Today I hemmed the sleeves, put the trim on, trimmed the neckline and hemmed the skirt. I used the trim to close the neckline a little more. I stitched the bottom of the trim to the cut edge of the neck and ran a double line of stitching around. This will keep the trim in place and help protect the cut edge of the fabric from fraying. The trim makes a bit of a stand up neckline. I'm very happy with the way it came out.
I decided to do some decorative stitching on the hem as I was a bit short of trim. I used the remaining trim as a period belt. 9th century celtic women didn't have belts with metal fixtures, they were woven. The trim is wide enough to work.
This is the trim I used.
The decorative stitching at the hem is using the ruching stitch on my machine.
Lessons I've learned on this:
1. It is easier to cut off extra fabric than to add fabric once it is cut off. MEASURE TWICE! The neckline would have been much easier if I had done this.
2. Get extra trim! I never seem to have enough.
To round out the Celtic look I have a 3 yard piece of plaid in cotton that I'm going to wear over one shoulder, under the belt, then spread out on the bottom like a skirt.
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