It's late, but I made something for challenge # 23.A few weeks ago I came across this post on Victorian Tailoring. I thought the neck stock looked interesting, so I decided to make one. Two Nerdy History Girls also has a nice article that talks about stocks.
|Stock, last quarter of 18th century, (source)|
|1/2" plastic rings and embroidery floss for making buttons. I split the embroidery floss in half because the rings were so small.|
|2 white buttons and 3 off white ones. The off white ones are for the stock.|
|Only one of these tabs is in the finished stock, the other was replaced with a longer one.|
|The end of the rectangle being gathered. You can sort of see the disappointing hem.|
|The tab sewn on on the other side, pinned on this side.|
|The long tab.|
|The finished stock.|
|It doesn't sit properly on this collar.|
Since the fabric I used was given to me, I'm submitting this for challenge # 23, Generosity & Gratitude. Both the linen I used for the tabs and the cotton used for the main piece was given to me by Paula Keppie, an artist (you can see some of her stuff here if you scroll down) who recently moved out of town. She gave me a HUGE amount of fabric. So significantly huge was the amount, that I took pictures of it before putting it away.
|Linen on the left, cotton in the middle, silk on the right.|
|Silk on the far left, the small heap after that is synthetic. The nicely folded pile after that is linen, and the rest is cotton.|
This is at least a quarter of my entire stash. Thank you for the gigantic heap of fabric Paula!
I also have Victorian Tailoring and Two Nerdy History Girls to thank for their posts on stocks, and Diane Gilleland for her button tutorial. The thread and embroidery floss both came from my Grandmothers stash, so the only thing I bought for this project was the plastic rings.
The Challenge: # 23, Generosity & Gratitude
Fabric: Plain white cotton and unbleached linen, very small amounts of each.
Year: 1770's to 1810's I think.
Notions: Three 1/2 " white plastic rings, off white cotton embroidery floss, white cotton thread.
How historically accurate is it? Not great. The closure is inaccurate, as are most of the materials. The look is pretty close though, and the construction isn't too bad.
Hours to complete: Unknown. I forgot to write down the time when I started because I was so excited about making Dorset buttons.
First worn: Yesterday
Total cost: Approximately 1.19 cents, for the plastic rings.
I've been a little worried about the quality of my blog posts lately, there seems to be a lot of boringness. Next post will almost certainly be about a pair of colourful 18th century mitts.