White Queen – Short update on the page.
Visitors – Guys! 800+ visitors! And at least half of you are not my Mom! How cool.
Velvet – Scary see-through yellowish velvet has been returned. Samples from two other places have arrived. The first isn’t even velvet, it is more like a fuzzy denim. How dare it call itself velvet! (Or whatever.) The second is just too dark. I have two more samples coming in the mail. I have sent out the portrait and an e-mail with what I am looking for to several suppliers and manufacturers. So far, nada. I am beginning to sense that I may need to up my budget. GAH.
And can I just stop for a moment and talk about how cool technology has gotten? Margo was able to draft a pattern for me on her computer, turn the pattern into a PDF and send it to me. I then e-mailed it to FedExKinko’s where they printed it out on a large-format printer for me. It cost about $20 to be printed. Amazing.
I looked in my closet for remaining linen to use and it was either too loose a weave, or not big enough pieces. Since I didn’t want a circus inspired roped-petticoat I am waiting till tomorrow to run to Joann Fabrics and purchase some linen. I also need to pick up some cotton clothesline or hemp cording to use. The tucks are made for 1/2 inch cording. From what I have read it is best to wash your cording FIRST, then put it into the petticoat to allow you to wash your petticoat and avoid shrinkage.
Margo has drafted a bodice pattern as well. Eleonora’s bodice has a rather high neckline (reminds me a little of the French renaissance look with the slightly curved up necklines) with a sloped front as per Janet Arnold. As Margo pointed out to me, with the bodice drawn as per the burial garment, I will be barrel shaped. No way around it. And since Eleonora looks rather barrel shaped in her portrait, I am just going to go with it. I don’t want to make changes to the bodice that will change the appearance from that in the portrait.
In corseting news I have a mock-up muslin done. And because this project wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make changes AGAIN, I have made changes. Again. I was going to attempt a non-corded non-boned bodice to be all historically accurate and all, when I discovered that no matter how I made it that it was going to be difficult to make it stay properly on my shoulders and not show with the slightly off-the-shoulder bodice that Eleonora has. So I am going with my original ORIGINAL idea, which was to make a boned bodice a la Demode. And strapless. In linen fabric, so that will at least be the closest I can get to historical accuracy. I may also line the outside in red velvet. Because I also came to the conclusion that I will likely never wear this to MNRF due to the dust and muck, etc. So if I am unlikely to wear this outside, I can go with whatever layers I want. The coutil is going to be used for my 18th century corset which needs to be done….uh…. soonish?
My final project has been the camicia. I decided to use handkerchief (or tissue as per Joann Fabrics) linen for the camicia, and was planning on using this excellent tutorial at Realm of Venus. I am not going to add the side pieces, and instead am using wider width pieces at the front and back. Mainly because I went through my bin of chemises waiting to be sewn together and found a linen camicia already cut out, serged, and waiting to be completed. I am thinking I am going to keep the serging because it is already there, and don’t want to change the dimensions even more. I did cut two 2.5 inch sections from the bottoms of the front and back pieces in order to have fabric for the flat band neckline that needs to be embroidered as per the portrait. I am unsure on the embroidery plan. Before assembly? After assembly? Hmm.
I will have pictures on Wednesday after my adventure out with the Teens tomorrow. Woot!