So, the things I am currently working on, and where I am at with them:
- Charles de Blois based pourpoint for my husband: I’ve been working on this for a month or two now, in my free moments. I am using Tasha Dandelion Kelly of La Cotte Simple‘s pattern here: http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/tasha-kelly/the-pourpoint-of-charles-de-blois/paperback/product-15326605.html My version is an outer layer of Black Linen, cotton batting, and an inner layer of light blue linen. So far, I am pretty happy with how it’s coming. I am doing it all by hand, so it’s taking a while to quilt everything nicely together.
- Viking Garb for Countess Comyn, called Shadow: this is a longstanding project that I started a couple of years ago, which stalled for a happy reason- she lost a lot of weight as part of a healthy lifestyle change, and I had not gotten a chance to remeasure her. The good news is, I can take the apron dress in pretty easily and can then work on the finishing work for it. The bad news is, the gore placement I did on the under-dress is wrong, so I am going to have to rip out about three hours of quality hand-sewing and start again. Sigh. I did pickup some lovely silk to do trim work on the under dress with though.
- Kingdom A&S 2013- Originally, I was going to theme around 14th century French, and use the Charles de Blois as one piece. However, its a well known garment in the SCA in general, and in Calontir in particular, and it kind of feels like I am cheating a little bit doing it. Plus, this summer in Italy, I ran across a fascinating historical personage who has some very interesting existent garments, and I think I am going to theme around those. To my knowledge, I have never seen them done, so it should be exciting. I plan to start pattern drafting soon. I will pair the garments with a cooking entry from the earliest known Italian cookbook, and either something in leather, something researchy, or an art/science to be named. 14th century Italia for the (hopefully) win.
Stay tuned for pictures of these projects. And for more travelogs (really…promise).