Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Between moving, caring for injured and elderly parents, and other things life has thrown at me, I haven't been here in quite a while. But now I'm back, and I thought I'd share some of my current projects. I'll just do a quick list here, and make more detailed posts as they come along.

First, I'm creating a custom pattern for my friend Laura, who is making the Eleanora of Toledo dress. She's blogging about it here: https://theeleonoraproject.wordpress.com/ and you can see some of the pattern pieces I've created there.

I'm making myself a Tudor kirtle, in a dusty lavender linen. I want to start going to more SCA events, and currently my costume wardrobe tends toward the sumptuous and less than comfortable. I need something cool and comfortable, because I can't take heat well.

My son has just been cast in a school play as the ghost of Richard Burbage, one of Shakespeare's actors, and he needs a costume. I don't have a final design for it yet, but I've started making thread wrapped buttons for it.

And finally, I'm working on an Italian Lady's wardrobe pattern, or possibly two, if I can't make both Venetian and Florentine play nicely together. As part of my warming up exercise for the project, I'm making a Venetian ladder laced gown. I'm making it in white brocade, so it will be sold as a historical costume that can also serve as a wedding dress. Yes, I know brides in the period didn't necessarily wear white, but most modern brides still want to.

So that should keep me busy for a while!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Your work on this project has been just immensely helpful. I can't wait to really start on it now that I am done with Con!

  2. I am eagerly awaiting the Italian Lady's Wardrobe. My Italian persona needs some great garb! I love your patterns, they're wonderful, and the news of an Italian pattern has rocketed me to the moon.