Day 1-Project Ingredients (for lack for better term)

Day 1-post a picture of the things you are using for your project.

I went with the big items that will make the full outfit. I didn’t think I needed to include needles, pins and such.

From top to bottom:

The blue linen is for the Yagurlak (over Kaftan) with wood block for bottom hem embellishment. The blue linen will also be used for closures of the Zibin (under kaftan).

The white and yellow linen along with the balsa wood piece and blue feather will become the Keche (hat with head and neck covering). The white linen will also be used to make the uckur (belt) for the Don, a drawstring for the Caksir and sashes for the Zibin and Yagurlak.

The white linen under the blue linen will be the lining for the Yagulak.

The yellow linen will become the Zibin (under kaftan) and Caksir (pants) as well as the closures for the Yagurlak.

The white muslin is for the Gomlek and Don (undershirt and underpants)

Below that is three kinds of leather, thick for the soles and hard heel and the blue is for the upper part of the Edik. With the yellowish brown is for the Mest, the indoor slipper shoes that are worn inside the Edik.

The intention is to do the whole thing by hand because my sewing machine really needs to go the sewing machine doctor.

I’m hoping to turn Sir Sterling de la Rosa from this

To this

The Janissaries were the military elite of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. Dedicated fighting machine loyal only to Sultan. Learn about Janissary armor, weapons, battles, and revolts.

The guys in blue and yellow.

In just 4 weeks, you too can dress like a Janissary!

Edit-I tried uploading the pictures-Could someone let me know if they show now.

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6 Responses to Day 1-Project Ingredients (for lack for better term)

  1. Fionna Goodburne MacNicol says:

    Hello Contestant! Or shall I call you Otto? I am Fionna, one of the judges. I am looking forward to watching your progress.

    • Ottowhat? says:

      Nice to meet you! I’m Katya and I’m hopeful that every comes out close to what I picture in my head. And that I figure out how to attach pictures that show up better.

  2. Sisuile Butler says:

    Katya, it looks like we don’t have permission to see the two amazon link pictures of your supplies. Any chance you can upload them?

    I’m really looking forward to your colors!

    • Ottowhat? says:

      Sadly, because I could always see the pictures but I used the replace button after saving the pics from amazon to my files. Could someone please let me know if they show now?

  3. Beatrice Domenici della Campana says:

    Hello Katya! I’m Beatrice, and I’m one of the judges assigned to your group!

    I’m looking forward to seeing the photos that you tried to post (as the first two of three aren’t showing for me here) to get a better sense of what you’re working with and working towards.

    As my focus isn’t on this area of clothing, I’d also love to see (once you get the upload thing figured out) a clearer image of the outfit as a whole, with layers and pieces labelled, even if it’s a working sketch you did yourself. I’m particularly interested in learning more about these two different pairs of shoes you have planned!

    • Ottowhat? says:

      Hi Beatrice, Nice to meet you.
      I did try reposting the pictures so hopefully they will show now. I’m terrible at sketching or at least not any sketching that should see the light of day. I’m working with both the documentation I’ve found as well as extant pieces and patterns that I have found from others who have traveled this path before. The most interesting thing I’ve found is how different the pattern is compared to how I was taught to make a Turkish coat when I started making them for my model, who is also my Lord. I’ll try to get better sketches done tonight to give you a better idea or build a picture of extant pieces grouping and post it later tonight. Otherwise the short answer (HA!) it the Gomlek is a waist length t-shirt like garment, made out of a light cotton or light linen. The Don is sort of like tights but not made out of stretchy material so you need measure from the waist over the butt while the model is bent over so the legs are long enough overwise when the model would sit the legs would raise but won’t because of how narrow the opening at the ankle is so the legs stay inside of the mest-they are droopy butt pants-only half as bad as Hammer pants. The zibin is a kaftan made with both a gusset and gore then stops at crotch level and for men is not meant to be seen. It has a much smaller gore than the yagmurlak. The yagmurlak is longer, for my model and for the idea of what a Janissary infantry orta (military unit) would wear is stopped at the mid-thigh and also is made with both the gusset and gore, but with a wider and longer gore. Not nearly the flare I’ve put in his other Turkish coats, but more flare than the zibin. The pants that are wore over the Don is the caksir and is not like the harem pants or Salwar. They are big enough to go comfortably over the Don, but slim at the ankle, again to stay within the mest, the soft leather inside slipper that goes up to to the ankle. The outer shoes are interesting and in that they almost look like slip on slippers. The question we asked we how did any army win so many battles basically wearing slippers!?! Turns out that there is a little lip on the back and sizes of the edik and were snug enough that when you shove the mest into it they stay put. They also have little heels on them, I’m using hard leather because I don’t have access to metal or a metal worker that could make the little heels. The last bit is the Ketche, the hat. I’m kind of excited about it. I’m using balsa wood (again no access to a metal worker) that I’m going to decorate with a rose design, the 44th orta’s symbol and part of my model’s device. But it’s a round hat with a “spoon” in front that holds a feather in it. It also has a tube of fabric that is attached to the hat and hangs back over the Janissary’s head and neck. I’ll work on pictures to show you the items once I’m sure the way I fixed the pictures on this post worked. Many Thanks!

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