In which there are studs and rivets, all in the same day - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 2nd, 2013
08:00 am - In which there are studs and rivets, all in the same day
I think everyone's pretty much over the earthquakes now. For a while I wasn't feeling them but in the last few days we've had a spate of them that have been noticeable, and the last three nights I've been woken by them - not enough to get out of bed and take cover, just enough to go "Are you awake? Good." ;-/
Thing is, broken sleep isn't just happening to me, it's happening to everyone. And even if like me you don't have a panic response every time the ground moves, the whole thing is a constant low-grade stress and it's making folks grumpy. People are getting sick and cranky and just enough with the bloody earthquakes already!
That probably varies from person to person, but as discussed the other day, lining up studs on fabric works for me. I managed to get the jacket outer sewn together enough to complete the stud application. It looks like this now:
I only have to sew the sleeves into the lining, the lining into the outer, and add the front panel details (they are an extension of the collar) along with the leather strap that holds the whole thing shut, and this part is done. There's also a detachable hood, but I haven't quite nutted out the pattern for that yet (yay for having lots of brown paper at my disposal). Also, in the game the Cowl of the Silent One is a separate item, so I'm treating it as such. Yup.
The scales are looking quite a lot like a snake now:
This piece is 50-55cm long, and that's about long enough to start checking against the required tabard length to see if it's enough. The problem is that this style of scale (attached to mail rather than sewn directly on) stretches when you pick it up, and ends up looking more like a centipede than a snake:
This makes it really hard to judge whether it's long enough. What this means is that I will have to mock up the tabard and lay it on very carefully to check the length. While I'm at it I'll check to see if it'll be self-supporting when sewn on. I am facing the possibility that this method will be too unstable and I'll end up going back to the drawing board and possibly sewing the scales directly to the fabric. Which would make my authenticity glands have a hissy fit, but the last thing I need is a tabard that looks like a bird that doesn't know how to preen itself and to spend all my time fixing up misaligned scales. So we shall see.
Meanwhile, just to give you an idea of context, here is a picture of my work space:
To those of you who are thinking "Hey Tats, your workspace looks just like your lounge!" - great spotting. That is in fact our lounge. Normally when I'm doing this sort of thing I tidy as much as I can away every day, but since Dr Wheel's not here to be bothered by it, I'm leaving things like the sewing machine set up overnight *gasp*. Also, the gesso-ing requires all that armour to sit there like that for 7 days. That will also be done and tidy before Dr Wheel gets back.
I am probably making it sound like he's all hoha about my projects making a mess. That would be wrong, he's not. He's supportive and enthusiastic about them. But as someone who likes a tidy environment myself, I'm painfully aware of how clutter can mess with your head, and I know Dr Wheel also likes order and peace over clutter and chaos. So I do my best to minimise the mess. With this kind of project that isn't easy, and with five separate mini-projects all going at once, it's impossible.
Have I mentioned how much I'd like a studio?
I'd like a studio. A lot.
Right, now I'm off to dig out the hessian I've been saving because it might come in useful for something.
This evening, we get a rivet. I have it on good authority (hers) that she will be at Fidels. I plan to be at the front of the tacklehugging crew, and am prepared to fight for that position. And I don't even have armour yet!