Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hemd, in miniature continued...

Rather than clog my research blog with my 'learning how to actually sew', I've started another blog for the sewing process. For those of you that need a little more help than the strict research provides, you're more than welcome to check out my Trials (& Tribulations) of a Non-Seamstress blog.


Michael said...

I'm just now beginning my voyage into Landsknecht garb. I'm going to an event in roughly three weeks (GULF WARS!) and I'm hoping to get some kind of outfit put together. Do you have any tips, suggestions, or insights for a beginner?

Khaentlahn said...

Caveat: I'm terrible at advice, tho that doesn't mean I don't give it occassionally. :D

Patience mostly. I'm more or less a beginner myself and I'm working on actually putting together my husband's first set. Sewing and I aren't the best of friends and I procrastinate with the best of them, I'm afraid.

I did have an idea the other day to take a suit vest that belongs to my husband, one that fits well, and use it as a basis for his doublet. I haven't put it into practice yet, but it seems logical to use something that I know fits him and pin what I want to fit him to it (if that makes sense :D). We're taking tailor's chalk and drawing on it where important points are, things like that. We're also going to test using scrubs for the leggings... Pin them how we want the leggings to fit and going from there.

I have finished the test shirt I made for him (have to post it). I'm going to use the test shirt as the basis for the linen version I want to make. There are minor things that need to be changed in how it fits, but not in the construction technique, that pattern worked quite well (if that helps :D).

At any rate, if you already know how to sew, you're a step ahead of the game! If you're "really" beginning, start with cotton, it's cheaper. You can always adjust the period fabrics to more exacting standards later.

Oh, and have fun with it! :D