I’m Going to my first LARP (Live Action Role Play) event at Easter. I really enjoying the preparation for it, it has got back into sewing again. I haven’t used my machine for month and now all I want to do in the evenings is sew.
I used empire pattern for a T Tunic which is really simple and easy, I adjusted the size as the given measurements were huge! I added facing to the neckline to give a more polished finish, I also added Flat felled seam’s to give a move historic look.
I am planning to make it again out of a woollen fabric adding darts to improve the fit.
The Trousers I adapted from a 70’s pattern. I shortened the length, and made them gathered by adding fabric by gores which matched the style of the tunic. I finished the trouser with green felt at the gathers and the fastening.
I used an image of vintage tattoo flash for my screen prints a while ago, I started reusing it for inspiration.
A few weeks ago I used it to do some appliqué on my circle skirt. Circle skirts are traditionally appliqué with poodle hence why there often called poodle skirts. I didn’t really fancy sewing a poodle onto my skirt, so I appliqué the design I used for the screen printing, Unfortunately I didn’t photograph it until after I had worn it out on my birthday, it defiantly lost some of its definition in the wash.
Since I been doing leather work I have imagined using this image for a cameo corset. I love the style of Louise Black cameo corsets but I want a front Busk. So I think this will mean using a front panel with two busk which is a style of corset I have seen used a lot by harlots and angels. I will have to adapt an existing pattern it’s just a case of deciding which one now.
I’m really pleased with this Leather tooling, even though it very clear that I have more experience carving flower than faces! Hopefully I will be able to use it on the finished corset. Just waiting on all of my dyes to turn up so I can start finishing it properly.
So I attended a screen printing workshop at the London Textiles Studio today, it was amazing fun it felt great to have a Squeegee back in my hand, another thing that has been missing for about ten years. I’m really pleased with the results and about im about to spend a few hours internet shopping to get my own kit.
The Design is inspired from some vintage tattoo flash I’ve been experimenting with.
I was on the LCC ‘Love London go Dutch‘ big ride today, in preparation I sewed myself a banner to put on my pannier rack, the results above, I used a cushion size piece of fabric so that after I have washed off the dirt from today I will have a new cushion case!
I’m going to work on my Circle skirt for sew weekly this weekend and I also have a screen printing workshop on sunday, so It should prove to be a productive weekend.
So Despite having a fabulous collection of vintage patterns and fabric for many years, I never done anything with them. If I didn’t already own them it’s the kinda stuff I would spend many hours coveting on Ebay and wishing I had.
All vintage stuff has a history, but the history to these is personal to me as I inherited the fabric and patterns from my Nan. There more of an attachment than some pattern you pick up at your local vintage market. When I open up the packet and it’s already been used I get a funny feeling as I know me and my nan have both made the top be it decades apart. It’s the same with the fabric, there some green felt I was looking at once and my dad told me he used it to line a wooden box he made in high school, when he showed me the box I knew well, it had been setting on the window ledge in my parent house my whole life.
So given the depth of feeling I project onto these objects its made me scared to use them. Once I bit the Bullet and decided I was going to make something from these fabrics. So I started making a corset, A corset I now know as ”The Corset of Doom’ well that wasn’t the best of foray into using my vintage collection. I hit a bump in the road, got scared I had ruined this beautiful irreplaceable fabric and the project languished in my stash for nearly a decade.
So now that I’ve completed my corset of doom I think it high time I made another attempt at my vintage stash. So vintage clothes don’t really lend themselves to the kind of stuff I wear at the weekend, but I could imagine wearing some vintage office attire. One of my fabrics I been too scared to use is the brown and green tweed pictured above. I’m hoping it wont take quite as long as the corset of doom this time.