Slash and Poof and Trim Sunday, Mar 22 2009 

Joe's Red Doublet Stomacher

21 March 2009

This is another of my current projects . . . Joe and Cindy ordered Tudor ensembles. Her outfit is primarily red with gold accents. His is a lovely black and tan brocade (always makes me think beer thoughts!) with red and gold accents. This photo shows the front of his under-doublet, with all its slash and poof and trim. And here’s a detail shot. I think it came out very well. I’ll assemble the doublet on Sunday.

~MB

My cutting table on a typical evening in March Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 

My cutting table on a typical late evening in March

10 March 2009

This amuses me.  I’m on a kick right now, where I look at things and see all that they represent . . . like the kitchen window a few days ago.  Tonight, it was the cutting table in my workshop.  As I thought about calling it a night and heading for the shower and the bed, I looked at my table.  There was so much to take in that a glance didn’t do it.  I decided it was somehow photo-worthy—probably because I’m tired and lacking in good judgement! 😉

On the center of the table is the current project—the stomacher of the underdoublet that Lionel will wear in his wedding ceremony.    I am delighted with the way it is looking—I embellished tonight with diagonal rows of trim and with fleur de lis studs at the intersections.  Tomorrow, I’ll add a whole bunch of beads to each fleur de lis and assemble the garment.  You can see in a little pile just above the doublet front, the little gem sets I’m going to use as the focal bead for each fleur.  My remote control for the television that keeps me company is right there where I last laid it down.  On the far left is a stack of button boxes I had out to look through and choose the buttons that I’ll use on this order.  Behind those is the stack of Lionel’s fabrics and the bolt of the trim I’m using.  There’s a cardboard box which contains a skirt set I need to finish altering for a Pendragon customer.  The New Home sewing machine visible at the top of the photo is the very first sewing machine I ever owned—a gift from my mama and daddy my first Christmas in college.  Twenty-eight years later, I still use it on almost every project . . . it’s the best machine I have for zig zag stitching!  And of course, there are the usual tools of the trade scattered about:  magnetic pin cushion, rotary cutting wheel, scissors, spools of thread and the water bottle in the foreground isn’t for drinking, it’s the water for my iron.  The drinking happens out of that amber-coloured glass bottle in the middle of the table!

~MB

Ribbons in Wait Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

Ribbons in Wait

24 February 2009

One of many similar photos I’ve taken over the last couple of years, of stuff in my workshop. Not very exciting, I know . . . but that’s life right now. I did not even leave the house today . . . until No Frills-thirty this evening, that is. A little trivia, a little food and beer, and then back to work. Ryan’s outfit will be done in a day or two. Then, on to other projects.

~MB

Panes for Sleeves Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

Panes for Sleeves

18 February 2009

These are the finished panes for Ryan’s sleeves. I’m working to get his outfit done this week. No time for more writing today.

~MB

Ready to Make Sleeves Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

Ready to Make Sleeves

16 February 2009

Typically, I save the sleeves for the end of a project.  After all, you can wear a doublet with no sleeves.  Not so much the other way around.  But, in this case, my customer is concerned that there won’t be enough colour in his outfit.  So, I decided to do the colourful sleeves earlier in the process. 

Here you go, Ryan . . . a sneak peak at your sleeves!

~MB

My New Dressing Gown Sunday, Dec 7 2008 

My New Dressing Gown

3 December 2008

Well, I did it.  I took the bones of a project I began for myself at least seven years ago, fleshed it out, solved the problems that had aborted the work on it back then, and finished it enough to wear it!  Yay, me!

So, I have a new dressing gown.  I was hoping to also build a nice dressing gown for Kyle, but by the time I chose the fabric, and washed it and dried it (my dryer is acting funny), and started from scratch on it, so much of my day was behind me, that I’m afraid there won’t be time now to finish it. I am sad and disappointed—I really wanted him to have it.  But, I guess it, like so many other projects, will wait.  Tomorrow, I believe, I’ll have my hands full with errands and packing and such, and I expect I’ll not get much more sewing done before the weekend.

~MB

Beading for Larry Friday, Nov 21 2008 

Beading for Larry

20 November 2008

This was the first night all week, that we didn’t go out for dinner.  Instead, Kyle ate leftover lunch, and I finished off the last of the chicken and dumplings that Donna had sent me home from faire with from Saturday night.  Bless you, Donna!  Yum!

Usually, by the time Kyle gets home, I’m sick and tired of working and of looking at the four walls of our house, and I want to go out.  But, tonight, I was fine with staying in.  I still had some work to finish, and I really didn’t want beer! (I just realized it’s been a margarita-free week–how unusual!)  So, we ate our leftovers and watched a little recorded TV and then I finally finished beading the panes for Larry’s slops.  After two episodes of Chuck and one Big Bang Theory, Kyle was done, and I went back to the workshop for a while.  (It was good I did, ’cause the brownies have returned the missing stomachers, and so I worked on those.)

Sleepiness overtook me at about 2:15, and then . . . I shivered and dozed for an hour and half before finally getting up to get an extra blanket.  It got down into the thirties, and we haven’t succumbed yet, to the need for the heater.  The fall season is so precious and so short in our part of Texas, that we try to milk it for as long as we can.  The heating costs will drive up our electric bill soon enough!

~MB

Bodice-making Bits Wednesday, Nov 12 2008 

Bodice-making Bits

12 November 2008

After a very long bodice-making day, I let it go home with Brittney without taking a photo.  Arrrgh!

So, here on my table, are the remnants of the day—her brown cotton brocade, her golden wool, some ribbon, pins on a magnetic pin cushion, and the remote control for my TV.  Tomorrow I hope to fit in some dog-walking and house-cleaning between the sewing projects.

~MB