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21 February 2011 @ 10:00 pm
Thing-a-Day  
Thing-a-Day is chugging along, but with a lot more multi-day things than usual...

Day 15
More Christmas gift bags.

Day 16
More work on the chemise and work on TaD project prep.

Day 17
Converted the pattern on Page 71 of Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4 into a pattern to fit a specific person. The shirt is to be somewhat smaller, the wrists and neck to be somewhat larger and the shirt to be mid-thigh length instead of mid-calf length. Cut out fabric for said shirt.

Day 18
Worked on the shirt - 13 hours or so in the car, approximately six of which were spent working on the shirt.

Day 19
Worked on the shirt - attended Une Fete, where I worked on the shirt in between watching bouts, peddling linen, teaching Eithni's Magic Veil Stitch, geeking, and otherwise making a nuisance of myself.

Day 20
Worked on the shirt - about 12 hours in the car, approximately four of which were spent working on the shirt.

Day 21
Finished the shirt! Yay! all hand-sewn, all linen... It just needs to be pressed!



One thing I learned while working on this project - the original was torn down the front and mended. To avoid that sort of tear, there were reinforcing patches on the side slits. I had intended to do the same at the cuffs and the neckline, but decided to peruse PoF4 to see what the authentic solution would be. Voila! They used "worked bars" - I took the example off of a Swedish shirt - plain bars at the wrists and a snowflake bar at the neckline. Since this mock up is for a Nordskogenite, I figured it was appropriate, though I might make future ones with four arms to be a Northshield Star.  (Left Below - illustration from PoF4, page 26, Right Below - my little snowflake bar)

 
 
Current Mood: productiveproductive
 
 
 
Kareinakareina on February 22nd, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
What are you working the snowflakes with? Is that top bar all thread, or do you have some fabric in there?
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on February 22nd, 2011 07:02 am (UTC)
It's all just thread. You take 3-4 stitches across the void, then secure them with figure 8 stitches. The snowflake part is made up of two twisted threads - I did it by passing the first thread along the intended path, then twisting the second thread around the first on the way back. I'm not sure that's right, but the effect looks right.
Albredaalbreda on February 22nd, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
If you look up Hardanger embroidery, you'll find lots of ways to make those bars and stars.

Great idea, regardless!

BTW, I have never seen a freaking long drive to a weekend event look so tempting. ;)
Evil Imperial Barbariancarrot_khan on February 22nd, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Conceptually I understand the work bar/snowflake, but need to see it done so I can set it firmly in my brain. When are you teaching a class on it? ;)
eithni: embroideryeithni on February 28th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
I put up a tutorial as one of my recent Things. :)
mightyjessemightyjesse on February 22nd, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
Nice!
grnjenny / Jennifer Carlsongrnjenny on February 25th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! Cool. That's something even I could pull off. Thanks for the pics, btw - I don't think I would have understood the concept without it.