This is a departure from my usual pursuits on this blog. Usually I focus on historical doings, but today I had an entirely modern task — though with its roots (that’s a pun, kids) in history.
One year ago, I didn’t truly believe, deep down, that anyone could actually sew. At least, not anyone I knew. Somewhere inside me I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that a normal human being — someone not raised to it from childbirth, and not in high school and college classes pushing technical skills, and not […]
This is technically going to be my second undergarment, though of a different design from the first one I attempted; it will also be my second time using this design, but the first wasn’t an undergarment. So this is my first, my second, or my third iteration of this garment, depending on how you look […]
For several months, I’ve had a project in mind. I wanted to make myself a pair of custom-fit shoes, suitable for a middle-class woman of 14th century Spain, something like those pictured below. This is not that project.
Okay, new shoe review. Happy, pedants? (Usually that would be me, so yes, I’m happy. Plus, the word pedant — while it is derived from the Greek word παιδ meaning child rather than the Latin word ped meaning foot, looks like it is, so it’s a little bit of a linguistic pun.) A couple of weeks ago, I […]
The first thing I sewed, other than a pillow case, was a pair of trousers. The pattern is of three pieces: two identical leg/butt/waist pieces, and a crotch gusset. Even using a sewing machine for the whole thing, that pair of trousers took me almost a month to make, and it’s not even very good. […]