Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Anniversary Present!

The hiatus is over now. :)
I've been waiting to post this one for quite a while. I initially held off because it was my husband's entry in Queen's Prize and I wanted to wait to post it until it was over. Then the mundane busy-ness happened.
My husband (who has started going by Gamble in the SCA) is awesome. I was traveling for five weeks prior to our first anniversary and he spent that time secretly plotting and planning my present. I came home to this:

  He looked through the Sarmatian books I'd left behind and referenced a bath robe and jacket I have to make the pattern and figure out the measurements. The extra triangular sections on the front are there because the initial cut didn't wrap around as far as he wanted.
  We don't have a sewing machine, so he hand-sewed the entire thing. He's almost as new to sewing as me (and much better!) and wanted to play around with reversibility, so it's reversible. He used some of the fabric gifted to my by Juturna to imitate deerskin leather and found some polyester imitation silk at the local fabric store. He made it reversible for the heck of it and it is awesome.
   I'll take some measurements and update this post later so everyone has a tried and true kurta  pattern to work with.


  1. Wow, that looks great! :) Love the reversibility. Gamble did an awesome job!

  2. Sarah Van TasselJuly 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    This is fantastic! Did you ever end up posting a pattern for it? I would love to have a better idea of how to construct something like this!

  3. Not for this piece specifically, and I won't be. He didn't make a mock-up and I don't want to take this apart to get the piece shapes. It's also shaped very specifically to accommodate my less-than-common proportions.
    But I do have a couple posts on kurta patterns in general:
    A base kurta pattern here:
    But check this post to make some modifications before cutting one out:
    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions that aren't answered in those posts.