Friday afternoon I went straight from the [ex]-office to my friend Star's house to work on stuff and help her do the same. I spent the entire weekend just steamrolling through the pile, and, well, I haven't stopped since. (And yeah, since I was halfway into moving my craft room, it's been a huge pain in the butt working across three rooms!)
While thinking about the weather this coming weekend for the event, and what clothing I already had that would keep me warm and reasonably dry, I decided to go full Italian for the entire event.
And so, although I won't have many pics for you until after the event itself, here's a list of what I've gotten done since Friday so far:
- Removed the silver ribbon trim from my black gamurra and replaced it with couched gold satin ribbon, and
- Created a pair of simple early 1500s-era bag sleeves in gold linen with black ribbon ties, and a machine-embroidered motto along the edges (these two things because (a) I didn't have an Italian Caerleon livery, and because my 14th century CL livery is all too small for me! D: )
- created another pair of bag sleeves in a lovely deep blue swirly damask, to be worn with my brown gamurra
- finished one and created a second long, fabric sash to be worn over my belt
- cut and finished two new, very simple pouches to carry my things in, one of a lovely embroidered silk that I can't wait to show you
- made an exrta-long flannel chemise with extra-long sleeves, to be worn as a nightgown n the frigid eastern Ansteorra winter nights...which was a godawful beige color, so I also bleached it...and instead of simply whitening, it turned bright bubble-gum pink!!! Dafuq?? Whatever . It's warm, that's all I care about. It's not like anyone is going to see it.
- Assembled eight simple, canvas "pilgrim bags"/flat satchels, and that'll get its own blog entry next week after I've given them to their intended recipients
- Figured out how to achieve a hair covering like this one out of veils and ribbons that I already possess
And finally, because I just cannot wait to show these off:
Inspired by this photo, I drafted my own version, did a loooot of cutting out pieces ( I got to use a friend's rotary cutter, and I'd never used one before, and that is DEFINITELY going on my christmas list!), a loooot of edge-serging, and at one point in the assembly process made a really pretty squid. And I finally got to use my gold (plastic) knot buttons that I bought at Gulf Wars three years ago!
I really wanted to get a photo of these over my silk chemise sleeves...but I can't find my silk chemise! NOOOOOO! I must locate it before the weekend. While this picture is just over a t-shirt, I did try it on over a cotton chemise, and the sleeve boofs (technical term??) blouse up nicely like they're supposed to over the proper undergarments.
So what's next this week? A great-coat-thing like this one, of heavy embroidered cotton and fuzzy blanket lining, for warmth. A whole bunch of small flags, already cut out, that need to be painted and them assembled. A woodworking project (a simple and quick one, thankfully), for the event.
Once I'm finished there'll be a LOT of sorting and packing and loading of SUVs.
And in between is my BFF's birthday, and a celebratory movie and dinner. Yay! :D
* For the record, I was laid off from my job, which is not doing so well in the present economy. This is a GREAT thing for me, though - I've been stagnating there and have often thought of moving on. Now I get to!