Rhiarti, by design

Ask me anything   Certifiable seamstress. Steampunk and costuming enthusiast. Bewildered Brit in British Columbia.

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    Binge-watching #Vikings. Blame-thanking that for both today’s earworm, and the urge to use the remaining tweed for some form of medieval overdress! Ooooohhh, maybe a fitted kirtle?

    — 1 day ago
    #Vikings  #kirtle  #cotehardie  #middle ages  #medieval  #overdress  #inspiration  #tweed  #herringbone tweed  #Fever Ray  #If I Had a Heart 

    A little over three hours later, that’s the panels all flatlined and ready to go. Should note at this point, I’m so in love with this tweed, I was using a lovely honeycomb shaped stitch to make sure the fabric’ll wear through long before any of my sewing could give out! Definitely could’ve gone faster with a little less OCSD!

    — 1 day ago
    #flatlining  #sewing  #tweed  #fabric  #my precious  #ocsd  #obsessive compulsive seamstress disorder  #work in progress 

    You know when you don’t do something for a while, and then you remember why? Flatlining. A special level of hell. No matter what technique I use, it always gives me a headache!

    Still, given how surprised folk seem when you explain to them how much decent hand crafted goods cost, I thought it might be fun to see if I can remember to run a timer as I sew. One panel down, bar trimming the lining. Six to go! Think I’m going to need a bigger pot if tea…

    — 1 day ago
    #ocsd  #obsessive compulsive seamstress disorder  #tea  #sewing  #work in progress  #truly victorian  #Victorian walking skirt  #hand crafted  #flatlining  #flat lining 
    Just another day in the life of a glamorous assistant. I’ll leave cutting the lining out until later then, shall I?

    Just another day in the life of a glamorous assistant. I’ll leave cutting the lining out until later then, shall I?

    — 2 days ago with 3 notes
    #crazy cat lady  #fabric  #sewing  #love the cat 

    Okay, so it’s not sewing, but I did make it and my knitting skills are sufficiently rudimentary for me to be damn proud of the effort! For some reason, my iPhone refuses to capture the actual colour: a beautiful deep shade of teal. Such soft, snuggly wool, too.

    The pattern was basically:

    Cast on 3 stitches, knit into back, then knit another row. Thereafter…

    • Purl one, *yarn over, purl two together, repeat from * to end of row. 
    • Knit row. 
    • Knit row, increasing a stitch at the second stitch from each end.
    • Knit five or so rows before casting off to finish.

    Literally all there was to it! To finish, I made a little tassel for the tail, and added a brass button to hold the front closed, using one of the holes as a buttonhole.

    I’ve a less elegant plain sage green wool I’m going to try the pattern with again, this time either missing out the plain knitted row altogether, or increasing the stitches on both knitted rows to get a wider drape.

    — 3 days ago with 2 notes
    #knitting  #shawl  #shrug  #snuggly  #warm  #cozy  #soft  #conforting  #teal  #brass 
    Glamorous assistant seems to feel I might want to rethink the fabric options for my Edwardian skirt…

    Glamorous assistant seems to feel I might want to rethink the fabric options for my Edwardian skirt…

    — 4 days ago with 1 note
    #crazy cat lady  #fabric  #fabric box  #Edwardian skirt 
    Happiness: discovering the delicious herringbone tweed I picked up for a song at the charity shop is pure wool. Sadness: discovering it’s also too narrow to fold for cutting. Damn my love of swishy skirts!

    Happiness: discovering the delicious herringbone tweed I picked up for a song at the charity shop is pure wool. Sadness: discovering it’s also too narrow to fold for cutting. Damn my love of swishy skirts!

    — 4 days ago
    #fabric  #charity shop  #tweed  #herringbone  #herringbone tweed  #wool  #pure wool  #suiting fabric  #wool suiting 
    Okay, serious question. Is there such a thing as too much herringbone tweed? Only I’m quite fancying the same fabric for both an Edwardian skirt and a Victorian tail jacket bodice, but then they’ll just cry out to be worn together at some point and I’m really not sure madness doesn’t lurk somewhere out that way…

    Okay, serious question. Is there such a thing as too much herringbone tweed? Only I’m quite fancying the same fabric for both an Edwardian skirt and a Victorian tail jacket bodice, but then they’ll just cry out to be worn together at some point and I’m really not sure madness doesn’t lurk somewhere out that way…

    — 5 days ago with 1 note
    #ocsd  #obsessive compulsive seamstress disorder  #fabric  #steampunk  #Edwardian  #Victorian  #Victoriana  #sewing  #decisions  #indecision  #tweed  #herringbone tweed 
    Hasty afterthought photo! Occurred to me some folk might like to see the lining to the waistcoat I finished yesterday. First time I’ve made one with a facing panel like that. Gives it a really nice finish inside.

    Hasty afterthought photo! Occurred to me some folk might like to see the lining to the waistcoat I finished yesterday. First time I’ve made one with a facing panel like that. Gives it a really nice finish inside.

    — 5 days ago with 17 notes
    #sewing  #finished piece  #portfolio  #waistcoat  #Kentucky vest  #jean hardy  #facing  #lining 

    Next project starts tomorrow, but gave myself the evening off to decompress a bit after an intensive few days of very focused hand sewing. Random link-hopping let me to this rather marvellous duo! Middle Eastern music on harmonica and bodhran. Beautiful effect!

    — 6 days ago
    #music break  #middle eastern  #bellydance  #belly dance  #harmonica  #bodhran