (which anywhere else is not heavy enough for fall but okay if it's warm) and Wet garb.  By company bros in El Paso have Summer garb and "we're going to the mountains" winter garb and cloaks.  The bros we have in Minnesota have Wet Winter garb, Dry Winter garb, and Wet and dry general (which for us southerners would be winter garb.

so Wet/Dry and Hot/Temperate/Cold tend to be our variables with the occasional Humid to go with hot....

then some of us nuts do indoor only  Grin  on top of everything else... like this stuff

yeah.. we're a breed apart...

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6  Rennie-ish gown and tunic in Costumes: Completed Projects by Mikaiyawa on: June 18, 2008 12:45:17 PM
whelp my husband and I got elected into office at our regional LARP group (Amtgard for those interested) and we had to have pretties for our stepping up into office.

both of us

and a view of the dress where you can see all the hem.

next time I appliqu crepe back Satin  onto crepe back Satin I'm putting a couple layers of embroidery stabilizer behind the bottom layer... just to keep the bias crinkles under control.

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7  Re: looking for a blouse pattern with a neck insert thingy... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Mikaiyawa on: June 18, 2008 12:39:38 PM
some patterns you can do a facing with decorative detail.. or can be modified by tinkering with the facing portion of the pattern.

as my descriptive ability is bailing out on me here are a couple pictures.

and back

but yoke style stuff is pretty easy to find right now.

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8  Re: Dear Reinactors - Tabard Advice? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Mikaiyawa on: February 22, 2008 12:37:48 PM
Yes, I've made things in trigger.  It's a good hard wearing fabric that works well for pants, surcoats and shield covers.  It isn't hard to work with (though cutting through more than 4 layers can be a workout for your hands) and it's a mainstay in Several groups because of that and the fact you can find it almost anywhere.

And for SCA "legal", well they just like more/better research, and they use the same materials as the rest of us with a leaning for the natural fibers (linen, wool, silk, hemp and cotton) rather than the shedding of the polyester sheep (wry smile) that most of us can find in the dollar bins.

as an example this

is made from trigger.  As is the blue tunic in this shot

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9  Re: Dear Reinactors - Tabard Advice? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Mikaiyawa on: February 20, 2008 09:06:52 AM
I had the opportunity to drink in hundreds of outfits in action this weekend, and I think I have opted for a rectangular, non tapering tabard that ties on the side.  I saw some men who had ties at their natural waists instead of belts (I tend to belt my tabard) and I decided that fitting a tabard onto myself with ties In addition to the belt to keep it shapely would be a good idea. I'm thinking ties at the widest part of my bust and the thinnest part of my waist... but I'll be fitting it to make sure.  How does this sound?

reasonable.  I've seen the side ties as well.  I just don't tend to worry so much as I always have at least one layer of clothing (it gets washed it isn't a costume  Grin ) under any tabards and have to wear a belt.

for more eye candy, here are the front and back views of the surcoat made for my husbands squire...

yeah.. I'm a geek.

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10  Re: Dear Reinactors - Tabard Advice? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Mikaiyawa on: February 18, 2008 03:14:26 PM
when someone says "tabard" I think of something cut like this

but I like something like this surcoat better

something about not having the gaposis on the sides.  Sorry but one of my peeves is women fighting in a sports bra under a tabard... Roll Eyes  not a Bad peeve per sey, but is a definite irritation when I Know the persons in question can do better.

I also like things like this

and this

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