Monday, June 27, 2011

Uh….if I told you aliens abducted me, so that’s why I haven’t posted, would you believe me?

What?  No?
Um…..well, life has been capital C     C-R-A-Z-Y.
And then there’s getting ready for Barons War.  Which is only a few short weeks away.  Yikes!  Good news is, there is more or less only the whites for hubby and I to go (plus some other nit-picky things as far as the clothes go….I’ll get into one of those things in just a few paragraphs.)
But I should update on what I’ve been sewing on!  Although there has been silence on my end, and my steam is certainly running out, I’ve still managed to be somewhat productive.
Here’s me with tiredface and wild hair.  But look at my hair – not really the hair, but the pearls and bows!  Since all of my hairpieces match my old hair color, I also need to make more braids; I have two different shades waiting for me to test out and make up some hair pieces.  (The ribbons are gold….kind of hard to see in this shot, but are trying to mimic the pink ribbons in the portrait below….)


I didn’t have enough gold findings to do pearl-and-gold as I was originally thinking of, but I think plain pearl suits me better anyway.  I’m really mostly a plain-jane kinda gal.  Here’s one of the portraits that has the hair action I’m kinda going for:

1550s_ Isotta Brembati Grumelli_ Giovanni Batista Moroni_ Ve
Portrait of Isotta Bermbati Grumelli 1550-1555
Giovan Battista Moroni
Here’s one later than my target date, but is plain pearl, sans bows:

Portrait of Isabella de Medici - ???
(via Aneafiles)

And here’s the ‘big’ update……the Turkish coat is nearly done!  (I’ll explain the ‘nearly’ part in a minute…..)

1555, Portrait of a Lady, Titian (Venetian)_ Nat'l Museum of
Portrait of a Lady 1555

Over all, I’m pretty happy with it!*  It’s a bit shorter than I had originally planned, but what with limited fabric and somewhat wonky hem action, there wasn’t much I could do about it.
What is really bugging me, however, is the skipped space in the trim.  Of course it didn’t happen, yanno, on the hem in the back or something.  No.  Right.  Smack.  In.  The. Front.  See it?


Of course I didn’t notice it until all the trim was sewn on and I put it on for the first time and looked in the mirror.  I saw it and about had a breakdown. 
Anyway, so my options thus far are as follows:
  • defensively walk around with my hand firmly placed like the portrait and cover up the mistake.  (Not too practical, I admit)
  • try and forget about it, (Yeah.  Right.) and tell myself that no one will notice.  (See above)
  • Re-do the trim from that spot down.  (Time consuming and especially difficult as it’s sewn down now.)
  • Use that empty space for buttons.  (Most likely scenario)
I was going to put massive pearl buttons on the  edge like on the portrait, but because now of my epic fail, I may cut off the crystal spacers for 8” or so and pretend that I meant to put the buttons on the trim instead of next to it.  This seems like the least time-intensive option, though not perfect.  My ARness wants me to rip the trim off completely and re-do it all, but that is just not gonna happen.
Below is a detail of the trim on the portrait…..see how the buttons are on the edge of the trim?

1555, Portrait of a Lady (decoration detail), Titian (Veneti
Detail of:
Portrait of a Lady 1555
So, opinions please:  Just how dorktacular would it be to move the ‘buttons’ over to the center of the trim to hide my boo-boo?  Like so:


Ok, enough angsting about that for a minute.  Here is a close-up of both the neckline and the sleeve:


ETA:  I should mention that the reason I’ve not listed re-spacing the beading as an option is because the trim has little spaces for each of the elements, so I’m not sure if I’d like putting the crystal in the ‘X’ of the undulation rather than in the center as the rest of them are.  Dunno.  Does that change anyone’s opinion?  (Um, yeah, it is much more obvious IRL than it is in this crappy pic.)


Also of note, whether I end up using the partlet I’m not-quite-in-love-with-for-this-outfit is done, thanks is large part to my momma and Elizabeth!  I do like this partlet, but maybe just not for this dress.  I’m still undecided!


Also of note, I picked up the blackwork for my camacia (potentially new/4th partlet) from the ever-fabulous Jaquelinne this past weekend.  It is smashingly awesome.  Seriously, you have no idea!  My goal is to get that piece into a finished garment by the end of the week!
I also dropped off linen with my Apprentice sister at fighter practice yesterday and she posted last night about her blackwork progress for my hubby’s shirt.  Holy cow can that woman embroider!!!

*It’s short, the sleeves are much wider than I had intended (but look less crazy big when my arms are in there), the bust/waist are not as fitted, but hey, that means it’s more comfy? 


  1. It looks awesome and purple and comfy and lush.  As for the missing bit of pearls, it looks like the one cluster under the space is maybe a little close to the next one down, could it simply be moved up a smidge to even out the placement?  Just my thought in looking at it.  It would take very little time compared to redoing everything and you could still do the buttons on the edge.

  2. I *love* the turkoid.  I'd move the two surrounding clusters in to adjust the spacing and hide the booboo.  Barring that, putting the buttons there would be fine. <3

  3. You've been MIA because you've been madly sewing, of course! The turkish outfit is fabulous! I would do the button idea to save my sanity.

    The hair is super cute! Need a different angle, though...

    And OMG, that partlet! So amazeballs...

  4. I would vote to do the button thing also, for sanity. Go all OCD on it and fix it after the event if you feel like you have to.  It all looks really lovely, though and you did a beautiful job.  Love the hair also.

  5. Welcome back!  I've missed your blog posts.  Such purdiness was worth the wait, though.  Hopefully we'll be able to be crafty together more in the near future!

  6. I like the idea of trying to respace the pearls to make it appear right - or the button plan sounds good. However, if you really want to redo it, I volunteer to carefully unpick it for you  so you won't have to swear at every stitch you are taking out. Then you'd have to resew it, but I think the unpicking would be traumatic. Just let me know and I'd love to do that for you if you decide to go that route. 

  7. By the way - love the post! The hair looks great. I used to love trying different braidzilla stuff with your hair. Do you remember? It was mostly before you got old enough to complain about it.......