At one time a conversation was had of making me some tunics. I have now the way to send money order to you for 3 or 4 of these. All one needs to know is how much this will be for? Below is some color ideas for them. You already have the measurements and previous conversation of use and being of these items. For one that works lives and wears them not just for 'Faire" or Festivals. Looking for Black grey or blue grey or red grey base colors all of which are of period style coloring.  White of course is actual natural color like those I already have, and not 'white' at all but a grayish.

I hope that these representations of color help. For working a forge is one of the many thing I do. Being able to move to set up a tent or carry items easy is as well good. I do tend to push up my sleeves as I work as well. My longer tunics are slit at the hips on the sides as well. And are of natural cotton material that is fairly good weight and non ripping easy. I tend to wear darker jeans as pants because most 'period' ones do not last long for they are not made to be worked in or are of a light and not lasting material. Shirts for me are the same issue at times.

I will need an name and address to sent the money order to you, once an amount is figured out.

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I shall go through The Stash and see what I have, as well as checking out the fabric store this weekend. Will get you pricing early next week; thanks, Drago!

Thank you pretty. I hope this was understandable. Figured where we had talked you would be able to translate this into something that was. If you could can I get a copy of the measurements you took just to record them here for referencing. Any ideas come to mind right off?

Shades Of Red

- Dandelion (root)
- Beets (deep red)
- Rose (hips)
- Red onion (skins)
- Chokecherries
- Madder

Shades Of Blue - Purple or Lavender

- Red cabbage
- Elderberries (deep lavender)
- Grapes
- Blueberries
- Cherry (roots)
- Blackberry (strong purple)s - simmer 2 pds. of fully ripe berries for 1/2 hour.
- Japanese indigo (deep blue)
- Red Cedar Root (purple) (Alum mordant.)
- Red Maple Tree (purple)(inner bark)iron mordant

Shades Of Grey - Black

- Iris (roots)

Shades Of Black

- Sumac (leaves) as well is interesting

Yo Drago,

No, I don't have any fabrics in stock that will work for this project.

Forge-proof fabrics are a bit tricky at the best of times, and I'm thinking that an outdoor upholstery-weight canvas may be the best option. Reasons being: flexibility=wearability; SOME earthy or dark colors are available; decent pricing; locally available; takes abuse well. The canvas I'm thinking of is 8 oz; regular utility canvas is 12 oz and pretty stiff. Good for pants but not tunics.

I checked the local supplier online but couldn't find the "rack" I was looking for - the website isn't set up nearly as well as the store - and I am not at all certain of the pricing. However, I don't know exactly how many yards I'll need anyway (not likely to need more than 4 yards, though). I found your measurements, but I didn't take measurements off the tunic you left with me, so I don't know the overall length of the garment. Do you have a measuring tape? If so, measure from the neckline at the center back straight down to the hem. If not, where do you want the hem of the tunic to fall - hip, mid-thigh, knee-length, etc.; and how tall are you? I can calculate it using those two pieces of info and it will be close enough.

The labor charge for a tunic is $40. Cost of materials is added to that, which gives some control over the final cost to the customer. For a "ballpark" price on a tunic, figure 3.5 or 4 yards at, let's say, $10 per yard. $5 for shop supplies; $10 for shipping (priority, insured).

Here are your measurements as taken last year:

Chest 48.5

Waist 49

Arm length 33

Bicep 16/19 (relaxed/flexed)

Forearm 14.75/15 (relaxed/flexed)

Neck 21

Wrist 8

Jean size 42-44/29

Outseam 36

Thigh 28

Calf 20.75

The labor charge for a tunic is $40. Cost of materials is added to that, which gives some control over the final cost to the customer. For a "ballpark" price on a tunic, figure 3.5 or 4 yards at, let's say, $10 per yard. $5 for shop supplies; $10 for shipping (priority, insured).

So we have $40.00 plus 4 x $10.00 plus $5 for one tunic equals $85.00 for each tunic then.

So if one wants 4 of them that is $340 with shipping of $10.00 the total amount is $350.00.

What terms or way of payment is preferred?

the measurement you asked of is: measure from the neckline at the center back straight down to the hem

44 inches

Thank you for a copy of my measurements.

Also could a picture example of the tunic that is to be made as well.

Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since I logged on; very very sorry!!

The $10 per yard figure was only for calculating an estimate. Please do not send any payments based on an estimate! I plan on being out and about mid-week and will stop at the fabric store to look at their selection of canvas-type fabrics, since those are agreeable to you.

I don't have a picture, no.....I was going to make yours based on your other tunic, which I have not made, so I have no pics. You're the prototype, my friend!

Hope your health continues to improve each day.

Ok so wait and see what you find. Just putting the figures into place and totaling up a guess so can ensure got what you tell of as you decide upon. Just wondering of look but understand if is first and new. Hope your pre season is going well.


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