Monthly Archives: January 2014

Garb for Children


So, often I hear “I refuse to sew garb for my kids… they’ll only wear it once before out growing it!”  Well, that may be true.  And sewing for the “rapidly growing” can be very frustrating.  This little guy has certainly timed his growth spurts to land just before EVERY SINGLE event I ever planned on taking him to.  Okay, maybe not EVERY one, but often enough.  My son is 4 1/2 in this picture taken at Nordskogen’s 12th Night (Kingdom of Northshield) in January 2013.  I actually only sewed the tunic.  The rest of the ensemble is store bought clothes or accessories.  Yes!  Accessories make the outfit!  (Whatever outfit it happens to be!)  He is wearing his everyday dinosaur tenner shoes with a pair of “Go, Diego, Go” pants which just happened to be a nice color brown (knit and stretchy?  Who cares!).  Actually, you can see the brand label tag on his lower left leg.  BUT, his tunic is 100% linen made with extra long hem and cuffs.  He absolutely loves his belt with pouches sized just for him.  The dark brown one would barely fit a deck of cards, the yellow-ish one on the left wouldn’t fit even that, BUT they fit a couple of bouncy balls or a Hot Wheels car perfectly!  As it turns out, he was able to wear this tunic again for my shire’s camping event in August.  The sleeves had gotten a bit short at the wrist and the hem only came to mid-thigh, but oh, well.

Ironically, in July I started a pair of linen pants for him, figuring that he would be more comfortable in light weight linen than in essentially “sweat pants”.  I made them EXTRA long.  When I pulled them out a month later, they were already too short… looked liked they’d shrunk badly!  🙂  Oh, well.


Garb for Armor



So, this is an old project, but one I wanted to add to this blog.  A while back, a friend of mine told me that he wanted a tunic to wear under his armor.  He wanted something that looked like he had just thrown his armor on over whatever he was wearing.  This was the result.  100% linen for both the outer layer and the lining.  Quilt batting for the padding.

My First Attempt


Here’s my son getting in on a shot to show off my first band of tablet weaving. I used wool yarn for both the warp and the weft, which created a rather thick band. This was made on two c-clamps attached to my table and threaded using the continuous warp method.


What’s coming?

I intend to use this blog to record some of the work I’ve done in the past as well as record the research I’m working on now. The primary purpose is to help me organize, but I thought that by putting it some place accessible, I could share some of what I’ve learned, too.


Obviously, it’s not a very BUSY blog… thus is the nature of Bipolar… I haven’t done much, so there hasn’t been much to talk about.  However, my family has decided to to go Warriors and Warlords in Wisconsin this summer.  That means new clothes for everyone.  I intend to document/post as I go!  (And by putting it here, hopefully that means I’ll follow through!  Let’s kick this Bipolar butt!)