Well here they are in their full curtain-like glory. Retrieving the curtains from their previous owners, delightfully discovering I have enough fabric to make three outfits. Most pleased of course, because the warm tones do well to warm up my cooler skin tone and set off my red hair. I am really considering making a gown that looks like the Embroidered Elizabethan blue with this fabric, though with some differences in tailoring. I don't need two exactly the same style gowns. Happy, my crewel fabric has a multitude of colors so I can make it match most hues. Though I am also considering a Catherine Parr Late Tudor fitted gown with puffed upper sleeves, though I want to learn how to get the proper styling of the sleeves and bodice first. I will have to study my green one to make a proper pattern. I have a feeling that I won't be making a Pink Renaissance outfit for Justin out of this fabric, though it would look nice. I will have to see how that will all work out and ask him how comfortable he would be in this color.
I also have this lovely gold with blue floral damask fabric, also a set of curtains. Taking into consideration making a puffed shoulder sleeved Renaissance gown. Something really regal to match the sumptuous richness of this fabric. Considering dark blue velvet in the slashes of the puffs. Oh I know I have blue velvet scraps out in my fabric tote saved for something like this. I would wear my black wool kirtle underneath this to set off the lighter blue pattern. Wearing two floral patterns one as a top layer one as an under-layer can be visually confusing, unless their patterns match. Which my crewel floral and the damask floral blue on gold really don't match in pattern. Though I have been looking at my crewel fabric and wondering of crewel kirtle as the under-dress for the pink might be an option, I want everything to have a fluid smoothness.
Oh so many things to decide, when designing gowns. There still time to figure it all out, and its nice to find ways of using all this wonderful scraps and details. The planning I say is the best part, next to seeing it all take shape before you as one sews. Well there is lots to decide wondering if sleeves would have to be a consideration, hmm I love pretty mix and match options.
On the book front I am reading The Ultramarines Omnibus, as background reference for Justin's Deathwatch game which is set in Warhammer 40k world. Not sewing related reading but that is ok. Though on a sewing note I did order two books from Tudortailor.com. They will be coming but I am not sure how long from Britain it will take. Still working on some embroidery for the gloves but it is taking time. I want to have the borders done by this week, we will see how successful my progress is later.