The blue silk was from 3-star fabrics in Calgary, but I forget how much it was. It’s not at all slubby – it’s very smooth 🙂
I used the same pattern, and trimmed the dress in black dupioni silk. I know that dupioni is a bit too slubby to be ‘upper class’ – but I didn’t use a lot of it, and I didn’t have any other smooth silk to use (and no inclination to go out and hunt some down…)
In preparation for Avacal’s first Coronation, a small group of ladies decided that since so many of them had green dresses, that it would be nice to all wear them for part of the event. Of course, although I have green fabric for some Viking Age garb, I haven’t actually made it up – and other than a gown that I made in grade 11 (don’t even ask how many years ago that was!) I don’t recall having a single green period dress… (I have a few modern mundane dresses and other costume-kind of dresses in green.. just nothing for period.)
So… once I finished another project I wanted to have done for Coronation, I decided that it would be nice to have a green dress to add to the costume closet as well. I wasn’t super keen on making up the Viking Age garb though, and I wanted something less fitted, constrictive, and frankly time-consuming than re-making the Italian costume I recently did in green.
I recently pulled my sideless surcote (a grey knit with the appearance of wool, with real fur trim – recycled from tattered fur coats) and wore it to a tavern (on another day when I wasn’t feeling like going a’Viking) and decided to knock it off and make it up in a green. I didn’t have the fabric I wanted handy, so went shopping, and found some perfectly lovely fabric.
Not long ago, I was given some fabric that I’d not normally use for myself – polyester double-knit. It’s sturdy, easy to wash, stretches slightly, and has a good drape – but it’s just not my thing. BUT… there was an upcoming call for largess (gifts) that I thought I would make something for.. but what..
I’m personally a big fan of natural fibers, but there are some advantages to synthetics, especially when it comes to a frequent need to wash, especially in hot water. Plus, there are plenty of people who are allergic/sensitive to natural fibers.. so since this isn’t for me, I’m not so worried about the lack of natural fibers. There seems to be lots of use of synthetics in SCA costuming, although it’s frequently shunned by the purists.
Then a friend was posting about bringing her young nieces and nephews to an event, and asking if there was much Gold Key (clothing to loan to people who don’t have their own) and someone said that there was very little for youth.
So, I figured for my largess I’d make some youth clothing!