Hi! I’ve now officially been sick for over a week. Woo. It’s not so awful anymore, thankfully, but I’m still coughing and producing more mucus than a person should be able to, ugh. I got a lot of little things done today, though! I made some nummy food (and took pictures, heh – I might put them up on the blog), refilled the hand soap bottle in the bathroom, and added tags to all my blog posts! You can now find blog posts by topic on the sidebar.
A friend of mine is having a baby in December (so soon!), and I made her her first piece of baby SCA clothes. *grin* It is a little baby tabbard! It’s based on her clan’s (household) crest.
The two sides of the tabbard are identical. I made it entirely from fabric in my stash. As I had very little black left and plentiful red, I lined and bound the edges with red fabric. I marked out crenelations evenly on a piece of paper with a ruler, and then cut them out of the black fabric. The red bottom half I left a little too long. I laid the black crenelated edge over the red fabric, overlapping them a bit, and then used a tight zigzag stitch to sew the black crenelations down onto the red piece. Then I used a tight zigzag with white thread to sew the star down over it, using several pins to hold the points of the star where I wanted them to be. I made the front and back pieces identically and sewed them together at the shoulders. Since this was so small, I figured it would be really annoying to try and turn inside-out, especially through the shoulder region. So I sewed the lining piece to the outside wrong sides together close to the edge, and then bound the edges with bias tape I made from the same red fabric.
I also made inkle woven trim for the ties! Instead of a white star (which would require pick-up weaving and a band that is way too thick for ties, anyway), I bound both edges in white. Not only does this tie in all three colors of the crest, it also meant that I could use a white weft and have it blend with the edges.
If I remember correctly, here’s a pattern for how I warped the trim. The first two rows are your heddled and unheddled rows (the other four are to visualize the pattern on paper). Start in the upper left corner as your first strand (either heddled or unheddled – doesn’t matter as long as you continue to alternate throughout), and then zigzag back and forth across to the right on the first two rows.
This was a really fun and quick project to make! Aren’t baby SCA clothes adorable? ~Kell/Birke