My name is Gillian, and after having been a lurker for several years (goodness, that's embarrassing) I decided it was time to stop being silly and just register. I guess I ought to give a quick bit about myself so that I'm not just some odd stranger asking for help
I live in California and am currently in college. Someone started to teach me to sew in scouts when I was 10 or so, but the lessons ended at "here's how to lay out the pattern", when we were moved on to the next great thing (wish I could remember what that was). Six or seven years later, I picked up the (horrendously incorrect medieval costume pattern) pieces and proceeded to finish it, learning how to sew along the way. How I made the change to 'civil war era' I will never know, but once I found this forum, there was no going back. Sewing has since become a terrible addiction in the best of ways.
I've been to one reenactment at Roaring Camp in 2010 and had a lovely time, but have yet to rework the fit of my dresses as I found out during the event that my corset wasn't quite fit right *sigh*. I guess I can't complain though, as I'm quite happy with them as my first attempts, and nothing was painful (thank goodness-it would have been a very long weekend otherwise). I have photos of them here, as I'm guessing you all like pictures as much as I do, and it's always nice to see those you are meeting, even if it is over the internet.http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/gillybilly727/Sewing/Clothing/
Now for the actual question:
I recently got a parasol off of ebay (marquis, I believe is the type) and it has me perplexed. I believe I understand the mechanics of recovering it, and most of the cover and lining are intact (yay!) which ought to help, but it was my understanding that parasols of this type were covered in black silk taffeta and lined in china silk. The one I got, however, seems to be covered in satin with a brownish/olive tint to it. I can write the color off to fading through the years (as the lining is decidedly black), but the satin has me stumped. Was this normal and I've just missed all the examples, or did just get the odd duck?
I have pictures here:http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/gillybilly727/Sewing/
If closer pictures/ different angles/ anything else would help, let me know and I'll get them as soon as possible. I would just like to recover it as close to original as possible, and this seemingly satin material goes against everything that I have read with regards to recovering this type of parasol. Any light you might be able to shed on this would be beyond appreciated, and if I've missed some terribly basic bit of parasol information, feel free to send the dunce cap my way
(And don't worry, I do intend to turn a new lower handle and color match it to the rest of the handle & finial, I just haven?t decided what shape would look best/have been most common with the plain, stick-like finial)
Sorry for writing a short novel, and thank you in advance for any help.