|The full gown, still wrinkled from the last time I wore it.|
|Close up of the embroidery. I intend to do similar embroidery on the sleeves.|
|Close up of the neckline.|
|The gown being worn. This is also the best representation of the color.|
The hem facing, sleeve and neckline detail are mustard colored wool, with the visible edges whipped down with cotton thread over wool yarn as filler thread. The embroidery is chain stitch.
I have worn this dress repeatedly, and I love it. I plan to make a leather vest or waist cincher to wear over it to make it more fitted and more modern looking.
The Challenge: #23 Modern History
Fabric: Green linen-blend, yellow wool-blend
Pattern: None, made it myself
Year: 9-13th century
Notions: Cotton thread, cotton embroidery floss, wool yarn
How historically accurate is it? The pattern is good. However both the linen and the wool were blended with rayon, and all of the seams were machine stitched. And besides the underarm gussets, all the flat-felled seams were also machine stitched. The embroidery is my own pattern, so unknown accuracy, but the chain stitch was used. This is probably my worst, say 20%.
Hours to complete: 5 for the dress, 15 for the embroidery
First worn: The day it was finished, to go out to dinner with my husband
Total cost: The wool was a remnant, the embroidery floss was inherited, and the yarn was clearance. All told, I think it was $25-30.