Wednesday, June 21, 2006

not knitting, but I made it

This is my sister Debbie's Kentwell costume. I made it last night. (It's a Tudor re-enactment place. Schools go on trips, everyone has to dress up. I've never been to Kentwell, but both my sisters have and I seem to be family costumier).

The bodice took the longest. It's a man's jacket from a charity shop, with the arms and collar taken off and some remodelling. The skirt is a simple drawstring tube, the apron is a square on a long skinny rectangle and the hat is the corner of an old fitted sheet, gathered onto a headband. I didn't make the undershirt, Debs happened to find a shirt with a suitable lacing at the neckline. She also made the hanging pocket and cupstring. It's not exactly authentic (the breast pocket on the bodice gives away its origins) but it's good enough. And it's laced up properly. Apparently, crossed lacing means you're a woman of ill repute. And you wouldn't want that.

5 comments:

Elly said...

Well done. I wondered how you got on. It looks good.

Alice said...

never knew that about crossed lacing. must remember it!

Mary deB said...

Hey, I was at Kentwell today! Is your sister going to work there, perhaps brewing potions from herbs, or making curds and whey?? I went with Arthur's class, and it was school day and there were about a zillion 9-year-olds all over the place. One girl, who was cleaning pots with wood ash, had crossed laces, but I didn't want to say anything!

Pig wot flies said...

She's a teaching assistant and she's going with her class.

Elly said...

th epunting lppked good on Mary Debs page