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Working Class Costume 3 by CenturiesSewing Working Class Costume 3 by CenturiesSewing
One of my oldest projects now done. All from cotton, but it wears well. The layers break down to: Smock with blackworked edges, rust red petticoat, sage green kirtle with handsewn eyelets, coif and parlet.

The front of the kirtle is boned with to layers of thin buckram fused together, and has no boning in it.
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serene-topaz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully made! It looks like a customer right out of Cranford! I also like the lighting of the photo. :)
ladyrose04 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is lovely and looks like you just walked out of a woodcut. How does the buckram wear if it is hot or it rains? I love the shape of the caul too.
CenturiesSewing Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
Thank you =) The buckram seems to hold up pretty well, if I had the space I would put some boning down the front of it just inside the eyelets. I ended up not cutting it level with my true waist in the front and it buckles a bit as a result, but the apron hides most of that. As to the heat it was about 90+ degrees outside when I was wearing it. At the risk of tmi I started to sweat a little bit, but the buckram was still pretty sound and gave me some support, but then I'm very slight in build. I'd say The two layers of buckram fused together is a tiny bit softer then cereal box cardboard? I'm not sure how it will hold up to full rain or water but I plan on spot cleaning and airing it as needed.
DecosaDesign Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been curious too about how seamsters get buckram to work. I see it get mentioned a lot in dress diaries. I've been hesitant to use it since I went to an event with camping- the evenings were misty/damp and all of my buckram hats completely collapsed! How has the bodice held up over time?
CenturiesSewing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Hi! sorry for the late reply, I've been pretty busy. The bodice has held up ok over the past few years I haven't worn it very much. I've done more research into the period use of buckram since I made this costume that has made me revise a few ideas and ponder others. The biggest question on my mind is, is what we know as modern buckram the same thing that was used in the 16th century, weights then as now most likely varied along with stiffness and how does that differ from the period use of canvas and other things mentioned in inventories and accounts.

Also it is nice to see someone else from the forum on deviant. =)
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