Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Brasov wrap top

Pattern: Brasov wrap top by Itch To Stitch
Fabric: 1.6 m Modissimo from Textielstad (65% modal, 35% polyester)
Haberdasheries: none!

All credit to Welmode for this pattern+fabric combination. When I saw her Brasov I wanted to make one, too, and got the same fabric but in a different colour.

The pattern was quite easy to work with. Printing and assembling the digital pattern was especially easy, because of the option to print only your own size. It’s great that Itch To Stitch put that in! I didn’t always find the pictures in the guide very clear though, and I also had to alter the top a bit to fit properly, which I’m not too happy about. Why do so many patterns that are specifically for knit fabric put in so much wearing ease?! According to the size table, I should make a size 0 or 2, but luckily I read about this project and its sizing on another blog and decided to make the smallest size, 00, instead. And that fits great! Knit fabric is made for a little negative ease…
Besides making a different size, I also took about 2 cm off the shoulder because I don’t like the seam hanging off my shoulders, and to match the armhole of the Lady Skater pattern, as I wanted to use its sleeves instead. Finally, I made the shirt 3 cm shorter, which went fine using the instructions.

I sewed the shirt up in just an evening, after the cut out pattern pieces had been in my cupboard for about two months…

Monday, 30 July 2018

Cutlery roll

Pattern: improvised
Fabric: about 26 x 30 cm patterned cotton and 52 x 30 cm red linen
Haberdasheries: 1.6 m dark red twill tape, three buttons

What? Did I not finish anything since my Regency short cloak? Well, I have been working on a few things but they’ve mainly been Drawers of Doom projects (more about that later).

And I finished this cutlery roll a while ago, but apparently forgot to post it! It’s handy to have all one’s cutlery in one place, to be able to pack this roll for an event and know it’s all there.

There isn’t that much to say about how I made it, except that I probably went about it a bit too seriously, with padding and handmade button loops. I could have just used fabric and machine-made buttonholes :P. I’m not good at cobbling things up! I also made leather covers for the sharp items, so the fabric won't be damaged.

The cheese slicer was only invented in 1925, so it isn’t authentic for most periods I do, but as a Dutchwoman I can’t handle cheese without it! I won’t let the audience see ;).

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Regency short cloak – and a new apron

Pattern: improvised
Fabric: dark green wool, leftovers from 17th century cape
Haberdasheries: 1.1 m dark green twill tape

After I made the 17th century cape for my husband, I realised I could do with a warm item in my camp follower’s wardrobe, and could use the leftovers to make it. I had 2.5 m of fabric originally, of which I used 1.9 m for the 17th century cape, but I easily managed to get a short cloak for myself out of what was left =). Mine’s just got a seam down the back, but that’s totally realistic, as piecing was normal back then, especially for a working class person’s attire.

Again, the pattern was improvised and is a simple half circle, except that I added a gathered 15 cm of extra fabric at the back. This cape is also a bit shorter than my hubby’s. I cut a half oval out of the back for the neckline and attached a collar consisting of two strips of fabric measuring about 12.5 by 52.5 cm. I initially wanted to make the collar the same as the one on the 17th century cape, but decided to make it more rounded, for a more feminine look.
Finally, I lined the cape and attached two pieces of cotton twill tape to close it. Easy!

This is the  first Make Nine project I’ve finished!

Oh, and I made a new apron:

Thursday, 10 May 2018

17th Century men’s cape

Pattern: improvised
Fabric: 1.9 m wool fabric
Haberdasheries: 4.75 m gold lace, 1.75 m cotton cord and two cotton tassels

For the event ‘Battle for Grol’ that my husband and I attended last October, besides a ruff and cuffs, I also made him a cape (to be worn over one shoulder in a swanky fashion).
In the past, I let my sewing get out of hand, often júst not finishing projects in time for events (just getting them to the ‘wearable’ stage but without lining, for instance), but starting to work on new projects after those events, rather than finishing the previous one. I’ve been determined for a while now, while also trying to finish these UFOs I’ve had lying around, to NOT let any more UFOs originate, but finish each new project straight away. Unfortunately that failed with this project, as I dyed the natural coloured tassels and cord dark green, but the colour didn’t turn out exactly right, and then I lost my notes and couldn’t find them for months! Finally, I decided to just guess what I did then, and dyed the tassels again; this time it worked out exactly right.

The cape itself is a simple half circle, with a small half oval cut out at the centre back, for the neckline. The collar is a rectangle consisting of two pieces of wool measuring 12.5 by 54.5 cm. I hand sewed the gold lace onto it, then lined it, so it hangs smoothly.

As I said, I bought natural-coloured cotton cord and tassels. The tassels were attached to short loops for use on curtains, so I removed those and sewed the tassels onto the longer cord, and then proceeded to dye them. I had Dylon hand laundry textile paint in dark green and black, and used about the amount necessary to dye fabric weighing what the cord and tassels weighed, with green and black dye in equal measures. But I didn’t realise that much of the weight of the cord was on the inside of the cord, while only the outside would be exposed to the dye. Therefore, I assumed I had used too much paint and the items would probably end up black instead of dark green if I left them in the dye for the specified amount of time. Also, the items looked like they were getting really dark. So I took them out much earlier, but it turned out that most of the black dye rinsed out, and once they had dried, the colour was too light :(, as you can see on the photos taken at the event.
Recently I dyed the tassels again, again using equal amounts of each dye, but left them in a bit longer (still not the full hour, though). Sewed them back on, and then the cape was finally finished!