Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tutorial Suggestions?

Good day dear readers,
In the years that I have been costuming for the SCA, I have watched basic resources go from a copy of the known world handbook to a plethora of information, be it extant garments on a museum website or people like Mistress Isobel who spent 1,947 hours embroidering her Maidstone jacket. There is so much information available out there now! I have gained so much over the years from people willing to share their research, and I want to give some of that back. I want for this blog to be a place where I can help people learn new skills. I want to help someone bring up their own game, and maybe my own at the same time. I am a visual learner, and I find photo tutorials to be the best way for me to learn something new. As a dyslexic I can barely follow written directions, and I need to see something in action to understand how it works. So I would like to know, what do you feel is needed in the online tutorial world? Please leave me a comment with suggestions, thank you.


A Life Long Scholar said...

well, I haven't gone looking for one in many, many months, but one thing I want to learn is how to make tights out of sprang, preferably in complex multi colour diamond patterns, like the example shown in an issue of the Archaeological Textile Newsletter sometime in the past four years (sorry, am at work, can't look up the issue, but the article suggested that the Ancient Greek pottery depicting people in close fitting leg coverings could be drawings of people wearing sprang tights). I know it would help if I could get a hold of Collingwood's book, but on the occasions I have tried I couldn't manage it.

Jerusha said...

gussets. Underarm gussets.

I can get 2 of the 4 corners nice, but that last one escapes me. I'm even thinking 2 seams instead of one from wrist to hem. Got any suggestions?

Morrghan O'Siodhachain said...

I will put that on the list of tutorials! I make my gussets using a solid square (I used to use two triangles). I make the first pas sewing the gusset to the sleeve and stopping where the next seam allowance starts. I will the sew the other edge of the sleeve to the gusset sewing down to the same spot I stopped for the first side. Then I sew the sleeve from gusset to cuff.
Making sure that you are not catching any of the other seams in the one you are working on seems to make a difference. You may want to mark your seam allowances on the gore with a disappearing marker I find that having a visual place to stop helps me.