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  1. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    Results of the wash mentioned above... The brown linen has become a lot softer. The almost crispy feel has gone and I'd say it feels more like brand new lightweight cotton - not quite as drapey as the washed heavier linen used for the undertunic, but easily good enough for linings and things...
  2. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    It certainly can be if sewing by hand, but a machine makes a huge difference in comparison. I spent much more time on researching the design, working out the sizing and how I was going to do the details, and generally getting bits arranged in preparation for sewing, than I did on the actual...
  3. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    That's worth keeping in mind, although postage can make a meter quite expensive. (More so if buying from Herts, who seem to have a minimum order of 2m and a flat rate for postage of £10. Not so bad with places that sell 1m with cheaper postage.) I'm doing the brown linen in a 40° wash at the...
  4. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    The discounted brown linen from Maggie has arrived. This is a lighter and thinner fabric than the stuff I used for the undertunic. A weight and area calculation indicates that it's about 125gsm, or 3.7oz. It has a much finer weave. Here are the two linens side by side... It still has an open...
  5. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    If it can shrink that much, does that mean I have plan for a radically different size of material if I wash it before making something? Yes, I was thinking of something like this... ...and maybe add contrasting trim to the outside afterwards.
  6. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    A wee update... The itchy & scratchy test was borderline. Slightly scratchy while sitting indoors and not moving, but only just. I suspect this would translate into being a bit uncomfortable when moving about, especially if a slight sweat builds up and/or there's a satchel strap passing over...
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    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    The wool has arrived from Herts. Here it is next to my Swanndri Bush Shirt, which is on the right... The bits of paper are to adjust white balance and make the camera expose more accurately - this looks like a pretty accurate representation of the colours and light/dark on my monitor. The...
  8. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    I picked up a couple of patterns for men's shirts at Hobbycraft a while back when they were half price. Haven't done anything with them yet, other than glance at the sewing directions. I think the half-baked plan is to try one using cheap cotton first, and then maybe look at a linen version...
  9. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    It was this style I was thinking of... https://armstreet.com/store/medieval-clothing/linen-medieval-mens-underpants ...rather than the folded tube type. I think I prefer the more defined leg shape.
  10. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    I'm not so sure about that. :) I did get enough to make braies as well, though.
  11. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    Duly noted. Part of what got me thinking about linen recently was the hot weather and images of British representatives overseas in places like Morroco, wearing linen suits. I tend to run warm and can't be doing with hot weather, so I've been wondering if it might be worth trying some linen...
  12. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    I've never had anything in linen before, so trying the fabric was part of the motivation, especially with the recent hot weather (it's about as windproof as a bit of gauze). Aye, not cheap - it cost £15 a meter, albeit with the convenience of walking into the shop and seeing it in front of me...
  13. Nomad

    Medieval Linen Undertunic

    After having a good time recently at the Traquair medieval fair, I've developed some interest in medieval clothing. After a bit of research, it seems that just about everybody wore some sort of light tunic as an undergarment, and they were invariably made of linen. I decided to have a go at...
  14. Nomad

    Anyone do any metal engraving or relief carving.

    PM sent regarding the wood carving and block cutting tools.
  15. Nomad

    Account Issue - Deleted?

    Yes, Full Member, just upgraded to Maker part-way through the current subscription period. Been a Full Member for years. In the account upgrades section, there are buttons within the forum to cancel the subs, which presumably sends a message to PayPal. Since that's within the forum, I wondered...
  16. Nomad

    Account Issue - Deleted?

    I guess I'm trying to work out if others that have Maker subscriptions have the Full Member subscription active as well. I'm wondering if the forum software is picking one from the two and displaying that - in this case, the one associated with the Full Member post count rather than the Maker...
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    Account Issue - Deleted?

    My account has been upgraded to Maker, but it doesn't show in the little info panel next to my posts - it still shows the "Nomad" label which I believe is related to post count. Currently, I have subscriptions for both Full Member and Maker, presumably because the upgrade was done manually and...
  18. Nomad

    Sorry for the down time today

    It's mostly back, or rebuilt manually into a new account, at any rate. I've run forums in the past, and have done the same thing (deleted a legit user among a bunch spambot accounts). It's not what you would call a joyous moment (for either the user or the admin). :) Having been there, I do...
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    Account Issue - Deleted?

    This is being posted from a temporary account. Been trying to log in since earlier this afternoon, but both email and user name aren't recognised. If I try to do a password reset, it says I haven't completed the captcha correctly. If I look at one of my recent posts, it no longer has the usual...