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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Medieval a la lycra

The next big project I'm working on requires a ton of interfacing so, naturally, I ran out of interfacing. So, with an eye to using up some "what was I thinking fabric" and making Sara her long-promised costume, I decided to have some fun with a medieval dress until I could
go interfacing-shopping.This was an awfully quick project since I just modified the Raglan Sleeve shirt I just made (Ottobre 6-2008-13) into a dress. I left the sleeve hems ungathered, took in the waist to 1" bigger than Sara's measurement, and lengthened the hem to floor length. I also squared the neckline, added some lace and a belt cut out of jersey.

Other than modifying a modern pattern, I stayed true to medieval tools and techniques: serged seams, serged rolled hems, elastic thread, a stretch needle, and fabric with a 10% lycra content.
This is the first time I've used a stretch needle. When I was shirring the sleeves, the ballpoint needle was skipping stitches like crazy, but I got perfect stitches when I switched to the stretch needle. Amazing.

Here you can see the shape of the dress.



Brown cotton lace and shirred sleeves.




Rolled hem.





The belt is a long strip of brown slinky jersey.






9 comments:

  1. Excellent use of "what I was thinking fabric"!

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  2. Adorable and I am totally copying you for my princess. So awesome!!

    Your medieval techniques made me laugh out loud. Mine are just as true to period. ;-)

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  3. Awesome! Just what a true-to-every-nitty-gritty-detail medieval-reenactment-buff girl needs. Also extra points for using up WWIT Fabric. I wish I could talk one of my kids into being Maid Marion for Halloween. I'm stuck with two cheesy vampires this year, courtesy of the Oh-so-authentic-and-polyester design genius of Walmart.

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  4. What a great use for the fabric! I do like the colour :)

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  5. I loved your "staying true" comment. This really is a perfect way to use your "What was I thinking?" fabric. And oh my goodness, I am so glad you discovered the stretch needle. It makes such a difference for your knit sewing! Your daughter looks adorable and I love the pic of her sidekick!

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  6. Spooooooky!!! I was just cutting out an Olivia today and thinking 'this would make a great medieval dress'. Not that I'm going to do it any time soon - I have mermaid and firefighter requests in for this year. I love the shirring - those Dark Ages types really knew how to rock elastic, don't you think?

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  7. Lovely! Am thinking I could adult size that off a tee pattern I like!

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  8. Ok, I'm ignorant on the needle thing. I have been using a ball point needle & have been double sewing my seams becasue NO MATTER what I do, I get skipped stitches. Remember - I am in Nashville - some things are totally foreign down here. What is a "stretch needle" ? How is it different from the ball point? (See if I know this stuff when I GO to the sewing machine shop, they won't tell me that I don't know what I'm talking about)
    Love the costume! You are always an inspiration.

    sam

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  9. She looks beautiful in her dress, and her smile says it all!
    The rolled hems look perfect, definitely worth the purchase of a stretch needle!
    Your description of true to form mediaeval techniques made me laugh...

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