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Sewing your early period garb, can be fun and easy, espesialy if you are making simple pants and T-tunics. When you sew a T-tunic it is simply a bag with sleeves and a hole for your head. Ether cut out with sleeves on the body, like the cross pattern, or sleves sewn on and a gusset under the arm. its a good and simple bag, and I like them
Now how you sew your garb is up to you. sewing by hand of machine is fine with me, just don't do somthing stupid like "glue gun" your garb. I have seen it done, a lady with a big beautiful elizabethan dress all held together with hot melt glue (Yuck all I wanted was a heat gun) I like to sew with a sewing machine, but don't beleive anyone who tells you that hand sewing is inferior to machine sewing I have seen hand sewn seams that will out last the tough fabric it was holding together. The most important thing it that the fabric is together and the garment will move and flex, glue won't, remember too that you will most likely want to wash your garb. Washing is one area where machine sewing "Rocks" another is in speed. Hand sewn gard, in the old days, was washed in the river on the rocks or some maner like that. Now-a-days we chuck it in the washing machine then the dryer and then in a drawer. Unless you put in the time, effort, and skill your hand sewn seams will not hold up to the abuss of modern washing machines like a machine sewn seam will. However remember back then they were allways doing repairs and continuous maintainence on their garb I really like the speed of machine sewing, I can progress on my projects in a short enough time that I can spent some time working on all these Web Sites and play with my trains too
Some sewers like to use a french seam on every thing, If you like that do it, I don't, If 'm sewing by hand I'll either sew the raw edges/seam alowence with a blanket stitch or fold it and sew it like a kind of flat feled seam, which is a very stronge seam. French seams are just a way of binding the raw edge so it won't fray to the point wer the seam will fall out. Wen I'm sewing every day wear shirts and pants I just sew the seams and then I "Zig-Zag" the two or more raw edges together, it binds them both at the same time so they suport each other and since the seam alowence is on the inside the only people who will see it are going to be inside my cloths and I figure they won't care how I finished my seam edges:o)
You can sew the main weight bering seams or all with a machine and then hand sew the raw edge down with stab or runing stitches alongside the other, this will give it the look of having been sewn by hand but you'll have strong seams that won't come out in the wash :o)If you want to use a serger/overlocking machine you can, I wouldn't, I ONLY use my sergers for sewing knited fabrics. so as far as period garb is involved the only thing that might be mabe of knited fabric would be legging in late periods. Now there were many bits of early garb which were knited but they were knited like socks, hats, scarves and various knited stuff, that my sisters can do.
How you sew your garb isn't really important so long as the garb is held together well enough to ensure you don't show your friends more than friends of that sort need see.
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2005 January 28