|Fancy new dags to wear with an old hat|
These were taken in the Doubletree Hotel in Portland the Saturday of 12th Night. They are clearly not the best of photos, I'd like to take some better ones eventually, but this lets me put up something at least.
You can tell from his happy smiling face that he really likes his new houp. I'm proud of the fact that I got his houppelande out of 8.5 yards. Yes, that is a floor-length, giant, drapey-sleeved houppelande out of 8½ yards.
|Showing off the pouch he made to go with it,|
and the tenner which was a wedding present.
I measured his shoulder to hem and cut a full width panel of the fabric, a light weight wool gifted to me years ago when I thought I would make a Cranach gown out of it. (I was young, I didn't realize it was too light weight when I fell in love with the color) Luckily I was lazy, and my best friend didn't mind me re-purposing her gift into something for my Hubby.
|First Crappy MS Paint Diagram|
|Second Crappy MS Paint Diagram|
The second crappy MS Paint diagram shows the layout of one of the front panels, totally not to scale.
Doing the body panels this way meant I had practically no scrap left over from cutting. This cutting method is great on a solid color houp because you can barely see the seam lines, and sewing straight to bias forces the fabric into draped lines at the floor.
|Crappy MS Paint Sleeve Diagram|
The sleeves are done in a strange fashion that was really hard for me to wrap my brain around. Himself's knight's lady is a Laurel, and a good friend of his. She's done a few houppelandes and when I asked her advice she said to make it like an angel wing sleeve, but to put the S-curve into the straight part of the half oval instead of the curved part. This causes the seam to fall straight down the back, and the curved edge to fall back from the wrist, more or less keeping it completely out of anything you reach for. The dags get cut into that curved edge, and I used a template made from a 3x5 card to trace them out. I intended to do a gold leafed pattern on the sleeve of his 12th Night Houp, but I ran out of time/brains to figure it out.
|A repro poster site|
Hope this helps save some people a little fabric when making a houppelande. I don't know how well my theory would work with a brocade, but for a solid color wool, I like the way it works.