Re: [SCA-JML] Stealth warmth - my successful experiment with polarfleece
- We have a lady here that makes these coats that look quite Mongolian out of flees on the inside and a jean materiel or heavy cotton on the outside. any one who see one wants one. she then puts three to four rows of trim going from top to bottom to hide the extra seems it makes it look very eastern.
there called Daphne coats cause her name is Daphne of Colchester. if you want i can get her to send you the dimensions and layout for it. And we live down here on the gulf coast =) giggle and it do get cold.
May the joy of your past be the worst of your tomorrows!!!
Jeanel Walker aka Eilionora "Takaatsu" of Kisimull
--- On Wed, 4/14/10, ErinK <tupan4@...> wrote:
From: ErinK <tupan4@...>
Subject: [SCA-JML] Stealth warmth - my successful experiment with polarfleece
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 11:05 AM
Been meaning to post about this for a while....
Most events I go to are pretty warm - even excessively warm - but this year's Gulf Wars was fairly chilly (especially at night) and it was my first time needing warm Japanese garb.
Rather than make a quilted garment or special coat, I made a "stealth warmth" layer that I wore under my other clothes for insulation. I found some polarfleece on sale (for like $5/yard!) and bought 1 yard of navy blue. I turned this into a minimal kosode 36" long (mid-thigh on me) using four panels about 10" wide and no "overlap" panels. I made the sleeves quite narrow.
It worked great! I was toasty warm and still looked like I was wearing normal Japanese clothes. I wore it next to my skin or as a second layer. It didn't show, though if it had peeked out between collars it would have looked okay.
If I was doing it over, I would probably buy more than 1 yard of fabric. It worked out with 1 yard of 60" fabric for me, but I would have liked to have more options for how I laid it out.
Sewing the fleece was surprisingly easy. It did generate a lot of dust, and you want to make sure you get the tension right, but my machine figured it out and had no problems. A bonus with fleece is that you don't have to finish the edges! So it was really quick to sew once I figured out the pattern.
So if you have a cold event coming up and need a quick warm layer, I highly recommend this approach!
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