merchant schmerchant and a kirtle
- I just finished my first kirtle. I got the pattern
from Rocking Horse Farms. I tried to order it from
honesttomssutlery.com but aside from unsecure online
ordering (which I did anyways to save a buck or two)
he apparently never got my order though I was sent a
confirmation page. Rocking Horse Farms doesn't get my
vote of confidence either. Aside from their sizing
being off, their pattern was incredibly ambiguous,
having left out several steps. The kirtle doesn't fit
my customer in the bust at all (which is the
measurement I went by primarily!!!). I went against
my better judgement by not fitting the lining on her
first and sewed the whole damn thing so now I have to
undo it...but thankfully I have till Samhain and she
is nice so I have a short few moments to breathe
before we move.
The kirtle is gorgeous though, made of a very very
soft twill knit linen in a soft ivory. She chose a
small bit of gold and black Byzantine/Celtic looking
knotwork ribbon for the neckline, and hand-embroidered
eyelet holes for lacing up the back. I have enough of
the linen left to make something for myself, too!!!
All in all, when it's done finally, it will be worth
the hassle because it is just so beautiful. It will
be one of the first pics up on my site this autumn.
She gave me a nice little hand beaded bottle of
citrine for Vanilla Faery Designs the business
endeavor, which certainly made up for the customer who
cancelled because we have difference in political
views. At least he let me keep the materials, and I
am blatantly going to snub his snub of me by making a
robe just like he wanted me to make for him and sell
it in a local metaphysical store.
I also got to sponsor our local Dreamer's Ball, an
annual event in our Pagan community where we dress as
our fantasies and dance the night away. I was unable
to make it this year, but I did get our prizes (a gift
certificate and chainmail bracelet) there. My winner
already ordered a loincloth.
Anyways...I know I have been really really quiet
lately and with moving a dying friend in with us and
medical adventures (I get a tooth pulled and bridge,
dh gets el snipped, and ds breaks his arm) and getting
ready to move again, you can see why. Winter is
coming, though, so I'll be chatty before you know it.
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