Wednesday, 11 November 2015

New 18th century grey wool waistcoat

1st time out wearing my new 18th century grey wool waistcoat, the buttons are pewter from Fugawee in the USA. My Japanese mother in law who is now 80 years old did the sewing on her treadle sewing machine. I drafted the pattern and cut out all the fabric , it fits very well and will be perfect for Niigata's cold winter which is quickly approaching. Please excuse the modern background.

Tartan for a new Feileadh beag

After losing some weight over the past 2 years a kilt which I had made up no longer fitted me, so I have spent the last week un stitching the entire kilt and will now remake it into an 18th century draw string feileadh beag instead. The tartan was a present from a good friend in New Zealand who purchased some costumes and tartan from the BBC when they finished filming the 18th century classic Kidnapped. Back then I had never heard of the feileadh beag so I made the tartan pictured below into a modern Victorian style kilt complete with sewn pleats , it's a great looking tartan and should go well with my new grey wool 18th century waistcoat that is almost finished.