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Whoa, that's intense, dude!

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In-tents, that is.



Two years ago, I made this tent for my cat: http://fabricoftime.blogspot.com/2013/11/neils-tent-what-to-do-when-you-have-too.html, and all three of my cats loved it so much that I had to make more. The plans languished for a long time. It was surprisingly hard to find hula hoops to make the tent frames. After many months, I finally found some that were small and cheap enough, but the project languished even longer because it's frivolous and I always have more important sewing projects (sorry, cats).


Then one of my favorite blogs, Cation Designs, decided to host a cat themed sew-along this month: http://cationdesigns.blogspot.com/2015/09/introducing-put-cat-on-it-sew-along.html. I just read the post last week and was immediately inspired to make more cat tents. I hate to be a typical modern American and complain about how busy I am, but honestly, I am quite overwhelmed lately. However, this is such a simple project and the thought of participating in a sew-alon…

18th Century Hunting Shirt

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This hunting shirt is the first that I've tried to make. It went very well because I had help from an expert, but there were some small issues that I'd like to record for future reference. I entered this project in the Historical Sew Monthly (http://thedreamstress.com/the-historical-sew-monthly-2015/) for September, so I'll start with the information for the challenge.
The Challenge: Color Challenge Brown

Fabric:100% linen, unbleached tow linen shirting

Pattern: None--I used Neal Hurst's thesis, "Kind of armour, being peculiar to America: The American Hunting Shirt"
(https://www.academia.edu/3336557/_kind_of_armour_being_peculiar_to_America_The_American_Hunting_Shirt),
images including "The Surrender of General Burgoyne" by John Trumbull
(http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/historic-rotunda-paintings/surrender-general-burgoyne),
and input from my sewing advisor.

Year: 1770's, though it can be used for about 1750-1800

Notions: 100% linen thread for han…