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Thursday 04/08 Post

B. Hemming and Hawing I have finished the trimming. All that’s left now where the pellote is concerned is the hemming of the interlining and the liner. Once all three layers are done, the three layers will be attached at … Continue reading

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Monday 04/05 Post

A. The Trimming of the Pellote This weekend was a full one, what with various home chores and Easter at the in-laws’ place, so I could not get much done, but I did pin the neckline and center seam trim … Continue reading

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Friday 04/02 Post

IV. The Epilogues The succeeding posts will be for cataloging what was left to finish before this blog is closed. I ran to JoAnn’s on Wednesday to get some single-fold bias tape in the color I needed. I realized the … Continue reading

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Sunday 03/28 Post: The Day After

III. What Was Finished, What Remains, What Was Learned Someone once told me about the Order of the March Hare. It’s about as unofficial as you can get. All you need to do to be in it is to be … Continue reading

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Thursday 03/25 Post: So Close, Sew Close

F. A Pellote but for Hemming and Trimming I was able to finish the under-stitching while working from home, and able to attached the tops together, but if I want to get any sleep tonight and function at work tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Wednesday 03/24 Post: Cutting It Close, Indeed

E. Lots of Pinning, Lots of Hand-Sewing If I were unemployed, as I had been for much of last 12 months, I would probably be finished by tomorrow or Friday, but I began a new job very recently, and so … Continue reading

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Sunday 03/21 Post: Hitches in the Stitches

D. Pellote: Fabric and Liner Snags 1. The Half-Inch Blunder When I first drafted the pattern for the pellote, I had allowed for 1/2″ to be added in case I had wanted a parti-color look in the future, and wrote … Continue reading

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The Documentation Post

As instructed, this post includes sources that inspired my ensemble. The chief sources are the funeral gown of Leonor de Castilla, a granddaughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet, a princess royal of Castilla and a queen of Aragón … Continue reading

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Thursday 03/18 Post: Making Do

C. Of Linings and Interlinings This post is about making do. For those who were puzzled about why I did not make a muslin mock-up of my proposed pieces, I already had made a mock-up over the late summer and … Continue reading

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Sunday 03/14 Post #3: The Last Layer Started

II. The Pellote A. The Materials: Fabric Choices The cutting and construction of this surcoat layer is more or less straightforward. I was not keen on going to stores at the time, so I had gone online to purchase fabric … Continue reading

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