Sometimes, people are like me – I can’t make something decent looking without some kind of pattern. You should see my sideless surcotes… And I had help with those…
Now, if you’ve got Margo Anderson, Lynn McMasters, Period Patterns, Reconstructing History Patterns, AlterYears patterns, patterns sold at http://www.patternsoftime.com (there’s some good ones here I can’t find the actual manufacturer’s name) or Mantua Maker Patterns, You’re in pretty good shape. Most of their patterns are really good ones, and mostly historically accurate.
For those out there that are like me and mostly broke so you can’t afford the really good patterns, or just starting out making garb and eventually want to draft your own, here’s a bit of pattern critique for you, and ways of making the pattern at least moderately historically accurate if it’s not close already. These patterns are all from Burda, Simplicity, McCalls, or Butterick.
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So, I use mostly portraits to research costuming – it makes it so I’m sure of how it probably looked (artistic license makes it impossible to know for sure), and it’s fun to make a dress in the style of my favorites.
Something I’ve been working on lately is fastening the dresses – being a SCAdian, and going to a lot of camping events being single – means either having to figure out how to fasten everything in the front, or run around the campsite yelling ‘Can someone lace me in?’ That would be fun, but I can imagine the remarks ‘How bout I unlace you’ would be the most PG 13 of all of them.
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So, it’s been a couple busy weeks for me. Mostly because I started running and didn’t stop.
I did finish the embroidery I’d started a while ago for His Excellency, the Baron of Glymm Mere, well, a bit of it. I forgot to take a picture, but I’ll wait til after Urslemas when I get the tunic back to put more pretty’s on it.
I’ve also got a project I need to work on, for a snood type thingy for Her Excellency.
More tomorrow, and it’ll actually be about some things that are useful 😀