Friday, September 19, 2014

A simple riding habit shirt! With terrible photo quality.

Unfortunately, none of the detail shots turned out, and I still, through misunderstandings, do not have my own camera.  So here are two very grainy shots of my new riding habit shirt, made with the advice of The Diary of a Mantua Maker and Reconstructing History.

 The pattern is made up in the same manner as a man's shirt.  The fabric is super lightweight linen from (I ordered some '100%' wool there... it was not so.  That was a fiasco.)
The body piece was 27" wide and 32" long, the sleeve gussets 5x5" and the shoulder gussets 3x3" and the sleeves 25x13.  The cuffs and neck close with thread dorset buttons, and the entire shirt is hand stitched with linen thread.  The back is gathered into a waistband that wraps around to the front.
I'm very happy with how this turned out!  I only wish I'd made the neck a bit wider and the sleeves a touch fuller.  And I wish I'd brushed my hair for the pictures.

At some point I will add removable linen ruffles to the cuffs.  Also, I had way too much fun starching that collar.  I can't wait to try this on with a cravat under a jacket!

And my silly cap storage method:

Having fun on campus.

Hopefully I'll get my own camera soon.  Until then, that pleated cap is still for sale, and I have a few fun projects coming up! (as a riding shirt necessitates a riding habit.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Buy this cap?

Ha!  I am sewing.  A little bit. I wanted another silk cap because I had a lot of the fabric left, and since all of my other caps were ruffled I thought it might be nice to put the time and energy into a pleated one.
But now that it's made... eh.  I don't like it as much as the first one.  But you can buy it if you want!  $35 for a hand-sewn, period correct silk cap with a very wide ruffle.
 (Yes, the photo quality is bad....)
Some of my inspiration.

Anyway, I have a real, substantive project coming up.  Hopefully.   Hopefully by then I can use my own camera and not Professor W's.