Well, I have learned a few things since my last update. I have washed my "practice" kirtle and I now realize that only using 2 strands of linen thread is not going to work. Several of my blanket stitches have come apart due to stress. I can now see why the thicker linen thread (80/3) is a much better option. I just wish they had more color choices! I think the 3 strands will be fine for the embroidery thread...that gets twice the use out of the length at least.
So obviously I will be going ahead with my real kirtle now, and use the herringbone wool I had originally planned on. I am just not sure how meticulous I need to be pattern wise. for the arms & side gores, should they be exact? I'm not sure I have enough fabric to make everything exact. With herringbone is it that noticeable? I guess once I get to cutting I will figure it out in a hurry lol!
I am still holding off on my braes & hose as those are going to be a bear. I am doing the wrap around braes, not the preformed leg pattern and I am having a hard time finding a pattern reference for those. And I just haven't had time to make the pattern for the hose yet. But I will!
The last two items, the leather garters and the phrygian cap should be fairly easy. Although I am still working out how much of a "smurf bump" I want on the top lol. Once I get that down I am going to most likely make a couple for gifts as well.
I took a little time off from the ACC to do gift #2 which was a linen tunic for Brynjolfr, the Queen's Champion. He stepped up and took on autocratting Ely's Knighting when it had to be postponed and I knew he didn't have much garb wise. Of course without measurements (because it was a surprise) I made it a bit too large, so I am going to have to rip some seams & cut it down a bit. Luckily he will be at Solstice and I can gift it to him then! He at least got to see what I was doing and I got to see just how too long I'd made it.
I can not judge clothing size any more! I used to be able to look at something, know it would fit and it be perfect. Now, I can't judge for crap. Not for me, not for Greg not for anyone...it SUCKS!!!
I am headed upstairs to try and cut my kirtle out...pray for my soul!