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I bought seven yards of cheepish wool off Ebay, only to find out that the brown had distinctly khaki overtones in daylight. Enter a kilo of salt, a kilo of soda ash, a liter of cleaning vinegar and one packet of Dylon machine dye in 'burgundy' (a very dark brownish reddish purple). A few hours later, I now have some nicely cinnamon-toned wool, a bit lighter maybe than what I was aiming for, but still acceptable. The plan is to make a brown dress that'll work for two outfits if I attach different sleeves. Since sleeves were still detachable at the time, I should be ok there.

Outfit 1:
http://homepage.mac.com/festive_attyre/research/earlyflor/3flor9.html
(since I already have the slouch down pat)
Outfit 2:
http://freespace.virgin.net/f.lea/sof3.jpg
(since it's warm, layerable and semi-practical)

I'm currently building a Dutch Tudor dress, which I'll hopefully be able to showcase at the Midwinter Fair. It has a red kirtle (I may cheat and use my red linen kirtle and just make the red wool sleeves, since that's all that shows really) and a blue gown with huge (fake) fur lined sleeves. The 'kirtle', incidentally, is the layer that you wear over your undies but under your next layer or 'gown'. So far I have half a bodice, half a skirt, loose sleeves which need to be attached to the gown (but are big enough to each be an a-line over the knee skirt by themselves), half a partlet and a head gear mockup. The outfit is inspired by this page:
http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~ktay0998/clothing_general.html

Pretty!

Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:05 pm
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Darkest liquid night flowing
over my skin- man,
gotta love black silk velvet

I picked up some fabric at the Besterd market, some greenish mockup fabric, a length of black flowy twill, a rust coloured twill and an ultra solid black fabric. I did burn tests and they seem to be mostly cotton, with a tiny hint of polyester in the black twill and a greater percentage of synthetics in the green stuff.They're currently being tortured/washed and I'll see what they look like in the morning.

And then there's the silk velvet...I'm making a Dutch Tudor era outfit and it needs a beguin hood. I saw some black silk/rayon velvet for 7 euri and it looked gorgeous so I got myself a metre, enough to make three hoods. I might save the rest, pass it on or just sit there and pet it until my hands wear out:)

I am serving out my time at UPC, will have my life back after the 25th. Loving the work and the money, but hating the work load and disappearance of social life.

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