The Challenge: #19 Wood, Metal, Bone
Fabric: 3.5 yds wool flannel, 0.5 yds cotton voile for lining, 1 yd cotton twill for interfacing, 0.5 yd mystery wool fabric for guards
Pattern: Self drafted from tutorial on elizabethancostume.net
Year: 1570s ish
Notions: 4 steel bones, 2 plastic bones, ribbon for lacing
How historically accurate is it? As far as materials go, linen lining would have been more accurate and I should have completely lined the kirtle and not just the bodice but I was going for cheap on the parts you couldn't see. I handsewed almost the entire gown using the tutorials here and here. The only things I sewed by machine are the boning channels and one side of the guard and one side of the skirt facing. So yay for historical accuracy on the construction!
I think that for the next go around, I'll hand sew the bodice only and do the skirt by machine. I really like they ways the bodice went together and how the hand sewn eyelets looked but the skirt was loooooong and boring.
I really like the shape it gives me with just 6 bones! Eeep! And it's so comfy to wear! I plan on wearing it under my court dress instead of a corset when it's cold.
Hours to complete: I lost track somewhere around 30 so I'll say about 40
First worn: October '13 to the Ohio Renaissance Festival
Total cost: $30
The Challenge: Outer Wear
Fabric: cotton voile and faux fur
How historically accurate is it? I did find some evidence of fur lined parlets in portraits so it's good in theory. Real fur and wool would have been much more accurate but I wanted to do a quick, stash busting project. It does keep me quite warm so I'll call it a success.
Hours to complete: 2
First worn: September '13
Total cost: all stash so free :)
Fur! Woot woot!
I'm a bad blogger who didn't do a dress diary but here's some in progress shots of the kirtle.