Friday, April 29, 2011

Doublet Progress and New Fabric!

I've made a small bit of progress on the doublet for Dylan. I've sewn on most of the buttons (waiting for the store to restock, haha) and whipped the lining to the bottom on the inside. I still need to do the buttonholes and the rings at the shoulders for the tie-on sleeves, and of course the braided trim. Then sleeves, then pants... but the doublet is nearly done!

Next, more fabric! Not that I needed any... I bought 3 drapes, 48" wide, that equal over 7 yards in length. It's silk damask (my favorite type of fabric ever), in a lovely soft gold with cream undertone. The actual color is a bit in between these two pictures. I'm divided on what it would look best as: 16th cent gown? 18th cent francaise? It is sooo lovely... 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Men's Elizabethan Doublet

This is the start of a full outfit that I'm making for a new friend who just joined the SCA. I spent the weekend sewing at a friend's house; she helped me considerably with this project, and she had experience making doublets for guys, and I had none.I wanted this outfit to look a bit more masculine than many Elizabethan men's suits I've seen around.

Here's the doublet as it looks right now:

Blue cotton velveteen, lined in silver silk. The metal button is just pinned on, but there will be 10-12 buttons on the placket. This doublet fits Dylan extremely well. We took a long time making a toile out of duck because we knew the fit would make or break this outfit.

Other parts of the outfit include: a linen shirt, blackworked, which is already finished and one of the coolest looking things I've ever made; sleeves that are open on the front seam, gathered with buttons and lined in silver silk; venetian breeches. The trim is black gimp.

I'll try to get more pictures up as I put the rest together!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fun at the Museum

For those who don't know, I intern at a decently-sized museum in Bozeman, MT. I get to work in collections management, which means handling historical stuff and entering items into a database. Sometimes, fun projects come along! For example....

A collection of historical fashion dolls made in the 40s-50s by the home ec department at the university I attend! I got to write up their descriptions and put them away for permanent storage. Here's just a few to have a laugh over.

1. She came with a card titled "Middle Ages Gothic Period", which is obviously wrong, but there's apparently another card floating around the collection saying Tudor or English or something like that. I think the student that made this did her research!

2. Here's "19th century American". The fabric was super cute, and well sewn, but the pattern is rather modern- notice the bust darts?

3. This one is marked "Queen Elizabeth". Look at the ruff set! Epic!

4. Here's 18th century. She even had wire panniers, but they were smushed from years of sitting in a box. 

5. This one is marked "Marie Antoinette" but is actually a good very early 17th century outfit with the wrong wig. Notice the light damage- the gown is ivory now but was originally bright pink! Many of these dolls were put in a glass case for display for many years in direct sunlight.
 I have a pretty sweet internship :)