What shall we make next?

We’ve been regrouping after the end of the summer costume days, trying to work out what is needed to supplement the wardrobe collection.

So far quite a lot of shirts and shifts have been cut out, using up all the linen in our store so will need a shopping trip soon to replenish stock. We’ve got a man’s jerkin being finished off, and just working out a doublet and hose to go with it. Also a girl’s gown to go over a pink kirtle that shares with another dress at the moment. At some point we’ll alter the brown ‘Gertrude Arundell’ gown, which was based on a Simplicity pattern, size 16, but the waist is actually a modern 10-12, so it will need panels inserted to make it fit better.

I’ve had a very brief go at making some yarn with a drop spindle and some wool I’ve been given. So far, so lumpy… will have to keep practising! I had great plans to use the newly spun wool to make braiding for a new jacket, but that might be put on hold for sometime!

Heritage Open Day, Saturday 8 September

Another good Costume Day today, although it was a bit quieter than previous occasions, (the sun was out!) which was actually rather nice. Quality not quantity! The visitors that did pop in today were very enthusiastic and we seemed to dress up more adults than children.

Due to popular demand we are having another Costume Day in October half term holiday – Monday 29 October – so if you are able to come along we’d be delighted to see you.