This post follows on from:
- Orange and Green Should Always Be Seen – Saxony Gown
- Update 2: Patterning the Skirt
- Update 3: Various Achievements
- Update 4: Socks and Cauls and Hats, Oh My!
Festival, May Crown, Rowany Baronial Changeover and saving funds (the materials are expensive) to obtain materials to continue this project have delayed me for the past month. But, progress has been made in the following items:
- Couching finished (10 hours of couching is visible in the photo below – I’ll estimate the rest of the couching once I’ve unwound it from the frame… after the beading, that is).
- Awaiting pearls to do next step (bead every second junction with 4 pearls and 1 garnet, all 3mm in size)
- Used the first draft of the hat pattern in update 4 to draft the second and final draft of the hat pattern
- Cut out and wired the 4 brim pieces
- I used the template to cut out the crown pieces from orange silk velvet and a linen canvas inter-lining. I then hand stitched the pieces together. The silk velvet is quite stretchy and extremely difficult to use, so far.
- Next steps: carefully iron the seams so they sit nicer, cut out lining (silk) and line the crown.
- Made a pattern with Mathilde and Rowan
- Planned how to do the slashing. Will need four layers; outer orange silk brocade, thick lining and edging lining (probably a black or gold colour?), background layer (green velvet) and lining.
- Mathilde and Rowan fitted a pattern on me (two drafts).
- Pattern based on Rowan’s dresses and then Rowan and Mathilde adjusted on me to look like the portraits.
- 4 strings of 3mm pearls (approximately 640 pearls in total) from rings-things.
- 1 gram of 3mm, gold-gilt spangles from Hedgehog Handworks.
- 16 medium black ostrich feathers (30-50cm) from Photios Brothers.
Other posts about this project: