I would like to pay particular thanks, however, to Maggie of Costumer's Guide and Padawan's Guide. It's the latter website that helped me immeasurably in my early days of making Padmé costumes, before I really got into historical costuming. So it was only fitting that I again used the Padawan's Guide for this challenge.
|A new muff cover of smocked velvet|
The Challenge: #23 - Gratitude
Fabric: 30" black velvet
Year: 18th Century
Notions: 1 yd black bias tape, 2 yds black cord
How historically accurate is it? I haven't been able to find any information on how old the lattice smocking technique is, but muff covers were certainly around in the 18th Century
Hours to complete: The smocking took four hours, and assembling the cover took probably another three.
First worn: Not yet, but I'm planning to use it for my Christmas card pictures.
Total cost: Stash project! :D
In addition to the lattice smocking technique, I used Koshka's tutorial on muff covers again. This new cover will go so nicely with my cloak!
Here are some making-of shots:
|I marked my grid of 1.5" squares using a pin dipped in white acrylic paint.|
|Smocking in the car on the way to Colonial Williamsburg for Veteran's Day|
|One row done!|
|The right side - sorry it's so linty|
|Half of the rows are done here. You can see how much it shrinks down the fabric!|
|The white paint worked great! Except I messed up a couple times...|
|Fortunately it barely shows on the outside!|
|To create the tube, I pinned the two ends together matching up the unused dots on one side...|
|...with the corresponding tuck point on the other side.|
|I was afraid the black velvet would be hard to photograph, but Brian the Engineer pulls it off!|