Yes it is now October and the new Chatelaine design range of historical costuming has commenced. The first pattern is Houppelande.
Given my love of historical costuming this series was always going to be a MUST for me. It’s actually quite fortunate Dad is visiting this weekend – it’s the first time he’s seen his cynical, jaded, sarcastic, pessimistic daughter go SQUEEEEE since she was about 10. OK so Dad and I don’t actually see each other that much and we try to act cool around each other.
So the upshot is, Dad has offered to buy me the kit for Christmas. Well he had already agreed to fund the kit for Christmas, but now he’s extended the offer to the series. As long as:
- I am unable to return to fulltime work
- The kits cost around $100-$120 each (depends on Martina not becoming too extravagant and the Aussie dollar remaining near parity)
- I finish stitching each one before he buys the next one
then Dad has offered to buy me each of the kits as they come out for birthdays and Christmas presents. I find these quite reasonable terms.
Now one hopes that I get these damn migraines under control sometime soon and I am back in fulltime work sometime in the next couple of months. But at least this is something nice to consider as the time drags on and the couple of months stretches out further and further.
Now to stalk the ECC site until the Cindy and Angela upload the kits and cross my fingers that I’ve judged the cost of the kit accurately.
The dress itself is mainly DMC but the sleeves, dress hem, neckline, chemise, hairnet, belt and the brocaded overwork are all done in silks and beads.
The piece is 142 x 187 stitches. I have a piece of 18 x 28″ Wichelt 32ct Queen Anne’s Lace here that I think might do the job quite nicely. It’s a pale grey mottled background colour. If I skimp a little I might get both this and the next the design out of the same piece of fabric!
The kit requires:
3 skeins Needlepoint Inc silks
1 skein Caron Waterlillies
1 skein Dinky Dyes silk
1 skein Gloriana silk
2 skeins Gloriana Florimell
2 Skeins Gloriana Princess Perle Petite
3 cards Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid
1007 assorted Delica beads
a few swarovski crystals
Minus the fabric I estimated that to be around $100-$120 kit. What does anyone else think? Am I way off?
Updated 7 October 2011:
The kit is now out and its only $71.10 US!