Figured if I'm going to start crafting a lot more I might as well post the process and the result. I'm Lord William of Lochridge, member of the College of St. Felix in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr and a proud fighter for the Kingdom of Atenveldt. Those of you who are confused should know that I'm a member of the SCA or the Society for Creative Anachronism which promotes research into the middle ages and the early Renaissance in order to better understand the methods, practices, lifestyles, and creations of the people who lived during those periods. Expect posts in the future.
So for Christmas I received possibly the most basic model of Singer sewing machine and it is pretty freaking sweet having it. I cannot begin to express how much time I save making garb now that I have that machine. I started working on a fleece lined coat back in November that wound up being stalled. I finished that coat in 2 hours. It isn't perfect but it looks pretty good. Pictures will be up when I'm back down in Tucson.
What you should know about the coat is that it's dark blue, fleece lined with an outer layer of some $5 for 5 yard slightly stretchy material I picked up from the Wal-Mart discount bin. I'm not planning on adding buttons because I don't plan on wearing the coat closed and if Brianna winds up wearing it she likely will have so many other layers on that closing it would never work.
Doing some work on creating a working doublet pattern that fits and hangs on me properly. Every one I have tried to make ends up ridiculously wide at the neck and way too small at the waist. We'll see what happens.