The tool I've used and the results: a bone folder (I've used its back instead of the rounded end of the dowel), the small (~2 cm) steel nail, the tip of the wooden dowel described in the previous post, a square scrap of linoleoum with a simple line based logo carved on it and four square scraps of paper (~2.5 cm sides) that have been embossed with different levels of sharpness; on one of them the non-embossed area has been painted with watercolours.
I've received a piece of vintage lace, of a type that would work nicely on a petticoat ruffle.
While handsewing the linen shirt I'm working on, I've also started to think that the same fabric would also be nice for a petticoat or a petticoat+corset cover combination (and I have enough for it).
But such a garment doesn't call for just a bit of lace at the hem, it calls for some lace on the ruffles, some insertion (and pintucks, dere vill be pintucks), and while of course I have a box of lace of various kinds, I don't have enough for that project.
However, the more I think about it, rather than wanting to look for enough matching lace in the stores, I'm tending towards going for a mix-and-match of looks, joined together by a theme of having some history.
So I'm using some lace that I've been given by different people, and then I want to puppy-eye my mother into doing some crochet lace for me, but then I thought that maybe I should also do some myself.
And thus, yesterday I asked my mother to teach me filet #crochet, I did the bigger square-ish under her guide, and then I've started a sampler band, starting with the simplest pattern to get myself to learn the right tension, and then trying various patterns as I go, until I finish the leftover of crochet lace appropriate yarn I've found in her stash.
I don't have any source on historical people doing something like this, but it's underwear, the silhouette will be correct, and nobody needs to know how it looks (other than the people who will see the pictures here on the fediverse :D )
ETA for the project: maybe a couple of years? Don't hold your collective breaths :D
So, what I tend to do when sewing french seams is not to sew with half the seam allowance, but sew the first seam at a bit less than that and the second seam at a bit more.
And for flat-felled seams, I tend to cut the fabric with double allowance on just one side, and align the other side at one allowance of distance, as in the picture.
It doesn't really change anything, it's not like I can fit more pieces in the same fabric by saving that 6 mm strip, but it helps my OCD :D
I believe it was the norm in old sewing manuals, but I can't be bothered to look for the source right now, sorry
I took a picture of the test I did with the posca pen, ironed, and then thrown in the washing machine:
The blob on top is where I refreshed the paint on the pen, and I forgot to take a picture before washing it, but I believe it didn't wash away.
It's not great for fabric because it definitely has some rigidity that fabric paint avoids, but I think I can confirm it works.
The 1700 petticoat has been finished (pictures in the weekend?), so it's time for the next project: a 1880 gentleman shirt in linen.
The instructions have been written, but the pictures I took while making the first mockup weren't great, so I'm going to take them again with the real thing, and then publish everything.
@FreeSoftWear group #FreeSoftWear
Content warning: sewing, finished apron, ec in the picture
I have been vaguely thinking about making myself a black apron for potentially staining office jobs (*cough* ink), and on friday evening I stumbled on the instructions from Home dressmaking; a complete guide to household sewing by Myers, Annie E and decided it had to be done NOW.
The pattern was adapted quite a bit from the original to best use wide modern fabric, so it's not an accurate reproduction.
Source code for both the apron and the sleeve protectors will be published as soon as I finish writing them and editing the step-by-step pictures.
#sewing #SteamPunk #FreeSoftWear
Now @Diego Roversi has backpack that matches mine!
I believe I started working on this in 2019, did a bit, stopped for a long while, did another bit, stopped a very long while, etc. so getting rid of the WIP (and having the finished object to use) is a very nice feeling.
source code :) at https://sewing-patterns.trueelena.org/accessories/bags/modular_backpack_base/index.html
#FreeSoftWear #sewing #MYOG
This is the current status:
@FiberArts group #knitting #lace
exibit 1: merinos/silk/cashmere, to be worked with something like 4mm needles, a basque beret for my mother¹, who's making a cardigan with the rest of the yarn
¹ my mother's head is the same size as mine. hat -stealing-borrowing *may* happen.
@FiberArts group #knitting
(picture of two round patches, on one there is a screenprinted bull's eye in blue and yellow, the other shows the pin sewn to the back)
By that time I would have *serious* doubts about the colours, really, but they are the #screenPrint paints (dekaprint 2000 in blue and yellow + deckweiß to print it on black fabric) I needed to test, and the alternatives wouldn't have worked :D
also, aligning two colour prints on small scraps of fabric is hard, even if you have a bit of a border on the lighter colour :D
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Foto scattata in una cittadina italiana, con un viale alberato in discesa e in fondo un palazzo a quattro piani con vetrine di negozi al pian terreno e un'altra strada più stretta che prosegue. Poche macchine (soprattutto parcheggiate), qualche pedone e bicicletta.
Picture taken in an italian town, with a tree-lined, downhill wide street; at the end there are a 4-stories building with shops and another street. Few cars (mostly parked), few pedestrians and bikes.
18th century pocket. *tactical*!
(Picture of something shaped line a 18th century pocket, except it's made of blue cordura with alternating red and white 2.5 cm webbing sewn at regular 4 cm intervals, and the front slit is closed by a water repellent zipper.)
(Picture of the back of the same pocket, where the webbing is blue (in a darker hue than the cordura), there is no slit, but two small belt loops sewn in the top seam.)
I know, to make it properly *tactical* it should have been camo instead of brightly coloured, but I have no camo fabric at home (and honestly have no plan to buy any) and this was a spur-of-the-moment thing made with leftovers from my backpack-and-accessories.
#MYOG #sewing #historyBounding
The back of the skirt is gathered in the yoke (but in the picture it can't really be seen, since I'm also wearing my hairs *down*)
Shoes (of which the sole can be seen in the picture) are still very much not historically accurate :D
Content warning: sewing, ec
The skirt is a foundation skirt from a 1892 patternmaking manual in light blue linen/cotton with box pleated ruffles at the hem, made in a walking length (you can see the ankles! and the very modern hiking boots I'm wearing every day with late 1800 inspired clothing :D )
The shirt is a gentleman's shirt from a 1880 book, made in blue cotton with two pleats per side in the front plus the button placket and a handful of errors: I've put one of the three buttons in the wrong position (it should have been midway between the collar and the second button) and the cuffs are too small (and I've put the slit in the wrong position, wooops), so I haven't added buttons yet (and maybe I won't?)
(immagine di waterbrush)
(pictures of a printing screen, with the word “serigrafia” (italian for screen printing) first in green drawing fluid and then as a stencil surrounded by red screen filler, written using the Stay Puft font.)
yeah, it worked, I'm not sure I'll use this technique a lot, since I'm not painting things free hand, anyway, so I can just use the UV sensitive thing anyway.
However, to make things a bit more interesting, I tried to print using two colours in a gradient:
(pictures of 8 strips of paper with the word “serigrafia” first in two stripes, magenta and black, then in a magenta -> black very irregular gradient and in the last few strips it's mostly black with bits of magenta).
The strips of paper will be glued to a cardboard box where I'm keeping my screen printing supplies (that's why I did them in the first place, beside the experimenting bits)
My third attempt to #screenPrint a qr-code was a success! (nothing like correctly inverting the image to allow a phone to recognise the code :D )
(picture of two scraps of fabric, one black, the other one blue, with QR-codes and “get the source” screenprinted in white)
I'm going to keep this screen, because I expect to use it multiple times in the future, to print it on garments and accessories, and/or to make small patches to sew on them, as applicable.
I've also found a good way to keep the screen stable when exposing it to the free UV lamp in the sky :D
(picture of a small cutting board (not really visible) covered in black felt, with a screen, a sheet of tracing paper with a printed design and a sheet of syntetic glass on top, everything kept together with binder clips).
(picture of a pair of pockets in blue with yellow binding and a #screenPrint of white cat silhouettes: on the left two cats are carefully ignoring each other, while on the right a cat is ready to pounce on another one which is stretching, and a third one looks at them from a safe place.)
Done with plastic stencils (made with product packaging) based on clipart found on freesvg.org.
(picture of a wooden frame with fabric nailed on it and a right to repair logo painted in glue)
(picture of some black jeans fabric with the right to repair logo printed in white in a fuzzy and irregular way)
I've washed the screen from the back and I can confirm that the glue part survived: I think I will check it for holes and retouch it a bit the next time I'll use it, but it shouldn't need a lot.
I've tried making a screen with the photoemulsion: even printing the design on tracing paper instead of transparent and using the sun for exposure (instead of a lamp) it worked nicely and printed sharp and precise.
except, I missed the fact that inkscape had not actually inverted all of the design, and thus the QRcode I tried to print was unreadable :(
(picture of a screen for screen printing with green, cured, photoemulsion)
(picture of something that resemble, but isn't, a pair of QRcodes)
At least, I know what went wrong and I can fix it on the next attempt.
I've also found that the kit I've bought doesn't have enough screen cleaning fluid for the number of screens I can do with the available photoemulsion, so I'm waiting a bit until I can get some screens I don't have to reuse (for a few designs that I plan to print multiple times) and more screen cleaning fluid.
(3 small bolts of fabric in light brown, red and almost electric blue, seen from the side)
And I forgot to mention that there may also have been a cut of black lace, probably enough for an overskirt and to decorate a shirtwaist, and I didn't take a picture either (uops).
Art print on quality paper in a suitable mediu… no, really, more like in-joke from an IRC channel, printed on red MÅLA paper in negative with a grainy white area of paint all around it.
Anybody wants the original? only one copy, it's going to sell for a lot of money when I'll become famous :D