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I’m finishing up the bright red wool kirtle and this time around I need some dress pins to keep the sleeves on.

I remembered Catrin’s pin making tutorial but knew I didn’t have the right gauge wire on hand, but I did have some decorative head pins left over from making the  green tudor gown.

I followed the same process Catrin’s tutorial showed, save that I didn’t have to wire wrap to make the head of the pin, and I don’t have a jewelry anvil. I work-hardened the length of the pin by hammering it flat on my front porch, nipped the ends with wire cutters and sanded it down with a file.

 

Dress pins made from jewelry findings

 

 

Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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