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I am apparently going to Pennsic War (again) this year, which means the pile of SCA-related sewing has suddenly gone from "Someday" to "by August". :D

For accountability/advice, here's my garb-related to-do list for Pennsic (no, I don't actually think I'll get all of this done, but if I cheat a lot, I might manage most of it.)

1. Fix the shoulders/neckline on the Tudor linen shirt from last year, per. [personal profile] holyschist's revelation in this old post. Done! Immense improvement in wear. Now to figure out where the pink stain came from...
2. Fix the hook&eye fasteners on the shirt, leggings, jacket & singlet (possibly replace with something other than hook and eye?) Victory at last!
3. Do *something* about the waistline on the leggings, after figuring out what is wrong with it. what is wrong is that the pattern was designed for someone with much less booty than I. Cannot fix it completely, but have added some darts in the back to help the curve, and having a doublet will also help.

4. Finish the 6 feet of Celtic key embroidered trim for the plaid bog dress/peplos.
5. Sew on the trim; hem the non-selvedge edges
6. Figure out what I'm doing for fibulae (Any advice? I'd prefer not to go with penannulars; possibly I will end up with old diaper pins; period authenticity is not strong with this one.) Solved! And I feel very clever.

7. Cut pieces, and preferably sew, the green linen Tudor jerkin/doublet thing I meant to have finished last year.
8. Turn the green linen I bought last year into a basic, timeless kirtle/cotehardie/undershift/long tunic/peasant dress type thing. (I am looking at a combination of Tunic Type 2 from Marc Carlson's pages and the rectangular-construction pattern at the medieval tailor - does anyone have any suggestions/advice/better online patterns to send me to? I quite like rectangular construction and am okay with lots of handstitching (though am obviously on something of a time crunch now, and need something where I can fudge if I'm a bit short of cloth.) Needs finishing work, but is definitely a dress now!
9. Turn half of the green block-printed cotton into a (timeless) sleeveless surcoat/apron dress/overdress/gown type thing? (only if there is a ton of time). Needs finishing work, but pieces cut, and I know exactly what needs done.

10. Do something to the waistbands on the (storebought) linen skirts with the dead elastic.

(added) 12. Sew linen coif
13. Cut, possibly hem, linen headwrap
14. Check linen/canvas prices at local stores to check against Pennsic prices Done.
15. Make/finish bag
16. Cut piece for apron

11. Check everything else out. Find the missing things (especially the Afghan shirt.) Still did not find missing shirt, but the rest is good.
12. Research period embroidery to work on at Pennsic to embellish the above.

TOTALLY doable, right? It's not like any of that's particularly ambitious. And this community will help keep me accountable.

(we'll not mention the recipe tests I'd also like to do in advance)....

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Date: 2011-06-22 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] reasdream
You can pick up fibulae at Pennsic if you're not planning to wear it first thing. Thor Thor's hammer has them, and he bases them on extant find (okay, and I've know him for years, but it's also good stuff).

Good luck!

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Date: 2011-06-22 11:03 pm (UTC)
sporky_rat: Alfred Bester:B5 looking very amused, text:'*sporfle*" (sporfle)
From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
Seconded on Thor Thor's Hammer!

(PS. Say hi to Osprey or Brian or Patrick for me at Darkwood Armory, would you? They knows me as Skaia.

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Date: 2011-06-22 11:09 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
You are ambitious! I have given up entirely on not being a lazy bum about sewing. Good luck?

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Date: 2011-06-22 11:34 pm (UTC)
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pearl
I third Thorthors hammer, he makes lovely stuff (I'm waiting for his ring-headed pins to come back into stock!)

But my second-ever pair of fibulae (I was going for a more Germanic look than Celtic) were two big safety pins/nappy pins, with belt fittings glued to the front. While I suspect using kilt pins makes for a stronger pin, they also are wider, and so don't sit as flat when you're wearing them.
(It sort of looked like the oval things here:

(My first ever pair was made with sculpy and kilt pins, it was horribly expensive and I was not talented enough to pull it off well.)

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Date: 2011-06-23 01:21 am (UTC)
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
From: [personal profile] harpers_child
having seen in comments you aren't opposed to making your own fibulae, have you looked for wire at the hardware store? last time i went i got several thicknesses and hardnesses of copper and brass for much less cash than the jewelry store. more length and it came in a handy dispenser too. a metal file will sharpen the ends up for piercing cloth. (i used a metal nail file i wasn't using for my fingernails anymore.)


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