Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fair Friends

Three Amigos!

This picture was taken last Saturday at Bristol Renaissance Fair.   My dear friend Anita is sitting with my husband and myself on the brick wall outside of the Friends of Fair garden at Bristol Renaissance Fair in Wisconsin.  Contrary to our smiles, it was HOT and HUMID and we are all suffering from the heat and dust.  Well, it looks like Mike might not be suffering all that much he does have a cool mug of beer in his hand (not to mention two ladies cuddled up next to him).

For those of you who might be interested I am wearing a pair of bodies or what a modern lady would call her corset.  The corset is boned with steel boning and has a hand made oak busk running up the front of it for support.  Before you ask, yes it is comfortable to wear.  When corsets are correctly fitted they very comfortable and fit almost like a second skin.   Just about everything you see I designed and sewed for our visit to Bristol.  Think the only things I did not sew are Mike's leather vest, pirate boots, my belt, Irish dance gillies and straw hat.  

When last I posted I was off to sew a corset in some lovely red silk my dear sister sent me from India.  Alas, the silk shattered when I attempted to cut and iron the fabric.  My only guess is that that particular piece of silk must have been fairly old for it to have behaved in that manner.   What a loss, the fabric was the most beautiful shade of scarlet red.  

 My heart broke when I realized the silk was not going to work out for my project.  But, being on a short leash I needed to get something together quickly for our upcoming weekend visit to fair.  Out came the fabric stash and a few hours later I had new plaid bloomers with genuine Irish lace trim, a new new pair of bodies and a red plaid skirt to tuck up into my leather belt.  Mike's linen shirt and breeches were sewn by me a few years ago, so he was good to go as they say.  You can almost see the brand new pirate sash I wove for him a few weeks ago draping down near his pewter mug in picture.

All in all we had a splendid time visiting with friends at fair in spite of the terribly hot conditions.  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pirate Sashes

Finally finished weaving the two pirate sashes I have been working on for the last week.  They started life on the loom at 100 inches long and 14 inches wide.  After washing and ironing they are each 97 inches long not including the fringe and just shy of 12 inches wide.  Not a bad ending to a big project.  

Modeled on my dress form with a very old pirate shirt I made for the hubs several years ago I present a ruby red and black pirate sash.

 You will have to imagine the sash tied around the pirate's middle with a sword and several guns peaking out at various places around said pirate's waist.  Mr. Pirate refuses to let me take any pictures of him in his complete outfit so you will have to use your imagination.  With all the sewing and weaving I do for his pirate outfit you would think I get to take a picture of him duded up!  Yes, I know the shirt has not been ironed ... do you know any pirates who iron their shirts?

In this shot you can get a better idea of the overall pattern.   I still think this particular pattern looks like Maltese crosses.  I love to weave with tencel because it behaves well and weaves like butter and I have never had a project I did not like when I have used it.   After wet finishing and ironing both of the sashes drape well making it easy for said pirates to tie them.

All in all not a bad week of weaving.  Next project on the for me to wear to the renaissance fair.  I have some very expensive (meaning I would never buy the fabric for myself) red silk my sister sent from India and some steel boning and a short time to make it all to the sewing machine.  Did I mention I adore draping and sewing my own costumes and period correct clothing?  Time is wasting.....

Happy Weaving!