Tudor Frock part 1
My tudor dress for work – which has to be posh – is looking somewhat the worse for wear and I really need to replace it. I’m hoping that if I get it done quickly I can have a day playing with my button coat (work trumps fun, alas), but so far am not working very fast.
I’m starting with a new farthingale. Mainly this is because I really, really hate making farthingales. But my old one is quite quite dead. In fact it’s so dead that for the last few weeks I’ve had to cobble together two old farthingales to make a kind of frankenstien of farthingales, which was, quite frankly, a bit embarassing.
I started about a month ago, using a heavy linen lining and some peach coloured silk taffeta, and my efforts lasted about an hour cos I cut it out, realised I didn’t have enough taffeta, and sulked about it for a month.
Oh, you can call it “taking a step back to reconsider the design process” all you like, but we all know its really sulking. might as well be honest.
So I had no choice but to make the extra panel from some bronze from my stash.
Honestly, I have no idea why either of these taffetas is in my stash in the first place, other than the fact that I am physically incapable of not buying silk if its cheap enough, so I can therefore conclude that both of these must have cost less than £5 a metre, otherwise they wouldn’t be there – especially since I don’t much like peach and am not generally attracted to browns, even nice ones.
Sigh – I’ll make sure the motley goes towards the back. Hopefully no one will notice. I don’t really tend to flash my underwear more than is strictly necessary.
I folded the hem out because if it comes into contact with the floor at any point the silk will wear far worse than the linen, especially this linen, which is marginally tougher than old boots.
The boning channels are velvet ribbon. I could have used some of the silk velvet from my stash, but didn’t really fancy messing around making strips and folding them under (did I mention I hate making farthingales?) so I compromised and used ribbon.
I now have one flat farthingale. Hopefully john will be able to spare and evening to help me rivet the steels together. I did look into farthingale connectors, but they looked too flimsy to me, so I discussed it with John and we’re going to rivet them encase the join in leather. I’m sure the commercially available connectors work just fine for occaisional use, but I’m going to be wearing this thing two or three times a week and I expect it to last for at least four or five years, so double rivets seem a better option to me.
tomorrow, kirtle, after I’ve had some easter eggy.