Brian (annodomini) wrote,

Topology & Modern Art

I just spent the last few hours finishing sewing up the hood that I started before last Pennsic. I have some nice green wool, and a linen lining, and I got everything cut out, the wool and linen sewn into hood shapes, and then I put them together right side to right side, sewed the faces together, and sewed the bottoms together. I even thoughtfully left the liripipe off the lining, so I'd have a gap that I could pull it through to turn it right side out. I did not, however, think my cunning plan quite all the way through. Since, if I sew it all together right side to right side and evert it, the lining attaches at the face, and then comes around on the outside to attach around the bottom. Basically, it looks like two hoods, joined together at the face and at the bottom; it could almost be a piece of modern art, if you hung it up and wrote a bunch of meaningless stuff about how it represented the id and the superego devouring each other.

Anyhow, it's late, so it looks like I'll be spending some quality time tomorrow with the seam ripper, and actually thinking in a bit more depth about the topology and how to get those seams sewn so that it comes out right when I turn it the right way around.

Speaking of which, who all is going to Pennsic? Is there anyone I should be meeting up with while there? trilobites and I will be heading out this weekend, and staying through both peace week and war week, though we're not sure exactly if we'll be showing up on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.
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You are the second person in less that 24 hours I have heard refer to the first week/land grab as peace week. When did this nomenclature come to be? I am just curious. I had never heard it before, and now twice in less than 24 hours.
I honestly can't tell you. I know I've heard some people call it peace week at previous Pennsics, but I have no idea who. I used peace week instead of land grab, since lang grab can be a bit ambiguous; it could mean you're actually going to be there for land grab itself, on Saturday morning, or any time during the first week, and since I didn't want to imply that we'd be there for actual land grab, I decided to use peace week.
Ah! The beauties of hood topology. (Yes, I did exactly the same thing, fixed it, and then proceeded to attach the lining in such a way that the seams were on the wrong side.) I believe that hoods are designed to be sewn three times before they're right.
Yep, that's why I plan to actually sit down and try to think the topology all the way through, since I know that if I just rip the seam out and do the most obvious next step, I'm going to put the seams on the wrong side or something like that.
I've never sewn a hood, but may I suggest leaving one of the inner lining seams (as opposed to one of the places where the lining attaches to the outer fabric) un-sewn until you've turned, and then hand-stitching that last seam. That way your edges will all be uniform.
I'll be there. Swing by Coill Tuar. I'll be getting in on Saturday.