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Company of Saint Sebastian kit and equipment standards (continued)

 


 

Useful sewing equipment


 
Needles - variety of sizes for different weights of fabric, canvass and leather Fabric scissors
Linen thread - white, black, brown and blue Paper scissors
Waxed linen - for point holes etc. Needle threaders
Thread that closely matches fabrics Tape measure
Silk thread - livery badges Awl - for teasing apart fabric for point holes
Pins - for fitting Steel rule
Scalpel Brown paper - for making patterns
Un-picker Cheap fabric - for making patterns
Tailor's Chalk Patterns for reference

Additional note: It is useful to have a set of brass needles, some 'snips' and a ball of linen thread for use at re-enactment events, as these can be used when on public display.

 

Important skills

A pair of points

Photograph WW Forsythe, 2009

  Point holes

Point holes are essential to master. They are used on a huge variety of garments including arming doublets, padded jacks, regular doublets, hose and pourpoints. They act as the holes for lacing linen, silk and leather points and are used to fasten garments and hold armour and hose in place.

They are usually sewn in pairs enabling the point to be threaded and tied into arming knots.

 

Image: Tips

You will need to use linen or waxed linen thread and have a 'awl' or rounded pointed implement  to hand to make holes.

For re-enactment kit, either the square or pentagonal methods of sewing point holes are common. The simplest is the square method and the instructions detail the basics.

Stitch a square as a guide to where the point hole is to be sewn. Sew round twice (reversing direction when you have completed the first square). This ensures that there are solid stitches on both sides of your fabric.

Using an awl (or round pointed implement) gently tease a hole through the fabric at the centre of the hole.

Using a double strand of thread, sew through the hole and back through the fabric over the square guide. Repeat this process until you have completed your point hole.

[For simplicity, the illustration to the right uses a single thread. The completed point holes are illustrated in square boxes and show how they should look when using a double strand.]

 

Making point holes


Instructions for basic point holes

Illustration WW Forsythe, 2009

Additional note: It is worth practicing sewing point holes onto fabric remnants as this will increase speed and consistency of manufacture. Although many people consider point holes to be a boring and repetitive task,  once you are familiar with the technique they are quick and easy to sew.

 

 

 
Commission of Array
Archery & Archers' Equipment
Armour & Sallets
Padded Jacks & Arming Doublets
Pole Arms & Hand Held Weapons
Doublets & Gowns
Livery Coats
Shirts & Other Linen Garments
Joined & Single Leg Hose
Belts, Pouches & Accessories
Boots & Other Footwear
Hats & Headgear
Miscellaneous Other Items
 
   

     
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This site was designed by WW Forsythe and is Company of Saint Sebastian, 2009. All photographs and other artwork are property of their respective owners, used with permission and credited accordingly.