Monday, April 23, 2012

Elizabethan court suit: the final score

The event has passed and I'm still here to talk about it! I actually survived ;) it was touch and go there at points but in the end it was a success.

Michael looked great! And everyone said so, he was getting compliments left and right. The colors and fabrics were very bright in the direct sun, and the ensemble held up very well to wear. The hat he made turned out gorgeous, it was a style that few others were wearing and it had such a great shape and perch to it :)

There was lots of last minute sewing!! Friday night we were up till 2am working and then got up Saturday morning at 5:30 to finish. (please note the 3 and half hours of sleep) I was still tacking things down in the car and at the fair while getting dressed ;)

Michael and I have already compiled a small list of things to change or do differently with it for next time. I want to shorten the collar on the under shirt so the ruff stands up more and tack the wrist ruffs to the sleeves so they don't slip during the day. I also want to open up the collar and set in a little buckram to hold it up and keep it from getting squished. And Michael requested tie tabs on the doublet and pants to hold everything together, his pants kept trying to slip down, had to stop and safety pin him together at one point ;)

I don't have any pictures to share yet but when they do show up I promise to share!


  1. You crazy girl! I saw one picture of your beautiful face on FB yesterday, but none of Michael. We need pics! ;)

  2. I saw some photos from the reunion and you both looked great! His suit was a triumph, my dear, and I know what exacting standards he has ;-)

    1. Thank you so much!! It was a learning experience to be sure, on both how to sew for the era as well as how to sew for michael :) but I am really happy with how it all turned out in the end.