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I won two awards in tonight's Historic Masquerade with my White Star Line Able Seaman's Uniform (1912):

in workmanship: Honored for Excellence in Tailoring

*and* Best in Master Class Documentation!

(cue Kermit the frog cheer: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!)
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I won two awards in tonight's Historic Masquerade with my White Star Line Able Seaman's Uniform (1912):

in workmanship: Honored for Excellence in Tailoring

*and* Best in Master Class Documentation!

(cue Kermit the frog cheer: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!)
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The one thing I haven't found for my White Star Lines able seaman's uniform is a good pair of shoes. In period descriptions of the uniforms issued at the time, one finds "1 pair of black half-boots, 1 pair of black leather shoes and 1 pair brown canvas shoes" (the last to be worn only when the captain gave permission.

On the one hand, I can fake it again with a pair of black walking shoes. On the other hand, [livejournal.com profile] jaylake recently posted a link to a photo of sailors aboard the USS Oregon in 1897, and, wonder of wonders, you could actually SEE one of the "half boots" (I'm operating on the assumption that the US and British sailors' uniforms would likely have similar shoes, as everyone was copying everyone else).

photo beneath the cut )

A search of various and sundry establishments yielded nothing very close to this, but the suggestion from two different helpful salespeople to try the factory outlets in Gilroy, as similar styles were popular two years ago. (There's nothing old that isn't new again, at least until it goes out of fashion another time...)

If any of you in LJ-land have spotted something like this recently (I wear a men's 7.5 or women's 9, European size 40.5), let me know.

We leave for Milwaukee the night of May 5, so I have to have them in hand by then.
kproche: (Default)
The one thing I haven't found for my White Star Lines able seaman's uniform is a good pair of shoes. In period descriptions of the uniforms issued at the time, one finds "1 pair of black half-boots, 1 pair of black leather shoes and 1 pair brown canvas shoes" (the last to be worn only when the captain gave permission.

On the one hand, I can fake it again with a pair of black walking shoes. On the other hand, [livejournal.com profile] jaylake recently posted a link to a photo of sailors aboard the USS Oregon in 1897, and, wonder of wonders, you could actually SEE one of the "half boots" (I'm operating on the assumption that the US and British sailors' uniforms would likely have similar shoes, as everyone was copying everyone else).

photo beneath the cut )

A search of various and sundry establishments yielded nothing very close to this, but the suggestion from two different helpful salespeople to try the factory outlets in Gilroy, as similar styles were popular two years ago. (There's nothing old that isn't new again, at least until it goes out of fashion another time...)

If any of you in LJ-land have spotted something like this recently (I wear a men's 7.5 or women's 9, European size 40.5), let me know.

We leave for Milwaukee the night of May 5, so I have to have them in hand by then.
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I finished the undershirt (replacing the dicky I made for Gallifrey) for the able seaman's uniform tonight.

I'm pretty pleased with it, given that I had to draft the pattern from a photo of a frequently-laundered vintage garment.

And, for reference when you're looking at the photos, this is made from a woven cotton, *not* a knit...
photos under the link )
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I finished the undershirt (replacing the dicky I made for Gallifrey) for the able seaman's uniform tonight.

I'm pretty pleased with it, given that I had to draft the pattern from a photo of a frequently-laundered vintage garment.

And, for reference when you're looking at the photos, this is made from a woven cotton, *not* a knit...
photos under the link )
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It occurred to me that by changing the tally on my Able Seaman's uniform and adding a few accessories, I could have a costume appropriate for this weekend's steampunk event.

I work with brass and copper all the time, so I actually have an idea how heavy they are. I decided to create faux brass/copper items to transform my uniform into the Able Airshipman from the LTA Incorrigible:
photos under the link )
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It occurred to me that by changing the tally on my Able Seaman's uniform and adding a few accessories, I could have a costume appropriate for this weekend's steampunk event.

I work with brass and copper all the time, so I actually have an idea how heavy they are. I decided to create faux brass/copper items to transform my uniform into the Able Airshipman from the LTA Incorrigible:
photos under the link )
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Hurrah, it's done!

I finished my able seaman's uniform today, including the dickie and adding a drill pocket inside the jumper.

Detail photos after I've cleaned house for our post Gallifrey houseguest...


Photos beneath the cut )
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Hurrah, it's done!

I finished my able seaman's uniform today, including the dickie and adding a drill pocket inside the jumper.

Detail photos after I've cleaned house for our post Gallifrey houseguest...


Photos beneath the cut )
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  • The seaman's trousers are finished.

  • The jumper is finished.

  • The denim overcollar is finished (although it needs a third row of braid; I bought all they had Thursday and it was only enough for 2 rows.)

  • A simple version of the "silk" (neckerchief) is done, even if it's poly lining instead of real silk.

  • I need to whip up a dicky tomorrow morning (white with denim edging on the neck hole).


Still to go:

  • "Picture frame" for the info kiosk.

  • Housecleaning.


I may still make it! (Time to clean up and head out to dinner; I'm supposed to sing in a charity show tonight).

(I'll post pics tomorrow).
kproche: (Default)

  • The seaman's trousers are finished.

  • The jumper is finished.

  • The denim overcollar is finished (although it needs a third row of braid; I bought all they had Thursday and it was only enough for 2 rows.)

  • A simple version of the "silk" (neckerchief) is done, even if it's poly lining instead of real silk.

  • I need to whip up a dicky tomorrow morning (white with denim edging on the neck hole).


Still to go:

  • "Picture frame" for the info kiosk.

  • Housecleaning.


I may still make it! (Time to clean up and head out to dinner; I'm supposed to sing in a charity show tonight).

(I'll post pics tomorrow).
kproche: (Default)
I realized this morning that the tightness at the waist in the trousers is probably due to taking too large a fold in the rear inset to set eyelets. That's easily fixed by slashing the inset and patching it.

Today I drafted the pattern for the "square-rig" jersey (aka the middy top).

The first muslin proved the principle but was a tent; the second one fit with minor adjustments and has now become the body of the garment. All the seams are felled, the facings are in as well as the twill tape ribbons for securing my tie properly. (visit http://mpmuseum.org/rcn_uniform_ratings1.html to see a vintage example of what I'm talking about.)

Now I just have to make and attach the sleeves and collar and hem it.

Hurrah! There may even be time to make the separate collar with the stripes on it in time for Gallifrey.
kproche: (Default)
I realized this morning that the tightness at the waist in the trousers is probably due to taking too large a fold in the rear inset to set eyelets. That's easily fixed by slashing the inset and patching it.

Today I drafted the pattern for the "square-rig" jersey (aka the middy top).

The first muslin proved the principle but was a tent; the second one fit with minor adjustments and has now become the body of the garment. All the seams are felled, the facings are in as well as the twill tape ribbons for securing my tie properly. (visit http://mpmuseum.org/rcn_uniform_ratings1.html to see a vintage example of what I'm talking about.)

Now I just have to make and attach the sleeves and collar and hem it.

Hurrah! There may even be time to make the separate collar with the stripes on it in time for Gallifrey.
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Today I almost finished my sailor pants, aka fall-front bell-bottomed trousers.

I have two things left to do -- hem them, and adjust the placement of the waistband buttons/buttonholes. It turns out where it looked like they should go makes the pants altogether too tight, even with the rear lacing let out.

Pictures beneath the cut )
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Today I almost finished my sailor pants, aka fall-front bell-bottomed trousers.

I have two things left to do -- hem them, and adjust the placement of the waistband buttons/buttonholes. It turns out where it looked like they should go makes the pants altogether too tight, even with the rear lacing let out.

Pictures beneath the cut )
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Last night I finished fitting the basic line of the trousers for my White Star Line seaman's uniform.

This afternoon (after spending the morning at PenWAG) I essayed an attempt at my first ever fall-front on said trousers.

Much to my delight, the geometry of the pattern pieces made complete sense and it went together properly the first time!

What's left: attaching the waistband (which has been assembled to the ready-to-attach point), inserting the rear inset, adding the fasteners (buttons, buttonholes in front and eyelets in back), and then hemming the legs (which are already pressed to the right length).

I have to thank Tamara Schirrmacher, who custom-graded the pattern for me from an old pair of US Navy 13-button sailor pants she deconstructed some time ago.

Pics once the waistband and fasteners are on, which should be complete tomorrow!
kproche: (Default)
Last night I finished fitting the basic line of the trousers for my White Star Line seaman's uniform.

This afternoon (after spending the morning at PenWAG) I essayed an attempt at my first ever fall-front on said trousers.

Much to my delight, the geometry of the pattern pieces made complete sense and it went together properly the first time!

What's left: attaching the waistband (which has been assembled to the ready-to-attach point), inserting the rear inset, adding the fasteners (buttons, buttonholes in front and eyelets in back), and then hemming the legs (which are already pressed to the right length).

I have to thank Tamara Schirrmacher, who custom-graded the pattern for me from an old pair of US Navy 13-button sailor pants she deconstructed some time ago.

Pics once the waistband and fasteners are on, which should be complete tomorrow!
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It isn't perfect (the flare isn't quite what I was trying for), but it fits right and it isn't made of wool.

Photos under the cut )
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It isn't perfect (the flare isn't quite what I was trying for), but it fits right and it isn't made of wool.

Photos under the cut )

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