31 July 2013

How Much Do I Love Pie?

You know, for a woman who once *hated* the idea of covering my hair for the sake of periodicity (1), I sure do love my veils and hoods these days.  And now I have made my first second hat!  I've been wanting a "pie-crust hat" for some time now, like this:

Oh, wait, no, that's Adrian Paul.  This: 

hat on the left (image from the Manesse Codex)

My previous hat had one problem:  it got smashed flat in a box somewhere on the way to its first event, and I never even got to wear it.  Sadface!  A good friend of mine, H.L. Catherine de Harewell, suggested this alteration to the next design:

Yup, it's flat.  

 It pins together in the back (or the side, whatever).  This way I can pack it flat without worrying about it getting crushed!  Is that not an awesome idea?

The hat is plain white linen, all hand-stitched (I made 90% of it in the car on the way to an event), and stiffened with heavy cardstock paper.  If I end up loving this as I wear it around this fall, I'll open it up and replace the paper with something more durable; but for the time being I just want to make sure the hat wears well.  No harm wasting paper for a trial run or three.

And here it is with my uber-period cow-print cotton bandana, and v-neck tshirt.  Oh, and also my roots showing.  I should probably do something about that.

SUCCESS!  I can't wait to wear it.  I can't wait to show you the dress I'm making to go with it!  I can't wait to show you ALL KINDS of things I'm working on right now, beginning with painting my sewing room - I've already done the closet.  Busy busy!

P.S.:  a lot.  Like, a LOT a lot.  I'm famous for it.

(1) "Periodicity", coined by Lady Harewell, and used with assumed permission.  ;) 


22 July 2013

Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Stayin' Alive

Just a note to say that I'm sorry I haven't been blogging this month.  I've been:

  • extremely busy out of the house
  • not feeling well, physically or emotionally
  • spending a lot of my free time sleeping, and trying to heal

Back soon as I can.