Montag, 21. Mai 2012

Cupboards and more.

A very belated happy New Year. As you can see, posting updates hasn't been my top priority but I have not been idle.

As part of the renovation got (or are going to get) rid of some of our old cupboards and wardrobes. What you can see in the first picture is going to become our new wardrobes. Just as all the walls on the top floor it's just a dry-wall construction.

The niche between the wardrobes is where the ladder to the attic will be hidden. To the right of the niche (and in fact extending behind the niche as well) is what will become my wardrobe. Julia gets the slightly larger one on the left. There is another cupboard even further to the left, as can be seen in the second picture.

Originally the cabinet in the roof triangle is double that size but I used one half of it for the wardrobe. The other half will later hold my sewing tools as that's the part of the room where I'm going to have my hobby desk.

That's actually what the east wall looks today. What you cannot see, and of which I took no pictures, is the ceiling which is now partly tiled. Constructing the ceiling is actually the least fun. The panel's form factore is just unwieldy and they quickly get heavy when you have to hold them up to the wall before the first screw is in place.

Some more sewing

A couple of friends of ours got married two weeks ago and they decided to have the ceremony (and the party) in a medieval castle – Abenberg castle – and naturally we went there too.

That's us six in front of the car we rented.

The invitation clearly said that we could come garmented, so, naturally, most of us did.

The garments I wear in the picture are also my latest sewing project (not the boots though, I've bought those). The underwear is the male underwear from my 14th century project. The hosen I wear are made from wool.

As was customary in the middle ages the hosen were just tied to the braies. That's what the complete set of underwear looks like when worn.

The suckenie is made from wool, too (loden fabric), and lined with a blue-gayish linen. I didn't use a pattern for the suckenie nor the hosen. They are inspired by medieval illustrations (although the different colors per leg are quite unique). Sine I only started in the week prior to the ceremony I had to cheat a bit. Only the finishing touches to the lining of the suckenie are really hand-sewn.

At first I feared that I my garments could be too heavy for the weather, because it was quite hot and humid that day, but the wool-linen combination prooved a blessing. Linen dries fast and wool doesn't really get wet at all and just transports the humidity to the outside, thus keeping me quite cool naturally.