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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Houppelande

 
Today i have been stash busting without doing any quilting . I have made a houppelande - which is a dress from the 15 century. Cant claim that it is the most slimming style and obviously I have not yet worked out a hat or my hair....

But i used over 10 m of fabric and the "fur trims" are wadding scraps.

I used the patterns on http://lochac.sca.org/collegium/notes/Houppelands%20Article%20by%20Lorix.pdf




Answers to questions:
The greatest difficulty was the sheer amount of fabric in one garment. The body of the gown is a circle which hangs from the shoulders. (see link for pattern). The sleeves are just over-sized sleeves with a cuff of fur at the end. A slit in the front side to allow you to use your hands without the sleeve dragging in everything. The amount of sewing is minimal - except the enormous hem...... I am still debating a "fur" trim on that - I do have enough wadding scarps.

3 comments:

  1. I think you look lovely in your dress! Was it difficult to make? Or was the greatest difficulty in handling so much fabric in one garment?

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  2. The greatest difficulty was the sheer amount of fabric in one garment. The body of the gown is a circle which hangs from the shoulders. (see link for pattern). The sleeves are just over-sized sleeves with a cuff of fur at the end. A slit in the front side to allow you to use your hands without the sleeve dragging in everything. The amount of sewing is minimal - except the enormous hem...... I am still debating a "fur" trim on that - i do have enough wadding scarps.

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