Sunday, 21 February 2016

Acquisitions: Flasks

Today I went to the local antique show. I found two pewter flasks, $6 for the pair. I think the larger flask is 19th or early 20th century. The smaller one seems much newer. The large flask holds 1 pint of liquid. I plan to use it as my water bottle as it go's much better with my what I wear than any modern water bottle. The smaller flask holds 7oz.

A couple weeks age I was given this mid 19th century ivory hair brush.

Camp Furniture

Last August I attended the Fort Langley Brigade with my own tent for the first time. I had a great time at the Brigade and I plan on going this year, so I'm going to improve my camp setup to be more comfortable. The four main items I would like to add to my camp are a table, cot, chair with a back and a canvas canopy to keep the sun off.

I've already made the table, so next I will make the canopy and the poles to hold it up. Here are photos of the table and some of my other camp furniture.

I made two movable shelves for underneath the table.

Here's my camp stool and box that I used at last brigade. I made the stool two years ago with my grandfather and I built the box in wood shop last year.

Camp stool.

My box.

Tray inside top of box and cribbage board.

 Inside bottom of box.

Friday, 19 February 2016

New Cloth

Last monday I ordered cloth from Hainsworth and it just arrived Wednesday. I ordered three yards of Khaki Whipcord for my WWI second lieutenant jacket and cap. I can't wait to get started working with my new cloth, but first I'm going the make a mockup of the jacket and cap to test my pattern.

Packaged bolt of cloth.

Khaki Whipcord. 

The cloth I'm using for my mockup is a cotton twill, with a similar weight to the Khaki Whipcord.

Cotton twill.

This week I also purchased some wool cloth from my local fabric shop. The cloth below is intended for two sets of a waistcoat and trousers.

Blue windowpane wool cloth. 

Brown plaid wool cloth. I might get more of this cloth for a coat.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Cloth Folder

Today I made a cloth covered folder. This was another quick project, it took me an hour and a half to make the folder. I made the folder by glueing two pieces of paste board to a piece of canvas leaving a half inch space between the two pieces of paste board as a hinge. I then folded the canvas to the inside and glued paper in to cover the raw edge of the canvas.

The purpose of the folder is to store loose papers.  I will use it to hold pattern drafts and notes.

Cloth covered folder

Here's a close up of the canvas  I used.

Open folder with a pattern draft inside.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Neckwear: Scarf and Ring

I just discovered a style of 19th century neckwear that I hadn't seen before. It appears to be a silk scarf or neckerchief passed through a ring. This is very similar to some neckwear of sailors of the time. I don't know the period name for this style of tie so I've been calling it a scarf or a scarf and ring.

You could achieve this style a few different ways. The way I achieve this style was simply to take one of my existing silk cravat and thread it thorough a ring. My cravat measures 40'' by 2 1/2'' and the ring has a diameter of 3/4''. I had to fold part of the cravat in half so that it would fit under the turn down of my collar.

Close up of the scarf and ring.

I like this style very much, its nice alternative look to a cravat tied in a bow and I like the detail  the silver scarf ring adds.

I've found many photos, portraits and fashion plates. The earliest images I can find of the scarf and ring are from the 1860s, though I think the style probably started in the 50s or earlier. The style appears to have lasted through the 1880s.

Below are some of the photos, fashion plates and portraits I used as reference showing gents wearing scarves fastened by rings.

Two fashion plates from 1863.

W.S.Gilbert 1880s. I believe W.S.Gilbert favoured the scarf and ring 
as he wears it in many photos and illustrations.

Joseph Bazalgette 1880s.

This is a portrait of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) in the 1860s. 

Again the Prince of Wales in the 1860s.

Prince of Wales in the 1860s. The Prince seams to have liked this style of
scarf as he wears it in more than the three images I have shown here. 

I don't know who the person is this photo. It looks to be 1870s.

Here's another photo that looks to be 1870s.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Wash Roll

Recently I've been in the mood for easy one or two day projects. These projects give me a good feeling of accomplishment after only a short bit of work, unlike some of my longer and bigger projects. My bigger projects can take weeks or months before I finish one and get that feeling of accomplishment. The police rattle from my last post is a good example of one of these one day projects. I plan on making a few more of these quick projects before I start on my next big project which is my WWI officers jacket.

My most recent project that I made last night was a British military wash roll.

Wash roll tied up.

These wash rolls were used by the British military from the victorian period to after the second world war. I made this one for WWI. Soldiers used the wash roll for storing a sorts of things, tooth brush, utensils, shaving kit, and much more.

Open wash roll and contents.
 Note: Not all of the items in the wash roll are period correct. 

Empty wash roll.

The roll is made of a cotton canvas. I couldn't find any dimensions for the wash roll so I scaled the pattern from photos I found online. The roll I made measures 15'' in length and 8 1/2'' in width. I also made a small sewing kit/housewife to go inside the wash roll.


Sewing kit/housewife.

For my next one or two day project I'm thinking of making some more detachable collars or possibly making a PJ top to go with the the pyjama trousers from an earlier post.