Redrawn queen for a month pictures – now in more accurate colors

Check back to the previous post for the underlayers.

Here’s the main garment, with the two different over-layer options.

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And here are two more things I’m contemplating making to go with this project:

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I have some pretty purple wool that might be fun to make a coat like that, also some dark blue, though I think they might both be too heavy for something with sleeves.

The gray lacing overdress is an interesting experiment that will dress up the reversible dress, and can be decorated with trim. I’ll also need an apron. Or two.

Here is the reversible dress I already have made (for the consideration of color matching) and one that I plan to make as I have the fabric for it. It has a neat twill pattern in the cloth, I tried to draw that into the sketch, but it’s not as hideous as my sketch makes it look.

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*Queen for a *month

*Where in queen just means gets to dictate what project the sewing room will work on, as much as anyone can steer the sewing room, which is essentially a loose affiliation of various cats using a large bathtub as a boat in the middle of the ocean.

*Where in a month is a non-specific time frame, thus far a month has taken approximately 4 months and we haven’t really started yet, and that’s ok.

So after a long and arduous year of making things for other people, we (the people of the sewing room) decided that we needed new garb, and wouldn’t it be fun if we could get our friends to help us make things that we wouldn’t be able to do without help.

The first up on our list is Andi, which we are finally getting started working on – and I’m second, but since Andi and I’s projects are vaguely similar (both late period English(ish)) we are somewhat starting on mine now too. I realized that I haven’t posted my sketches for this project when I was trying to explain it yesterday on google+. So this post is to share the sketches and the evolution of what I’m doing for this outfit.

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Step 1) An underdress that actually fits me. I found out last week that one should make the shoulders the size of your shoulders! (yes, I know that’s really basic, but most tutorials take your largest measurement and make a tube which you then add sleeves and gores on to, this does not work if you have small shoulders.

Step 2) So I’ve seen partlets done a number of ways, I particularly like this option, which is over the underdress, but under the bodice. One of the major benefits as far as I can tell is that you can tie it under the bust so it doesn’t move when you fidget. We’ll see if this actually works in practice, but it seems worth trying at least. This is also where the collar comes in, which is handy in some ways as you can then change out collars depending on the outfit and or where you spilled your ice cream.IMG_20150821_145052933

Step 3) A reversible kirtle, we still deciding where it laces, probably on the sides, maybe in a V on the sides, depending on which works the best for my un-medieval body shape. The front garment construction in general may well also be more \_/ than | _ | because of the difference in circumference at my shoulders and my bust. It’s going to be purple on one side and dark green on the other. (I also have fabric to make one in a neat teal twill that will also be reversible as the fabric is reversible and I have one already in a different teal and brown)

Step 4) Sleeves! Doubletly thing! No idea what is going on with that belt, or where the partlet went to, or precisely what that hat is, but it’s based on the coif/forehead cloth thingy.

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Step 5) A wool jacket thing! This is based off a brown wool one that I got from one of my grandmother’s reenactor friends
(I think Phyllis McCluskey? Or possibly Marnie Sumner?) when I was a teen. I wore it for many years until I got too big for it, and I have always wanted IMG_20150821_145109327to make another as it’s so pretty. I bought some gorgeous grey wool in Toronto this spring which should work nicely.

Step 6) Probably not part of the initial project, but! I want to make an over dress out of some russet brown linen that I have, it would be open in the front (which this picture is not showing) and would lace over the bottom kirtle. This is a much more continental look, but given that there was a great deal of trade, intellectual and physical between Amsterdam and the eastern part of England, this makes sense. I also haven’t really decided if I want this persona to be Dutch or English, but at the economic standing I’m building (middle to lower middle class merchant/tradesman) there’s very little difference in the structure of the clothing. The New Englander in me is drawn to East Anglia, as that’s where most of the stylistic things that we take for granted in New England (houses, food, speech, morals, and so on) come from. (See Albion’s Seed)

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A belt for Lynne

We had a bit of a problem back home while we were at Pennsic, and Lynne (and Lackey) helped us out. Since She wasn’t at pennsic, but had gone many times in the past, I wanted to get her something that would be special but that she wouldn’t have already. Wandering off on my own on Wednesday night I spotted some yarn that jumped out at me and said, this is what you are looking for!

So I decided to make her a belt on one of my hand made looms. I used a belt buckle that I had picked up at Gulf that was hand cast.

The yarn is cotton Dragon Tale Yarn. 4/2 2ply 1600yds/lb Crystal Couc? – 2 ounces from my favorite vendor at Pennsic:  http://www.brushcreekwoolworks.com/ As I said to them this year, if I were to merchant, this would be my shop as it has nearly everything I love.

Total time to make the belt – well I bought the yarn on Wednesday night, didn’t start working on the belt until after teaching my class and hanging out with Beth, so Thursday evening until I ran out of light and then Friday when we weren’t disassembling the camp, I was working on this. I finished weaving it when we ran out of light on Friday. I sewed on the metal bit when I got home.

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my first full scroll!

(yes, I know there’s a ‘typo’ in it, I noticed it just as I was walking it over to hand it off for the tournament. oops)

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This is the first scroll that I’ve done everything (well, not the wordsmithing, but eh, that’s so not my art). I had planned to make it more complicated and period, but in reviewing the requirements, I decided simple made the most sense, particularly as it’s theoretically going to be traveling to and from Pennsic.

It’s not my “best” work. But it is my first done work. And pulling off the band-aid and just getting the calligraphy done was by far the hardest part. I’m also pretty sure that my brain is incapable of doing things the same way twice, or evenly, or spaced right. I doubt I’ll ever be good at calligraphy or enjoy it, but I might get to the point where I don’t hate seeing my work.

It’s theoretically a humanist hand. Really, it’s basically foundational which is a modern amalgamated hand based on Carolingian, Humanist and italics. The little people based on this photograph:0

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