Everything worked out in the end, so Thomas was nicely dressed at our 16th-century feast in Blo Norton, England! He added some bling from his renfaire days and wore black creepers.
No, I shouldn’t have been cocky about those sleeves — they don’t fit! I sewed rings and lacing in, and Thomas tried the doublet with sleeves on over his fancy puffy black Renaissance shirt. No dice. The sleeves were waaaaay too tight. Phooey. A little too short also, and I didn’t like the way they
I’m 90% done with Thomas’ doublet, heck, his whole 16th-century suit, really. I need to retrieve the lacing strip from my mom and install that, make a flat cap (which I just patterned but can’t test on him because he’s out playing hockey), and oh yeah, hope and pray that the hook-and-eye tape I ordered
But sleeves really are easy, even boy sleeves. Just drafted up the Tudor Tailor sleeves for Thomas’ doublet. Took about 15 minutes and two measurements (bicep and length, both of which were in the ballpark of what the book pattern scaled to, luckily; OK, so that *did* make it easier :-). Muslin took 10 more
Spent yesterday patterning Thomas’ doublet. FAIL. Scaled up the Tudor Tailor version using the very last scraps of my tracing paper. When I could finally try the muslin on the ever-resistant Thomas, omg did it not fit. UGH. Somehow I was able to scale up and resize the pants pattern with no issues, but totally
At least sewing them! There are only 5 pieces in this pattern, how hard can it be? The muslin went together pretty easy — of course, I could draw on the muslin and mark stuff easier than on the nice black wool. Sewed up the legs, both the wool and the linen lining. Go to
In addition to taking apart the bathroom sink to clean it, getting groceries, making coffee for Thomas and giving him an unexpected Valentine’s Day card (as we’ve pretty much sworn off this holiday, being cranky old married people), I *also* patterned and mocked up 16th-century pants for him! Whew. Tired now. I scaled up the
My husband needs a new Elizabethan outfit. He’s been wearing the same great kilt to renfaires since, well, since a million years ago when we first met and worked at renfaires! While this is a good look on him, it would be nice if he had something a bit more formal (not to mention something