It’s been quite some time since I last posted but that doesn’t mean that I have been idle.  We took the summer off of eventing and spent it doing tons of work around the house, traveling, and finished it up with Dragon*Con.

We planted a garden.

We trimmed up all the shrubs, mulched the garden area, redid two planting beds, cleaned out tons of vines, and power washed the house.

We had a ton of fun at Dragon*Con.

I made a sweet new steampunk costume.

picture by James Morrow

picture by James Morrow

On the way home we made a detour at Ikea.  Got lots of great ideas for some more home project plans including my upcoming sewing room reorganization & redecoration project.

The dogs missed us like crazy.

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I reorganized and rearranged the sewing room.  The work flow is so much more efficient now.

And I’ve been working on my Wonder Woman rapier armor for Coronation.  It’s now ready for trim so I can take it will me to my conference next week.

Last weekend Drea and I drove up to Atlantian Kingdom Arts and Science Festival.  We had a fabulous time and I got to spend some much needed time just hanging out and seeing friends that I hardly ever get to see.  I also got to see many well deserve people get recognized for their research and arts.  Plus we got to enjoy a exciting adventure through the wilds of Virginia on the way to dinner with Mathilde.  Thankfully the trip home was blessedly uneventful we arrived home right around 11pm.

I am really trying to get back in the habit of taking pictures at events and I took lots of pictures at KASF.  They are up in my SmugMug gallery if you would like to take a look.

While most of my friends are at Pennsic I’ve decided to take take this week to plow through some projects that have been sitting on my To Do list for a little too long.  The first thing I did was to actually write the list down:

  1. Finish commission up to hem
  2. Clean sewing room
  3. Clean bedroom
  4. Finish Mending
  5. Make Shirt
  6. Make Brais
  7. Pattern Pourpoint
  8. Cut out pink doublet
  9. Cut out Wool jerkin
  10. Embroider on Jacket?
  11. Cut out Coty’s suit
  12. Cut out Pluderhosen

I finished the first 3 today and I’ve been making good headway on the fourth this afternoon.

While cleaning up my sewing room (it was so bad I couldn’t find anything and it stressed me out just to be in there!) I found my new Venetians waiting to be put away and I realized I had never taken a picture of them for you.  So with out further ado here are pictures of the Venetians I finished in April/May.  Please excuse the mess in the guest bedroom and fact that they were taken with my cell phone.  The camera is still MIA.  I’ll be taking better pictures for the website once I’ve found the camera.

Front view of my new Venetians.

Side view of my new Venetians.

When I was Baroness I took up spear so that I could fight with my troops on both the heavy and rapier fields at war.  I had a lot of fun with it but at the time I didn’t have any real intention of going farther with heavy fighting.  Several months ago that changed and I had a renewed desire to pursue heavy fighting in more depth.  This meant I would need more armour and, since I had been borrowing a helm from my husband previously, the first thing I would need is a helm of my own.

We were over at Clare and Eldrid’s last weekend and one of the projects worked on was my helm.  Gaston got some great in progress pictures of Master Eldrid working on my helm and they are now up in my gallery.  Check ‘em out!

Venetians side view

While I haven’t finished them yet I did want to go ahead and post updated pictures of my new venetians.  I still need to hem the leg openings and I need to add the buttons and button holes but those are the last things I need to complete in order to finally be able to wear them.

More pictures are available on my gallery.

Since I posted a tutorial on incorporating pockets into venetians and trunkhose yesterday I thought I would post a bit today about the pants the tutorial is based on.

I had posted recently that the first project of my great wardrobe overhaul was going to be new rapier armor.  Since I wanted to base it off of depictions of suits worn by soldiers in De Ghyen’s The Exercise of Armes I spent several hours pouring over my copy of the treatise.  While there were several examples of men wearing trunkhose, most appeared to be wearing venetians so I decided to start with a pair of those first.  Most of the venetians depicted appeared to have legs that were gathered or pleated into a leg band but a few appeared to be made with a fitted knee similar to the ones depicted in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion.  Since I’ve always like those pants but never made a pair for myself I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally have my own pair.

I decided to make my venetians out of a burgundy wool flannel which I purchased from B. Black and Sons several years ago.  The are lined with linen and the pocket bags are also made of linen.  Since many of the venetians depicted in The Exercise of Armes and the ones I was basing mine on from Patterns of Fashion also had contrasting trim on the sides I decided to trim mine with pink linen bias tape that I made myself of a remnant I had left over from a previous project.  Pictures of the pants currently in progress can be found in my gallery.

Me at Golden Rose

Me at Golden Rose

It has been kind of a crazy week and a half since I last posted.  Sorry for the delay guys.

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A Saturday afternoon on the Spar.

This past weekend we went down to Beaufort, NC to enjoy some excellent Coastal NC wreck diving.

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I’ve finally started rededicating time each week to work on my embroidered jacket last month and I finally completed the outlining on the first sleeve of my embroidered jacket last week.  I also finished the first gore are started the second sleeve last night.  Progress is being made once again!

I realized Sunday night while I was starting work on the second sleeve that I hadn’t updated my gallery for this project in several months.  Unfortunately when I pulled out my camera last night to snap some quick pictures I noticed that my batteries for the camera were dead. :(  So I pulled out the Flip, shot some quick video of the completed sleeve and gore, and then pulled out some stills from the video so I’d have something to show you guys this morning. :)  The stills I was able to pull out don’t give you a good overall view but I did charge the camera batteries last night so I can snap a few more pictures this evening.

So there are new pictures up in my jacket gallery if you all want to check them out and more are on the way soon.

Last week I finally got off my bum and finished hemming my kirtle and I thought I should post some pictures.  I’m still debating what color I want to use for my guard but otherwise it’s finished!  Pictures are up in my gallery!