Linen for lining

Linen for lining

I enjoyed the My Little Pony Norse project so much that by Tournament of Friends I had decided I needed to do it again.  And I needed new rapier armor.  And wouldn’t it be fun if I based it on my all time favorite super hero: Wonder Woman.

Last weekend I placed my fabric order.

And because the fates are what they are today the next Atlantian Garb Challenge was announced: Heros vs Villians. Awesome.

Linen for doublet

Linen for doublet

Linen for pants

Linen for pants

I debated blogging about the project but I have decided to go ahead and do it.  I have several tutorials for the blog I want to do videos for that I could do as part of the project.  Plus with the announcement of the challenge I think it would be cool if a bunch of us blogged about our projects.

So here we are.

Silk to make the braided trim.

Silk to make the braided trim.

Sunday I ordered my linen.  I chose Firecracker Red for the doublet but in the end I decided on making a silk braid.

What a coincidence.  The silk for the braid arrived this afternoon.

Twilight Sparkle Inspired Norse

Twilight Sparkle Inspired Norse

Well, its been over a month and a half since the event I made this garb for (almost two months at this point) but the weekend before last we had a small local event and I finally wore my Twilight Sparkle inspired Norse.

The whole ensemble is machine sewn but hand finished.  The under gown is purple linen, the apron dress is a tabby woven wool, and the over coat (or caftan) is made of fulled wool flannel.  I received the tablet woven belt as a gift several years ago and I purchased the broaches from Raymond’s Quiet Press.  I really enjoyed making this outfit, more than I expected to enjoy making Norse clothing.

Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle, and Fluttershy

Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle, and Fluttershy

We even got a chance to get most of the ponies together for a quick photo opportunity (sadly Pinky Pie was still packed away in tubs from Gulf Wars).

I think I might do this again. I do need new rapier armor.

I really debated doing and Ymir recap.

You see, I put off posting about my Twilight Sparkle inspired Norse that I made for the event thinking I would do a big Ymir Event/Project post.  It wasn’t like it was a super-secret project or anything but I was really pushing myself to finish it as well as a Norse ensemble for my husband and I didn’t take time to post about either of them.  But the event…well, let’s just say I have had better Ymirs.

While my husband looked smashing in his Norse I didn’t get any pictures (he was marshaling the heavy tournament all day) and I didn’t even get to wear mine.  I did wear my very warm, very nice wool jerkin, but I had to whip stitch it closed in the front because the fabric I had brought with me for finishing up the buttons made the most horrid, awful buttons that I would rather have sewn myself into it than spent one more moment making ugly buttons that I would just have had to remake anyway.  It wasn’t ideal (sewing the jerking closed meant it was a little poochy/bunchy in the front where it should have overlapped to button) but it worked, I was warm, and only one person noticed.

It was a very pretty Ymir.  It was cold and brisk and we had a light snowfall and flurries all day but it didn’t stick to anything.  The kind of snowfall that would have been great for pictures…if I had taken any.  I didn’t get to fight in the tournament like I had planned but I did get to watch my apprentice win it.  I participated in the White Scarf Challenge and got in a few pickups.  I was disappointed that the Black Sword Tourney was allowed to run opposite the White Scarf Challenge.

So, now I need to get pictures up of the Norse ensembles I finished and the completed jerkin.  I had hoped to get pictures done this weekend but it looks like it will be later this week (Wed, Thursday, or Friday).

Blue Wool Jerkin

Blue Wool Jerkin

A man's hat made of burgundy fulled wool with tablet woven trim.

A man’s hat made of burgundy fulled wool with tablet woven trim.

After a very busy and quiet November and December this weekend was very productive project-wise.

On Saturday I made the blue wool jerkin that you see to the left to help keep me warm while fencing at ymir.  At this point all it needs is to have the lining sewn down in the arms and buttons and button holes.  I’m pretty pleased with how it turns out.  It’s a little big because I haven’t taken my doublet pattern in yet but it still looks really nice.

Sunday, before Baronial practice, I made a Norse cap for my husband for Ymir.  It went together way more quickly than I was expecting. I started from scratch around 9am, drafted a pattern, cut it out, fitted it, sewed the cap together, butterflied and stitched down the seams, hemmed it, had lunch, and added the trim all before noon.  He loved it and wore it all day.

As a state employee I have today off for the holiday and I have finally taken the time to updated several of my project pages that were badly in need of updating.  I still need to replace a lot of my pictures but one thing at a time. :)

c1900-1910 Davis Sewing Machine

c1900-1910 Davis Sewing Machine

Surely I am not the only one that gets themselves Christmas presents.  Right?  Bueller?  Well I am very excited to share this years will all of you.

This weekend, while on one of our usual weekend adventures, my husband and I found, buried in a little shop on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, a Davis sewing machine in amazing condition.

Our research dates the machine to c1900-1910 when Davis made a nearly identical machine called the “Minnesota” which came in several models and was sold to Singer.  The same model, sold by the Davis Sewing Machine Company, was simply branded “Davis”.

Now I have been on the lookout for a pedal sewing machine for probably darn near a decade and while

Sewing machine with cabinet closed

Sewing machine with cabinet closed

I have seen many machines and come close to buying a couple I am glad that I waited because I have never seen one in this good of a condition.

The cabinet is gorgeous and the only damage I have found is that the lock cover between the two right hand draws is missing.  Everything else is in amazing condition.

Medallion on the sewing machine's base

Medallion on the sewing machine’s base

The machine itself is in lovely working condition and came with two belts (one never used) and a full box of attachments.  The decorations and designs are also in fabulous condition.  I really wish we still made sewing machines this beautiful.

More pictures are available on my Smug Mug gallery if you would like to look through them.


All I need is a needle (which I have been able to easily find on ebay) and I will be taking this baby out for a test drive.  I can’t wait.

Maybe I should make something from the period….

The bulk of my spare time is still being spent working on the web project for our local dive shop that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to take a minute to let you all know that the 16th-17th Century Hosen and Stockings article and the 14th Century Cloth Hosen article that I wrote for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d are now available at History Unstitched, the newest sister site of Your Wardrobe Unlock’d and Foundations Revealed focusing on clothing from antiquity to 1699.

Inside the Fort (Picture by Victoria Dye)

While I have been doing some project work since Crown the bulk of my spare time has been spent working on a web project for our local dive shop so I haven’t really had a lot to post about, unless of course you think upgrading Joomla is the coolest thing since sliced bread.

However, this weekend I took a bit of a break and we packed up the car and headed north to Dogwood Farms and the Gardiner’s Company work weekend.

Coty spent the bulk of his time working out in the fort with the guys while I spent most of my day with the gals working on smocks and coifs for the Gardiner’s store.  We got a ton of stuff acomplished.

I had a great time hanging out and getting to see everyone.

The fort looks awesome.  It’s really coming along and I can’t wait for the next muster.  We’ve been making pretty good headway on the store too.  I even purchased a new pair of trunkhose for myself on the trip. 😉

I had a wonderful day at Atlantian Fall Crown this past Saturday.  I was very honored to be fought for by my husband, Master Gaston Valmont.  Our friends Efenwalt and Talento heralded for us.  It’s been posted on Facebook but below is footage of our procession.  Enjoy!

Gaston looked great in his surcoat and I told him if we decide to do it again I will make us matching banners since, after all these years, we still don’t have any. :)

Finished applique on back lion with detailing

Completed surcoat

The surcoat is complete!  Just in time for Crown.  I am pretty pleased with how it came out.  I may even need to make one for myself by Gulf Wars.  I’ve uploaded some pictures into my gallery.  Hopefully I will get some more good ones at Crown.






Gaston Fighting in Fall Crown 2012.  Picture by Tannis Baldwin

Gaston Fighting in Fall Crown 2012. Picture by Tannis Baldwin

Lion applique on back piece before detailing

When last we left our intrepid heroin the fabric for her project had not yet arrived. Thankfully it arrived the next day.

I got the sleeves and body cut out the next week but with Coronation followed directly by War of the Wings (for which we were running and encampment and hosting Gardiner’s…it was AWESOME!) I didn’t get a chance to start the applique until this weekend.

The Most Important Sewing Notion of All (TM)

After I had assembled the back pieces (and cut out two pretty sweet white lions) I acquired The Most Important Sewing Notion of All (TM) and got to work. It took me about 2.5-3 hours to finish the outline and about another hour – 1.5 hours to finish the detail. I still have to add the crosses on the flanks but so far I think it looks pretty good. Now if I could just summon the internal fortitude to finish the pluderhosen for Wistric.