evaelisabeth: (SCA)
I wonder if fuchsia pink is period for the 13th century? It's a really bright deep pink that would make a lovely cyclas, Need to look at fabric content next time I'm at the store I think it was 100% wool but maybe I'm mistaken.
evaelisabeth: (SCA)
So I finally finished the cloak & hood that I have been working on and off on for the last six months or so. I'm quite happy with it, the whole project was done by hand and I learned a great deal about various period construction techniques. I was using 100% wool so I finished the seams on the cloak part simply by pressing the selvage to one side and taking it down with a running stitch, the seams that carry weight are done with backstich and those that don't (such as the one attaching the facing to the neckline) are done in running stitch. On the hood I did flat felled seams. The buttons and buttonholes were also done by hand, I got a great tip from one of the SCA garb lists (don't remember which one) on how to do the buttons and I'm very happy with them. All in all I am satisfied with the final project though it obeys the 10 foot rule rather than being a truly period construction. This garment is going to be used for events other than the SCA and I just love the swish of a full circle cloak so there is an obscene amount of fabric in this thing. Other points of fudging are the fact that the hood is cut more generously than I have seen in period illustrations and the cape part is also a full circle rather than the more fitted silhouette that would be what was common in days of yore. If you are interested you can see pictures of the final product and the construction process on my flickr account, The photos don't appear in the correct order though they are named cloak 1, 2, etc so you can follow along in order of construction if you wish.

The process of hand sewing this garment has been surprisingly pleasant, I learned a lot and had fun doing it.
evaelisabeth: (SCA)
Forgive me if I'm not quite lucid I just took a sleeping pill but wanted to share my happiness with having found the perfect fabric of a new full circle cloak. My old full circle cloak is being lovingly fostered by hypatia and her lovely husband because lets face it, that much fabric just wouldn't fit into my luggage. Today I picked up 6.5m of the yummiest semi-fulled medium/light weight chocolate brown wool (about 1.6m wide) at the deeply discounted price of 100Eur. This will make one full length, full circle cloak with hood for me (the rule is you need four times the with of the fabric). It's always surprising because you do the math and you know you need almost 6.5m but when it gets to unfolding the loot it seems to be way more than you need. Then you fold it in half and fold it in half again and you end up with a square and you realize this pattern takes up a buttload of fabric. But Gods does it drape, in a pinch it can house three full sized adults and a couple of small children in a downpour. It will also keep you warm at night when the temperatures plummet and your sleeping bag has long given you up for lost. Yeah Wool. Now I just need to make the damn thing in a week and a half.

Bad Girl

Jul. 14th, 2005 08:23 am
evaelisabeth: (Sceptical)
I was a bad bad girl, after the SCA Folk Moot our household went to Applepbees and I had a yummy Long Island Iced Tea. I did this knowing that I'm a cheap drunk and that it was even odds whether I would be able to walk a straight line out to [livejournal.com profile] krkhst's car (I wasn't driving of course). But it was so good and I slept really well last night, right after my lovely husband [livejournal.com profile] paradigmslost poured me into the bed :-)

On another note we met a very nice young lady from the Principality of Nordmark (that's Sweden for the non-SCA among you), she was in town on business and decided to drop in on our weekly meeting. For some reason the Swedes and other Scandinavians really took to the idea of medieval re-enactment and the SCA is thriving mightily up there, I wouldn't be surprised if they turned Kingdom one of these days. I'm exited about going back to Drachenwald and getting to play "where the history comes from", it adds so much to the ambiance when you have a real castle, not to mention the general lack of killing high temperatures (not so good when you're wearing elizabethan or even pretty much anything other than middle eastern garb) and insane humidity. Of course Ireland is not the hotbed of SCA activity that Sweden or even Germany is, I'm not certain why that is but they only have two or three small shires in the south and most of the events happen in Northern Ireland.

I'm so impressed by the people in my household, they really rock, they do things like blacksmithing and tablet weaving, and equestrian sports, they spend hours of time helping out at events to improve everyone elses experience. One of them has a Byzantine persona and spends hours embroidering the most gorgeous elaborate outfits, you really have to see them to believe them. They are the coolest people and I'm lucky to be in the same household with them. So here's to you, [livejournal.com profile] purpleyarrow, [livejournal.com profile] baggins911, [livejournal.com profile] cudubh, [livejournal.com profile] krkhst, [livejournal.com profile] lapiswitch, [livejournal.com profile] treesong, and [livejournal.com profile] hypatia42.

Gak

Jul. 13th, 2005 08:36 am
evaelisabeth: (Un-Seeligh)
Yesterday was a weird day, plans got turned around and I didn't get to spend much time with the family which was what I was planning on. It looks like today may be similar. I did get to go to a Pampered Chef party hosted by a lovely lady and that was fun. I also found out that someone I only knew of through my friends had passed away at a ridiculously early age, a sad loss. Little Miss M continues to be a very very cute little bug and I got to pet her a little last night which hurt my feelings not at all. Babies are so soft.

Today I plan to be out again and though I want to go to this event there is a large part of me that wants to go home and cuddle my big girl and do the dishes and just chat with my husband, sigh. It doesn't help that I realy need warm weather garb (this is a medieaval re-enactment), I'm probably going to fry. But two people I respect very much are being celebrated and I need to go.

If you're wondering what the Gak is about, for some reason I cannot kick this sore throat I have had for weeks, my synuses are getting better, even the coughing is tapering off, but it still feels like I have something spiky stuck in my throat when I swallow. Oh well, this too will pass.

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