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Sylvie
12 January 2015 @ 11:06 pm

1. Work/Programming
New year new project. At the end of last year we realized that a bit of software we hadn’t tried to use since JUNE had died. It turns out that Google deprecated the API that bit of software used. I didn’t write the software, I just inheirited it. That said.. it came to me as a compiled stand alone Java app and the source code was no where to be found. So now it’s a new year.. and the thing (which we haven’t used for 6 months) is irreparably broken and lucky me, I get to re-write it from scratch.

Fun. ….

2. Home/Erik
We made it through the holidays. I love visiting family but I was equally relieved to get home. We’re now adjusting Erik back to his “normal” schedule. It’s working for the most part but he seems to be resisting his afternoon nap. This is to be expected as the baby websites say that he’s on scheduled to cut back to as single nap per day. It’s bad in that I had been looking forward to this 3 o’clock time to get things done. I guess we’ll adjust.

The house is currently a little bit more cluttered than I’d like. I need to figure out how to straighten/organize the house while Erik is trailing after me since I’m not allowed to leave his presence.

His new phase is very clingy to mommy. If I walk away from him, even just across the room, he starts crying. God forbid I actually leave the room. This is .. trying.

Our move has been delayed until the first week of March. I haven’t started packing yet.. but I will soon.

3. Health
For Christmas I got Fearghus a Jawbone UP24 health fitness band. Unfortunately all they had was size Medium. I got the band anyway since I wanted to have something under the tree for him but offered when he opened it that we could exchange it for a Large. Rather than doing that he re-gifted it to me and I ended up wearing the band for about 3 days. It does step and sleep tracking. It’s very interesting and (at least in the 3 days I used it) inspirational.

While looking to order a Large for Fearghus we found out that Jawbone had announce a new bigger better tracker, the Jawbone Up3. This had constant heart rate tracking as well as a couple of other neat features. Fearghus and I decided that we’d order the new UP3 for him and that we’d return the Up24 I was using and order and UP3 for me as well. Except for one minor wrinkle. It turns out the Up3 has had some delays in shipping and won’t actually be available until March. So at this point we’re waiting with the intention of having spiffy new health trackers “soon”.

In the meantime I end 2014 down 25 lbs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. I’ll take it. Now that we’re home we’re knucking down on “healthy eating” and hope to see additional losses soon.

4. SCA/Projects
erik_waffe-e1420656460379I posted blog entries about Coenwulf’s Waffenrock and Erik’s Waffenrock. I’m very proud of how all these outfits came out.

Lately I’ve found myself fascinated with a bit of headgear: the black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup. I blame Tullia. Digging into this it looks like the headgear was popular from 1488-1503 in northern France and the Netherlands. That’s a splendidly narrow slice of history.

Since I can’t very well run around in a headgear and nothing else (despite what some of the bathing pictures imply) I’ll be working on a dress to go with the black velvet cap as well. Happily I’m enchanted with the late 15th century French styles and should be able to use a waisted kirtle as an under-dress to one of the lovely overdresses shown. I’m currently at the LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES phase of research. Pictures gathering on this Pinterest board: Late 15th century upper class France/Netherlands

Sadly my todo list has a bunch of other non-15th century things on them that need to get completed first. Actually scratch that. I think I will be interleeving my have-tos with my OMG-IT’S-SO-SPLENDID sparkly projects. I’m tired of putting off what I want to do just because there’s a ton of have-tos in the way.

Project list:
WANT-TO
1. Lengsberg bra-dress
2. new Kirtle pattern
3. black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup
4. lined 1488-1503 overdress

HAVE-TOS
1. Add eyelets to Patsy dress
2. Black tunic for Romelo
3. Fix pleat on Erik Waffe
4. Eyelet on the front of F black pants
5. Button on right sleeve of blue dress
6. Fix sleeves on F hemd
7. Fix collar on my German shirt.

5.
West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming. You should register and go.
When: February 13 – 15, 2015
Where: Camp Bothin (3125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930) beds available in dorms bring your own bedding (it’s like the foodiest ever sleep over)
What: A weekend of medieval food groking with folks whose eyes won’t glaze over when you wax rhapsodic about wild grown bread yeasts or specific strains of sheep use in Norse cooking.
Why: Because medieval food is tasty.

I need to remember to pack:
dish for Friday potluck
bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow)
feast gear (cloth, plate, cup, silverware)
apron
knives and cutting board
notebook and pen

Future:
Jan 24: Cynaguan Investiture, Woodland CA
Feb 13-15: West Coast Culinary Symposium, Fairfax CA
Feb 21: Northern Wolf Newcomers and Prize Tournies, Santa Rosa CA
March 1-7: Tentative move date.
March 27-29: March Crown, Woodland CA
April 3-5: Mists Coronet, Tres Pinos CA


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Lengberg_bra_600_years_570I’m faced once again with shrinking out of my fitted kirtle (I know, rough problem to have). This means I again need to re-fit my bodice pattern and make new clothes. I hate that. I mean I have three workable if slightly big dresses which I would like to continue to wear and making all new clothes is a pain.

After thrashing about this for a while and reading a few threads in the Age of the Cotehardie Facebook group I’ve decided instead to make a Lendberg bra dress. That way the .. ahem heavy lifting will be handled by an under garment and I can continue to wear the dresses I have for a while longer. That said.. I recognize that I’m trying to recreate late 15th century French fashions.. and the bras are German/Austrian/Bohemian. I’m fundamentally ok with that. Honestly I’m just looking for something to extend the life of my current dresses while I’m shrinking out of them… though I may be tempted to use this as a support layer going forward.

Since I don’t have another costumer readily available to help with a fitting I’m instead going to ask my husband to help me make a duct tape pattern. It feels like cheating but I think that will be a nice quick way to get a mostly accurate form to help make the pattern.

The plan:
– (done) Have my husband duct tape me into the shape I want the garment to hold me in (Jan 8, 2015)
– use this duct tape dummy to make a prototype of the bra portion only (iteration 1)
– try this out to confirm the pattern works for me
– add a skirt and sleeves onto the bra portion and use this in place of my current chemise(iteration 2).
– Fit a new kirtle pattern over the new bra-dress.

Progress

Back Right
Back Right
Right breast cup
Right breast cup
Front Right
Front Right

On Thursday 1/8/2015 my husband taped me up with duct tape to get a somewhat reasonable proximity of my body shape. I kicked around the idea of turning this into an actual dress dummy and using it for fittings but discarded the idea mostly because I don’t have the space for a dress dummy and because the duct tape was a lot more squishy than I’d like for a dress dummy. I may consider it again in the future.

Regardless, while contemplating fitting the bra-dress the squishiness of the duct tape pattern really bugged me. Finally I decided I’d cut the duct tape into pieces and do my best to flatten those into pattern pieces. This seems to be working relatively well. The back piece and the breast cup came out pretty well. The front piece looks like I’ll have to spend quite a while monkeying with the pattern to get it exactly right.

Sources:
Das Eyneforum http://www.eyneburg.eu/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4695
Medieval Silkwork: Supportive underwear # visual sources
Medieval Silkwork: Supportive underwear # written sources

Other Recreations:
Good Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/modehistorique/lengberg-underwear-links/
Katafalk: https://katafalk.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/lengberg-castle-brassiere/
By My Measure: Breastbags and Kerchiefs: http://wp.bymymeasure.com/958/breastbagsandkerchiefs

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07 January 2015 @ 11:59 am

erik_waffePlanning began December 9, 2014.
Outfit first worn January 3, 2015.

Summary

While working on the outfits for Coenwulf, Katla and Kolskegg I was repeatedly struck by how very cute it would be if I dressed my son, Erik (13 months), in a waffenrock. Especially if he were walking. As fate would have it, Erik started walking about 3 days after his first birthday November 19, 2014. As soon as that happened I knew that I would have to make him a waffenrock that matched his daddy’s waffenrock for 12th night.

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Sylvie
05 January 2015 @ 02:01 pm
West Kingdom 12th Night 2015.  Front view.

West Kingdom 12th Night 2015. Front view.

Planning began December 2012.
Oufit finished November 22, 2014.

Summary

A while ago Coenwulf traded me a Kitchen Aid mixer for a waffenrock. For many different valid and invalid reasons this has taken a lot longer than expected. Many thanks to Coenwulf for his patience.

The body of the waffenrock will be modeled after the “Hauptman” image using black wool with burgandy speckles for the base and burgundy and gold brocade for the guards. The “noodly appendages” will be modeled after the waffe sleeves in the second inspiration picture. The fake-wam sleeves will be simple fitted sleeves made of a black and orange zig-zag fabric. A second set of undersleeves will be made up in another shocking loud orange fabric.

Normally, in period, there would be wams (a fitted doublet), shirt and hosen worn under the waffenrock. Because we live in California we decided to fake the wams by adding removable undersleeves. The faked-wams-sleeves will tie unto the waffenrock at the armseye hidden by the waffenrock sleeves.

I’m annoyed as heck that on the day that he first wore the outfit I totally forgot to get any pictures. Luckily he agreed to pose for pictures at 12th night(January 2015).

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16 December 2014 @ 12:27 am

Yeah, still alive.

1. Work/Programming
Work is doing that end-of-year winding down. In fact I am on vacation from this coming Thursday until next year. So there’s really not much going on. I have one project on my list.. but that won’t really get going until next year. In the meantime I’m a documentation demon. Nothing fills time so fully as trying to describe how to fix something where the answer is usually “Call Monica and have her fix it”

2. Home/Erik
erik_1yrErik is now a little over a year old. Just after his first birthday he started walking. Lately he’s started responding to commands “Bring me your shoes”, “Go get daddy”, “Get the kitty”. It’s absolutely amazing.

At night he’s still sleeping in his crib in our room. We had planned to move him out to his own room but it looks like we’re going to be moving in mid-February so we decided to use the “spare” room to store boxes of stuff for the move and to move him out to his own room in the new house.

The house we’re moving to is directly across the street from the house we’re currently in. It has one more bedroom, a formal dining room, livingroom as well as family room and the kitchen is just about twice the size of our current kitchen. The owners are asking for $200 more per month than we’re currently paying. It has more space than our current place and we decided to go for it.

Since the move is only across the street the temptation is to say it will be an easy move, but I think it will only be an easy move if we do all our prep work way in advance. So as soon as we get back from Christmas we’re going to start packing things away.

3. Health
weight122014Lately I’ve been flirting with 285 lbs. In fact I’ve hit and passed it a few times but then something (banana bread, dinner out, dessert, etc) makes me bounce back up. Regardless that puts me at about 25 lbs lost this year. Any amount lost per year is better than gained year-over-year. This puts me back in the range of weight I was in in mid-2012 after my bout with the CrazyStupidDiet. I’ll see what I can do to push this back to 2011 ranges next year.

All of my German dresses are too big. The green and yellow one is annoyingly sloppy to wear. The Blue one is okay but I need to wear a bra under it.. and that just annoys me. My cotehardies are still supportive.. but I have a feeling I need to pattern myself for a new bodice in the not-too-distant future. I suppose it’s a rough problem to have.

In my experience everytime I pattern myself for a new bodice and sew a new dress I lose 20-30 lbs. Maybe I need to make new clothes.. just to spur on the weight loss.

4. SCA/Projects
I finished Katla’s Ärmelrock (sleeved dress), Kolskegg’s Outfit and Bob’s Waffe for Mists Fall Investiture (11/22/2014) Unfortunately I completely neglected to get pictures of Bob’s Waffe so I haven’t yet published the article about it. I hope to get pictures of him at 12th Night.

I think I have a little bit of sewing burn out. After I finally finished all three outfits I took about two weeks off when I didn’t sew anything. I’ve also found the progress on a sewing project is much much slower with Erik around. I just don’t have 5 hour blocks when I can concentrate on nothing but sewing. That said, I still have a project list.

I’m now working on a Waffenrock for Erik for 12th night (OMG BABY GARB IS TO DIE FOR).baby_waffe
Project list:
1. Erik’s Waffenrock. Need to attach the sleeves and skirt.
2. Fix cuffs on Fearghus’ German shirt.
3. Fix collar on my German shirt.

5.
Despite wanting to “bake all the things” and express my Christmas Spirit. I have actually baked nearly nothing this year. Baking all the things leads to eating all the things. Eating all the things leads to gaining all the weight back. Meh.

We’re kind of at the lull. This is the last year we can “meh” our way through the holidays. Next year.. and every year after that we will be responsible for growing the happy glow of the Holidays in Erik. This year everything (regardless of how mundane) makes his eyes glint with wonder.

Future:
Dec 18-Dec 31: In Montana visiting family
Jan 2-3: 12th Night, Sacramento CA
Jan 24: Cynaguan Investiture, Woodland CA
Feb 8: Tentative move date.


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23 November 2014 @ 10:48 am

Kolskegg and Katla at their stepping-down.

Kolskegg and Katla at their stepping-down.

Work began August 2014.
Outfits first worn November 22, 2014.

Summary

Kolskegg and Katla, the current Prince and Princess of the Mists, asked me to do their stepping down outfits. My work for her outfit consists of an Ärmelrock (sleeved dress).

The dress will be green wool with black wool slashed guards with white linen showing in the slashes. The bodice will be lined in black linen.

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23 November 2014 @ 10:45 am

Kolskegg at court.

Kolskegg at court.

Work began August 2014.
Outfits first worn November 22, 2014.

Summary

Kolskegg and Katla, the current Prince and Princess of the Mists, asked me to do their stepping down outfits. My work for his outfit consists of a high collared hemd (white linen), knee length hosen (orange linen), waffenrock (black wool with green wool guards), and fancy fake-wam sleeves (strappy sleeves made of black and green wool).

The waffenrock, hemd and hosen will be modeled after the “Hauptman” image using black wool for the base and green wool for the guards. The fancy-fake-wam sleeves will be modeled after the sleeves shown in “Bartl zalt micht vil”. These will be black and green wool straps.

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02 October 2014 @ 11:05 am
My stash organization

My stash organization

I use 4×6 cards to track my fabric stash. Each card corresponds to one hank of fabric and allows me to see if I have enough fabric for a project without having to actually pull the fabric out. I record the fiber content, weight, color, yardage and (if I remember) how much I paid for it originally. I also staple a fabric sample to the card. As I use fabric I update the yardage to the new measurements. If I use all of a fabric then I throw away the card.

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02 October 2014 @ 10:55 am

clever_stitching Clever hack to keep your stitches even.

By making 2 marks on the side of your thumb, and moving your thumb along as you work, you have a built in gauge for exact stitch length, without marking up your fabric.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT MY THUMB NOR MY IDEA. I’ve tried to find the original source to no avail. I truly would like to give credit where credit is due, but falling short of that I’ll happily share a truly clever idea.

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10 September 2014 @ 11:04 am


The Nederfrederiksmose Man (also known as Kraglund Man or Frederiksdal Man) was found May 25th 1898 in Fattiggårdens mose near the village Kragelund, north west of Silkeborg, Denmark (also approximately 15 miles south of Viborg, Denmark).

The man wore a kirtle of coarse woolen cloth, the legs were bare but on his feet he had short leather boots, laced over the instep. The boots are not preserved. Because of the boots, the find was originally dated to the 12th or 13th Century. Porl Grinder-Hansen, curator Danish Middle Ages and Renaissance, Nat. Mus. of Denmark had this carbon14 dated in 1998 by the AMS-laboratory in Århus, Jutland, using the accelerator technique and calibrated according to Stuiver and Pearson 1993. It was dated to c.1040-1155.

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