|Many buttons. Too many buttons.|
This post will be more laundry-list and less explicative, because we're into the pre-Pennsic sewing crunch and I have six quarts of boeuf bourguignon to make, vacuum-seal, and freeze today. So without further ado, here's what I've been up to:
- Put lacing holes in the late-period suit my ronin-sister made for my dashing consort last year, and added cloth buttons on the front closing of the netherhose. Which latter was warm-up for...
- Made all the buttons for the pourpoint. At least, I hope that fifty-five will be enough. *thud* For the flat buttons, I'd bought some felt to insert, but even with two layers (and it's pretty thick felt) the result was still too squishy; so I messed around a bit and found a way to cover the pewter forms I'd gotten for this in the first place.
- Cut out a new, larger pair of lower sleeves for the pourpoint, which I have to set up & quilt today (something I have been in massive amounts of avoidance about).
- Made a green linen apron for 16th-century working clothes. Well, I mean, apron tech hasn't really changed over the medieval period (take a rectangle of fabric. tie it around your waist. wipe your hands on it.) but we actually see green linen ones as a specific and recurring item in 16c. England, so there it is. Also I had a bunch of dark green linen. --Now, the truth is, that's probably supposed to be a wearing-out apron and not a grotty-job apron, so I still actually need an apron for doing grotty jobs; but this is not today's problem.
- Knocked together a 2nd pair of generic linen trews for my dashing consort, in case it's another stupid hot year. In spite of redoing the pattern per his feedback on the first pair, somehow they still came out too short-waisted and bind his bits. Snarl.
- Cut out a linen GFD. This is not going to be any kind of show piece, it will be machine-sewn oh yes it will, but just something cheery and cool for hot weather in case it's another stupid hot year. (You sense a theme here?) Especially since my blue dress is reaching end-of-life.
I am hoping to complete all of the above items as well as a partlet before we leave; let's see what happens.