Porpentine's Period Productions

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Porpentine's Period Productions

Porpentine's Period Productions

Not MUCH of a gap there then!

Well, we got a kitten, that's my excuse. His name is Graeme and he is now a handsome 12lb ginger paws.

We also attended the Regency Ball, source of all the crises last year....

Thursday, September 01, 2005

We're back

and I'm tired, my knees hurt where I fell in the street the other morning, and my hair is filthy.

Other than that splendid.

Wedding photos when we get them....my stays have been returned to their rightful place underpinning the black brocade dress so on with that this weekend I guess.

It will be lovely to be CLEAN!!! 5 days in a tent - eewwwwww!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Briefly back to the waistcoat

To be worn with a dark green velvet coat and breeches, with gold lace trim and peach/green shot taffeta lining. Which sounds quite diabolical but in fact isn't. Honest.

Actually this was just an excuse to share my favourite online fabric shop
Cheap Fabrics Online (www.cheapfabrics.co.uk) - can't get the link to work or I would have put up a link to the fabric samples :-( but if you have five minutes have a look at their site, they have some gorgeous stuff. Fabric for my wedding dress came from there, wine red silk. Mmmmmmm.

Cheriton looms...

Radio silence for the next few days from the family Porpentine, who will be in Hampshire getting married for the edification of the general public. Silk ribbon knots all sewn to my skirts ready to be pulled off by the guests. Poking stick at the ready to fend off the adventurous should the guests get too lively...

Spent last night packing the rucksacks ready to go, I think I have everything (including a hot water bottle in case of rain... oh I love camping...)Tonight to make my authentic bread and if I remember to pick some blackberries from over the road. Lots of linen squares to tie our cheese and bread up in.

Quite excited....determined not to buy any kit from Traders' Row mind, but excited.

I do want to try and find myself some parchment though for making reticella lace, which seems a perfectly admirable thing to do on the Living History site.
The lace I've made so far - which admittedly I tend not to finish but that's laziness more than anything - has all been card or plastic sheet templates. If I get some parchment I will post the patterns up!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


The splendid waistcoat - with buttons! Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 22, 2005

Buttons for breakfast, lunch and supper!

There's a lot of buttons on that waistcoat :-)

This is a preview of the bit I've done. Probably to be shown piecemeal....as that's how I'm sewing it!!

There is a possibility that Porpentine Posh Productions will be making its debut at the Historic Fashion Show at the re-enactor's market in October, provided that yrs truly can co-ordinate things with the organisers. Which means that I've got quite a lot of sewing to do... big sigh. Ah well I can't say I don't enjoy it.... keeps me busy....

Life is good...

Buttons for the waistcoat of doom arrived this morning, huzzah and more photos to follow (such an exciting weskit how can I contain myself?)

AND I found my errant mobile this morning. In my shoe. (Nobody's texted me in two weeks - how unloved I am!)

Ahhhh the ghost of old High Cross St strikes again....

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Busy busy busy

Up at 7.45 am cutting out pattern for the black brocade polonaise from Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion"

Three quarters of the wretched thing is pinned to the tailor's dummy when it occurs to me.... it's too dmnd big in the waist. Oh hell. Much pinning and pondering later, I still have an inch or two to play with (aren't I a lucky Kitty?) but that should get taken care of by the darts in the pattern at the back.

Oh - and finished the bodice for my authentic wedding next week at Cheriton. Can't find my 17th century stays so going for the 18th century version - oh well, one hopes no one's going to see my with my kit off except the man who's lacing me into it :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2005


Kitty in kit Posted by Picasa

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