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

Tricia Dyer dire_tricia at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 8 12:17:23 PST 2005

  When I say new I mean really new....
  I looked up pinafore on the web and that looks basically like what I would call a Jumper in modern sewing or maybe you could suggest a picture example if that’s not right...
  SO help me  a bit more with the layering here
  first the chemise right?
  then the pinafore
  followed by the bodice  or just nix the whole bodice and  use the pinafore as the over dress... or the pinafore goes over the overdress???  kind of like a full apron which would be great for feast wear...  
  so are you confused yet??  :o)
  Also thanks so much for the explanation of a flat felled seam that makes total sense.. and was great explanation
  I will have to go back and trim one side of the seams I have already started on my over dress but I think its worth it for such a clean line as I have seen in other peoples work.
  Thanks again
  I will try to make fighter practice when the weather warms a bit, its difficult to get home to bear creak from work pick up the kids and then go back across town to U of H.  Do you know of anything more in our area??
  We live between Hwy 6 and Barker Cypress near Clay Road 


"Carolle M. Cox" <hpockets at verizon.net> wrote:
      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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From: ansteorra-textiles-bounces+hpockets=verizon.net at ansteorra.org [mailto:ansteorra-textiles-bounces+hpockets=verizon.net at ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Tricia Dyer
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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 ect...
  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) 
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