Skipping the Light Fandango, redux


Photo by Vilhelm Lich (Edward Hauschild)

After I completed Project Flammen, I realised that I was having some issues – one, I couldn’t blouse the chiton without showing my ankles (a problem, especially given the overall modesty of the Vestals), and two, it just seemed far too wide.

So, I had to make a bit of a calculated risk.  Do I cut it apart, and start over, or do keep things as is?

I cut it apart, which was easy (it always is), and after having a few moments of “I’m not so sure about this,” I cut the fold, hemmed my new top and bottom, sewed everything back together, and the length was much closer to what I was wanting.

54″ fabric is my friend.  And bonus, the ensemble looks closer to the statuary that I used as visual references.  (Note about this, and using other art: artists are going to make some decisions that won’t make a bit of sense to those reconstructing clothing.  There are lots of artistic ideals that are just not going to physically work, and I won’t get started on different physical ideals of our earlier counterparts.)

That being said, I’m much happier with this, and it was completed before I taught my class at Calontir’s Clothiers’ Seminar last weekend.  My handout is here, if you wanted something to get some ideas for your own Vestal ensemble.

About Rachel

I belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism, and there, I'm known as Konstantia Kaloethina, an Eastern Roman (Byzantinian) woman of the sixth century from Constantinople. I am proteged to Master Gabriel andvaka Kjotvason. I'm an American. I share Harry Potter's birthdate (July 31st, 1983). I typically score as INTJ (Myers-Briggs), and as a confirmed Five with a Four wing "Iconoclast" (Enneagram) type, with strong scores in Musical, Visual/Spatial, and Intrapersonal on the Multiple Intelligences test.
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2 Responses to Skipping the Light Fandango, redux

  1. cynehild says:

    Oh good, your forearms show too. I was getting really frustrated that my arms are too long for the width of my fabric.


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