Spring Stitches Saturday, Apr 19 2014 

Today I got together for a sewalong with a fellow local costumer and KC Renfest musician. We met in person last year on a rainy Fair morning.


We are coaching each other through this, Tudor Tailor’s English Fitted Gown:

Raven has some gorgeous black wool flannel for hers; mine will be “mallard green” velvet. We have four whole months to do this, and it’s only four pattern pieces (not counting the sleeves), so we should be able to manage it! We are inspired by some stellar versions made by friends, like Centuries Sewing and Silverstah (Laura’s was the first I’d seen that was A COLOR!).

Her mom volunteered her spacious, tidy, sunny, quilt studio as a workspace—and I am totally sold on the idea of a cutting table. Now… where to put it? Do I really need a sofa? (Because the books aren’t moving.) I hardly use my stove…

To say thanks to Sandy for hosting us, I stitched her up a little biscornu pincushion from stash! This is Matrioshka’s Frozen January freebie stitched on what appears to be platinum (or very light blue) Jobelan, with Ozark Sampler’s hand-dyed floss in Lantana. The flower button came from my vintage button jar. It’s fitting that all these bits and bobs ended up this way, as the fabric and floss were all gifts from other stitchers. I’m happy a quilter will get to enjoy them now!




And a peek at the finished stitchery, because the button covers up a bit of it:


Ok, now I suppose I should dive into that English fitted gown mockup….


Recent Site Updates: Lots of New Content! Monday, Apr 14 2014 

Hello, readers! It has come to my attention, first, that there actually ARE readers of this dress diary (Kate), and that I have been updating it in such a way that subscribers have no idea that I’m doing so! I have been adding new PAGES, instead of new POSTS, and those don’t appear in your readers, alas! So here is everything you may have missed since my last POST in, um, 2012ish.

Lots of pinning—no, this pinning! Come see me on Pinterest!

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Wagner’s Valkyries cosplay

 My (re)new(ed) obsession with Early Netherlandish gowns


An obnoxious Saxon hat (details to come, if I ever finish the obnoxious-for-entirely-different-reasons Saxon gown):

A spectacularly fortuitous fruit stand!


A new Fairwear bodice


Some pretty fancy-schmancy needlework

…Some more fancy-schmancy needlework

blackwork snip

And some more cosplay insanity


…And I’m at work on a bunch more new stuff, too! Stay tuned for some needlework and cosplay updates coming soon, and there are More Hat Plans in the works, as well.

Thanks for reading!

Come See What’s New! Wednesday, Sep 26 2012 

If you haven’t been around the site much lately, don’t worry—neither have I! But I’m getting caught up, and I’ve just added at least ten pages of all-new content, including projects, tutorials (TC), and dress diaries.

Be sure to check out updates and new posts in 16th C. Middles, the all-new Fantasy & Fairwear section, and don’t miss the award-winning Italian working class dress.

While you’re at it, you may be interested in my interview at Fabrics-store.com.

And stay tuned for stash updates and a reversible doublet tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Needlework & Historical Costuming of Author Elizabeth C. Bunce Thursday, Jun 12 2008 

Many of you have been asking for details about my needlework, so I’ve put together some pages for my stitching and costuming.

Here you’ll find finished projects, works-in-progress, and some odds and ends.  Use the links in the sidebar to navigate through the projects.



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