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I have 9 days to handmake 2 15th century dresses!



Good news, I suppose, the overdress (dress #3) is pretty much finished....just...crap!

Date: 2011-06-29 01:02 pm (UTC)
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I'll be over here, waving the pompoms and otherwise being... useless. ;D

Date: 2011-06-29 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Well, I can't do much until the fabric dries. It arrived yesterday and I picked it up from the post office today. You've got to wash it before you can use it, otherwise it shrinks the first time you wash it and you end up with a manky looking dress.

Wanna see a picture of what I'm basing it off?

Date: 2011-06-29 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Overdress (known as a Houpeladde) will look like this, only white (with subtle flowers embeded in the fabric) Image

The basis for my "working dress" (Known as a Kirtle, under that is a chemise that's white). I'm using these colours. Those yellow sleeves are pinned on: Image

And, what the front of the kirtle looks like: Image

Date: 2011-06-29 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yow/ I can't believe you know how to do this stuff! That's amazing. i can't wait to see pics. You have to do the whole 'in-progress-and-panicking' while you do!

Date: 2011-06-29 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been a learning process. This is the first time I've attempted to do a dress all on my own (beyond help cutting out the patterns). I'm much, much better at embroidery.

Here's the photo of the finished Houpeladde. I attempted not to bleed on it. Bleed!Fail! There's 20m of fabric there (I canabalised 2 bedspreads) Image (

Date: 2011-06-29 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, the product of blood sweat and tears. one down, two to go. ^^ That's about as faras I'd get. Cut out pattern and sew together. Shift dress, DONE.

Date: 2011-06-29 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*nods* Which is pretty much what I'm doing at the moment.... of course, I also have to lucet (It's a type of knitting that uses a two pronged piece of wood. Very relaxing, actually) the ties for both dresses... thankfully, I can do that really, really quickly. Something to do in the evenings when it starts to get a bit hard to see the fabric & thread (or I've stabbed myself one too many times).

Good news, one of my housemates has a sewing machine and will probably help me out if I'm running out of time.

Once this is all finished I'm going to be running around in about 30 - 40m of fabric.

Date: 2011-06-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] this weather? yea gods. I hope wherever you're wearing this, they have air conditioning. I know it's winter where you are but you're further north to the equator, yeah? Warmer than Melbourne.

Date: 2011-06-29 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*laughs* Nope. No air-con. All outdoors. Daily temps at the moment don't really get higher than 22C (The last event was FREEZING!!! It didn't get above 12C)

Okay, I know that, traditionally, these dresses were made out of fur and wool, but we Queensland re-enactors aren't quite that stupid (for all that we like to beat each other up and all that). My bottom layer, the chemise, is made of calico. Next layer, the kirtle, is linen. We like linen, linen breathes. The houpeladde has two layers to it, the lining is calico and the pretty fabric is actually cotton.

Plus, I'm going as a lady. We didn't do much except sit around and look pretty ^__^

Date: 2011-06-29 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
22? Damn you. Thats what i fight yolanda at the office to set the thermostat to. it's over 28 most days now here. I love my air con. LOVE.

Sounds cool. Like I said looking forward to seeing the prgression and the end result~!


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