Here is a photo for color and texture in the meantime, these are finished pleated skirts with waistbands to the left of this paragraph. Had the silk surveyed by a fellow Scadian, who makes silk clothes mundanely. We are both thrilled with the consistency and rare to very mild slubbing in the material. So its good quality silk for a great price for the weave that was advertised. The colors to the left present as follows; spring green (top), mauve shot with black (2nd from top), Magenta shot with red (3rd from top), royal blue (4th from top) burgundy red shot with black (bottom)
Was worried about the spring green and magenta would be too bright. Though they just fall within the ranges of color, in the Tudor Tailor for natural stuffs for the color chart. So the Tudors could get some good color saturation even with hand dying. Its so nice to have great sources to help make informed choices for planning stages.
So using the fitted pattern to make proper kirtles for around 1550 English, time for the style I'm depicting. Drafted it from the Tudor Tailor, the pattern for my first red silk taffeta kirtle from earlier posts. Using this same pattern for these next 5 kirtles. Coordinating sleeves are planned for a middle but more gentry class woman. Months ago in January, worked on these sleeves imaged to the left. They are all complete with hooks at the top for attachment to a kirtle or gown.
Running the math, very pleased that I have 45 different configurations with these sleeves to show some wardrobe power of variety. No getting bored with silk here ;-)
Speaking of Power, came up with a powerhouse idea that just struck me the other day. A reasonable way of displaying my awards in a more inconspicuous way than a belt favor or necklace/ medallion...... An apron! I plan on making a flat front English apron and will make reasonably sized but not larger than half dollar patches. Since I tend to wear an apron often, this is also a reasonable persona driven choice. Will eventually embroider patches for the corners to show the awards currently obtained and leaves some choices for future ones.
Its not meant to be ostentatious but rather a solution to a period and Scadian problem. For myself, I forget my medallions at home and don't want to look like Mr. T with necklaces galore. Besides this apron, I also have had brooches made as another variant. So depending on how ones wears their garb and accessorizes, there are ways of making this unique and fun. Wanted to put this out as food for thought.
Doll update: still working on lace to complete the next doll in the collection. Though layering projects helps me focus, the change of what I look at regularly keeps me driven to complete projects. Variety being the spice of life. Will post more on the lace when it looks more like a pattern.
Keep on stitching,