Armed and dangerous!
I love how alot of historical sewing involves tools such as these - makes me feel like I'm doing some real work. lol
Lots and lots of measuring and marking. Did everything twice to be sure I got it right. :D
Cutting this stuff wasn't as easy as it looks. Thanks to some help from the little brother we got thru it okay.
Even more marking! Yes, it got a bit tiring. ;) It was more stressful than anything. I'm alittle bit OCD about making things for myself.
An 'artisitc' shot of the rungs. Had to document them while they still looked decent. They are much rougher condition now. :-/
Poking holes for the rivets. Incase you were worried - I'm highly skilled with a hammer and didn't once hit my fingers. ;D
The finished product!!!
I've only been able to wear it three times this year. And I must say it hasn't held up the best. Not sure if its because I've gotten rained on quite alot 2 of the times or some other reason. I don't think I've really been that hard on it...It probably also doesn't helped I rushed to get it done in a day since I wanted to wear it to an event. Never the less I'm hoping it will at least last several years. Can't really afford to get a new one of these any time I please. :-/ I have a few other minor issues with it, but I think they are mainly due to my clumsiness - since no one else seems to experience them (please tell me I'm not the only one. lol). It occasionally turns during wear and when I'm dancing I tend to get my heel caught in the back rung. Weird. lol
Anyhow I adore the shape it gives my skirts and I feel so much better about my over all impression. Not wearing a covered hoop anymore. Tho they are perfectly fine if they are made with period materials - mine just wasn't up the par.