So the longest-term project in my crafting life lately has been the red dress. This is a red wool dress that was made at the last minute the night before an event and, well, looked like it. Last June I picked it apart and started the process of careful measuring, cutting, and all that to put it back together (100% hand sewn, silk thread, bone needle). I also made google drawings of my body measurements and of the shapes I cut for the kyrtel, so that I’d have a record of what I did and how well it worked.
Well, last night I finished everything but the hem and tried it on. It’s tight, but it fits, and looks a zillion times better than last time. There are things I want to finesse about this pattern (a pretty standard Nockert Type I garment, with the shoulders cut in a bit), and there are a couple places where my sewing did not do exactly what I wanted it to, but overall I am very pleased with it!
I had originally intended to jazz this dress up with tons of Viking-style embroidery based on the Mammen finds, but I’m reconsidering that plan. For starters, the dress isn’t perfect enough for me to want to spend THAT much time on the embroidery – and I was figuring a LOT of embroidery! I think I’ll do some simpler embroidery designs on the dress, and will probably do something pretty elaborate on my Jorvik hat, but I think I’ll leave the red dress alone at least for now.
Instead… MOAR PROJECTS! I am torn between doing another Nockert Type I garment in hopes of perfecting the pattern, and doing a St. Francis tunic as described by Alianor, which has the advantages of (she says) producing a perfect 13th c. silhouette – and, as you will note, NO DAMN CENTER GORES! (I am contemplating cutting all my future gowns that have center gores all the way up the front to avoid inset gores, since I simply cannot get them right.)
I dunno. What do you think I should work on?