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July 22nd, 2011

May Crown - Saturday May 21st, 2011
Their Majesties Skeggi An Tir and Taisiia An Tir - with the support of Their Order of the Pelican - invited me to join the order and then put me on VIGIL.
My Mistress - Morgaina atte Woodlonde - asked me to make some decisions
1) When do you want your elevation to happen
2) What do you want to happen

My responses
I want very much to do it with King Skeggi and Queen Taisiia still on the Throne
(so that means - An Tir / West War or July Coronation)
and I want to be dressed appropriately for my persona
(so it is best that I get as much time as possible to make the new garments)
So - July Coronation it would have to be

Here is the dress that I sketched that day

When I got home from the event, I pulled out this fabric
- it had been waiting in the closet for about 6 years  ;-)

For the Collar (Ozherlya) I had to find a color that didn't make me look sick
and that went well with the Olive and Gold

I considered - Brown, Light Blue, Red (no), Purple...
PLUM  :-)

I shopped on-line for a week - looking for a plum that matched my beehive trim

I wanted a piece of fabric that was plum with large repeating geometrics in gold
Alas - not to be found, so I settled for a piece of plain plum cotton

I also shopped on-line for gold boullion(sp?) applique
I found the perfect pieces and ordered them - from India ;-)
(would they get here in time?)

I started the collar on Memorial Day Weekend

Work on the collar continues

and the linen underdress is started

I cut this out - hemmed every raw edge (by hand) and then sewed it all together with a herringbone lacing stitch
(I left the lower arms unfinished so that I could add the decorated cuffs later)

here is my gathering of fabrics for making the main dress

I shopped on-line (A LOT) looking for pieces to make my headdress
that would look sort of like this

here is a kolt - hangs at the ends of the ryasna(word?)

I found some stuff that sort of worked
well - all the bits - kind of meet the need
and after a bunch of playing around - putting the hanging pieces together

I sat down one Saturday to make the headdress

here it is

here it is with the collar

Oh - and the beginnings of the necklace too

Also I have cut the dress and hemmed all the raw edges
I am beginning to add the decoration in this photo
( this is starting to remind me of illuminating scrolls :-)

Finished the trim on Fourth of July

and finished sewing the dress together - same weekend

I made plum tape(not bias) to finish the edges - sewed them on at the tops of the front and back pieces
and then sewed the back and front of the dress together - (again with the herringbone stitch)

I also bought some olive colored bias tape for under the arms and down the sides

finally, I added the underdress cuffs

It is complete enough to wear for the Pelican Ceremony  :-)

but still not finished...

1) I purchased a piece of garment leather and I need to line the collar so that all the stitching is protected.

2) I learned late in the game that the Rus made separate, highly decorated cuffs - and I now understand why.  The decorations catch on everything and should be the last thing you put on - like putting on a bracelet.  I need to remove the cuffs from the undergarment and make them as separate pieces.

3) I need to line the inside of the dress where the decoration is, to protect the stitching.

I'm pretty happy  :-)   
I got close to the original sketch.
the main difference being - that I decided to only put one length of decoration down the front (rather than the two I had first imagined)

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