Omw to Närcon 2015.
I love green, and I love checkers, and I kind of like the Lolita style, when it isn’t too frilly. This skirt ( I suppose you could call it a dress, but I define a dress as something that can be worn alone, and this can’t unless you want to be absolutely scandalous!) is made with polyester fabric imitating plaid. I drafted it myself, partly basing it on a skirt I already had. I cut the fabric to make the squares align on the bias. It is lined with linen for more support at the tight waist and buttons at the front with fabric-covered buttons from an old shirt. The straps tie at the neck.
This is one of the few garments I’ve made over the years that I actually use on an everyday basis and not just special events. It’s pretty but doesn’t make me feel over dressed, and can be worn with many different tops underneath!
Lot’s of skirt!
So much skirt!
My first attempt at more historically accurate medeival garb. I got very inspired when I was studying textile history, and since I go to Medieval Week on Gotland every year, I thought it was time to try my hand at soemthing more historically accurate. I drew inspiration from kirtles of the mid 14th century, much like the in reeanctment circles popular Moy Bog, but with lacing instead of buttons. I drafted it myself based on the structure found in for example the Bocksten Man’s garb: rectangular pieces and triangular gussets. It is made from green homespun and completely hand sewn with waxed linen thread. The cord for the lacing is finger braided with yellow wool yarn.
Underneath, I wear a linen shift (absolutely required because wool can itch close to the skin and because linen is MUCH more washable than wool).
Finger braided cord, aglet and eyelets sewn with silk and reinforced with linen.
Side seam from the outside.
Hem and side seam from the inside.
Piece of fabric turned over once and pleated at the sides for drape. Also some pleats around the neckline.
I finally found fabric in the shade of green I like – not khaki, not caterpillar, not turqoise – just super freaking green! Surprisingly hard to find! This is a pretty standard stretch fabric, so I made a tight bodycon dress. So glad my sewing machine can do overlock stitch. For the pattern, I copied a dress I already had and adjusted the fit around the waist a bit. (I always have to take in any dresses I buy because my torso is so much smaller than my hips.) I also added the draping over the bust. It’s simply a rectangle of fabric that’s turned over once and pleated on both sides. I also made som pleats at the sides and centre of the neckline for more shape. Of all the garments I’ve made, this is definitely the one I’ve used the most. Both fancy and comfy!
Bodycon dress back view.
Bodycon dress front view.