The Needles Excellency 5 Printable

Dagged edge lace?

Next in the series of┬áThe Needles Excellency, printed in 1631, are some dragged edge laces. These patterns are really pretty, and might make great edgings for hems of aprons, or some other low stress and low wear situation. Otherwise I would think they might be under too much stress with so few connections on the Read More…

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Chemises galore!

What do you do with 30 yards of handkerchief linen? MAKE ALL THE CHEMISES!!!! Some background. We bought a large lot of linen, 30 yards, from Grayline linens, all handkerchief weight, with the intent of making chemises and underthings for 3 people. By cutting all of the chemises together, we managed to save fabric from Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 2

Previously I had finished all of the internal and external seams of the dress. This included flat felling and folding seam allowances over to finish the armscye, neck line and front closure. The plan: I plan on trimming this dress with grey wool trim cut on the bias for smooth curves. This style of trim Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – Part 2; Coral Stitch

Why green? Now I want to talk a bit about the stitching aspect of the coif I am working on. The extant piece has two colors of silk, and various stitching used early on as it seems the original artist decided what they liked and did not like. The original also was done in dark Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – The Setup

I have an idea… Since Gulf Wars 25 (2016) I have been playing around with the idea in my head of starting an Elizabethan embroidered coif. I attended a class at Gulf Wars on Elizabethan braided Stitches, specifically gold work braid stitches. The teacher at this class had a great book by Jacqui Carey which Read More…

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Blue Dress

I recently finished a late period Italian dress for my SCA work. Done entirely by hand, the fashion fabric is a tropical weight royal blue wool. A linen canvas interlining and stiffening layer, and light weight blue linen lining in the bodice only. I did the eyelets all by hand using blue silk twist, and Read More…