[Ansteorra-Textiles] New to SCA making little girl outfit

Carolle M. Cox hpockets at verizon.net
Thu Dec 8 10:11:29 PST 2005

Hello, and welcome,
I don't know about 14th century Ireland, but a form of smocking did exist by
the late 15th in Italy.  It's not the same as we do here in 21st Century
USA, as it is done from the back, but it is still there!
Flat felled seams are similar to French seams, but without all the turning
around of the garment while it's under construction!  
1.  Match your fabric edges, then slip one down about 1/4 inch.  Sew this as
you normally would.  
2.  When you have the seam in, fold that wider bit over the smaller bit, lay
it down on the fabric and sew it back down.  You'll end up with a seam and
then a line of sewing right beside it.  
Another way to do it is to do a regular seam, then fold both seam allowances
in half towards each other and stitch them to each other.  This obviates the
second line of sewing, but I'm not sure exactly when that became 'the way to
do it'.  
If you're going for "Period", nix the little apron and put a pinafore on
your little one.  Not a white one, of course, but a simple tabard that goes
over her head and ties under the arms, or a belt.  I think.  I'm not
terribly conversant on when certain things were used in Ireland - but I'm
sure one of our "Irish" list members will correct me!
again, welcome, 
Gerita della Mare
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Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 11:44 AM
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Subject: [Ansteorra-Textiles] New to SCA making little girl outfit

I am new to the SCA am in the Stargate area.
I am starting a dress for my daughter who is 16 mos old (size 2T)
I have a chemise I borrowed to make a pattern from.
I have cut out a simplicity pattern 
That is a bodice with a connected skirt and apron
The bodice is of a jacquard fabric and has a little faux lacing in the front
to look like a real laced bodice
The skirt I cut from a complementing cotton fabric and the apron I cut from
a white eyelet cotton fabric
The little apron I would like to smock however I do not know if this would
be appropriate???
<Note > I have never done any hand sewing or smocking before. I am an
experienced machine seamstress and have only done hems by hand when
absolutely necessary
I have done cross stitch and other crafty kinds of things like crochet
I will probably machine sew the baby’s dress for expediencies sake but I
would like to make it nice by smocking the apron.
My persona is Irish. 14 century 
I have only made a T tunic and am currently hand sewing a simple overdress
for myself which is my first Pattern free attempt.
I have 2 Questions for the list..
1.  Is smocking period and an appropriate detail?
2. How do you make those seams kind of like French seams that I have seen on
hand sewn! chemises and the like?  They keep the fabric from fraying (I
usually just serge) 
Éadaoin an Einigh inghean Roibeirt


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