I’ve been working steadily at remaking my red dress. This is a geometrically constructed tunic a la Nockert Type I, with one change: I angle the tunic inwards from where the gussets meet the body up to the top of the shoulder, because making it big enough around to fit me as well as straight there means that the shoulder seam is about at my elbow!
This is my first 100% hand sewn garment since my first SCA garb (and I hand sewed that, badly, because I hated sewing machines – my motivation is different now!). The fabric is wool (I’m pretty sure, anyway), and I’m using silk thread and a needle hand carved from a piece of antler (not carved by me). At this point, I have two sleeves (with gussets) sewn on and flat felled, two gores sewn on but NOT flat felled, and the neck sewn down. I just turned the neck under twice and stitched it in place; although I finally learned how to do facings properly thanks to Maestra Maddalena, I am not a big fan of how they look and feel, plus they involve lots of fiddly bits, my least favorite part of sewing. So yeah, I did it the easy way. This has worked poorly in the past, but this time I did it with the dress still ‘open,’ not all sewn up. Why I didn’t think of this before I have no clue, but it works MUCH better this way!
My hand sewing is still a bit raggedy but definitely getting better, and practice makes perfect, right? I’m excited at how quickly this is going and how much I’m enjoying it. Also excited by the chance to use my cute little elephant pincushion and watch lots of Dr. Who. Win-Win situation! Since I finally have a camera battery again a few more pictures follow…..