Friday, September 3, 2010

I had meant..

... to be better about this blog as I made a lot of garb during May, June and July.  I wanted to document some of my time spent in the fury of Pennsic prep.  My winter list didn't end up touched and so it was down to the wire sewing for three people.  For myself I didn't really need much garb wise but I had  bought this beautiful fabric last year that I wanted to make an Entari out of it.  My daughter decided on her persona (15th Century Florentine) and her boyfriend has been inducted into the SCA by becoming part of our family (he is 13th Century Celt migrated with the Romany to Italy).  His very first event was... Pennsic.  He is still grinning over the experience.  Both he and my daughter registered names and devices while there, they were really productive.. he even has his persona's story, my Safiye has no story!).  I had made him five very simple "starter" tunics and we will pinpoint his garb interests soon to start getting some things done for him.  My daughter had four dresses made.  I have the fabric to make a very nice ensemble for her, it is not every day were.  What we did learn is she spent more time in one dress that had no sleeves to it, Pennsic was extremely hot this year so she will need a couple more dresses like that for next year.  Next year I will be there two weeks being on Staff, if they can make the two weeks they will, it depends on their job/school.  So that means being prepared clothing wise.

We are "half" period and I want to focus on being all period this winter.  We have no cold weather wear.  No nightwear.  I want to pay a little more attention to detail, I seem to deal with time and quantity.  At Pennsic we purchased trim to add to his tunics so they will be a bit more nice for him.

Me, Myself and I.  Safiye, my persona is 16th Century Turkish.  I have never pinpointed her time and place, her social status or anything and every time I see Italian, Tudor and Flemish art, well I want one of those, those and oh! those too!!  This year I have been thinking about changing persona, Spanish intrigues me but then I still like every period bit of clothing I see.  So I expect it is not the persona but my interests.  I want to make garb, I want to get good at it.  I want to be able to look at a painting and create.  So, I am toying with Safiye being "Safiye of 1000 Dresses".  Lol.  What I would like to do is decide on a period of time and perhaps make garb from different places but stick to that time.  Take advantage of the Silk Road.  One idea I had was to pick three regions of Italy, say Rome, Florence and Venice and a 20 year range of time.  Then research and create working class, middle class and upper class examples.  That is 9 ensembles and that will take me a long time.  But the idea is forming and being mulled over daily.

In the meantime, I am starting with Reconstructing History's Campi's Fruitseller pattern #508 for myself.

Pictures, not the best, but you can see the dresses I made my daughter, we really need to do the full garb/look and do some proper photographs.. I will put it on the winter project list.. ha ha ha:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Holy Moley, here comes Pennsic!

Okay, last fall I started with this huge list of "winter projects" and come April I said... "wow, its April and I haven't even started on my list!".  Pain issues slow me down so some days I do nothing.  On a brighter note I got a lot of Genealogy done on my grandmothers side!  Cleaned up a lot of clerical work for my family history so not a total wash.

However, here comes Pennsic at us like a freight train and I am the costumer for three of us.  My daughter has decided on a persona place and time and her boyfriend wants to come along too so for him, this year, just some T tunics so he can have time to figure out his persona before we start sewing for him.  But it still leaves a long list.  I am glad I have plenty of garb for a week there.  Next year I will be at Pennsic for two weeks and will need more gomlek's.  Next winters project!

To Do List:
Chirka's for me:  white/black, brown/tan stripe

Entari - red pattern, gold.  I know I don't need anything but this was my fabric buy for last year and will be nice for Court and Khan's Court.

Turkish Embroidery - just 1 gomlek.  I did get the simple design penciled on the gomlek the other day.  I am starting very simple on this one and can add more embroidery if I am good at it and like it.


One camicia to finish.

Two light weight camicia's to make.

4 Florentine gowns to make.  After much research and anxiety over starting a bodice and the art of draping, I chickened out and bought the Period Patterns No. 41 pattern.  Once I get the idea of construction then I will get more brave in her gown construction.

4 T tunics - pattern worked out, waiting for the fabric.

Three cloaks....

No pressure - this list is not, obviously, showing all the other things, paint the mirror box, sheet walls, a flag for our tent.  Jewelry search and so on.  Ugh, I am tired!

My daughter and I are going to War Practice this coming weekend.  We have no cloaks, there is no wool to be found here in fabric stores, we are going to freeze our butts off!

I will try to remember pictures, I get very focused on sewing and crank it out once I sit down.  Right now I am in the foraging stage.