The ground has been surveyed, the walls measured, and the materials gathered. Now it is time to build the siege ramp for this sartorial siege, or less metaphorically to quilt endless rows of stitches.
Stacks of pattern pieces ready for the final adjustment of the stuffing then quilting and assembly. From left to right: back, sleeves, front
Right side (ie. outside, blue side) of test piece, selvedge at left, thickest padding at top, thinnest padding at bottom
View of layers from the unfinished selvedge: blue linen-cotton blend above loosely-woven unbleached linen above 100% cotton quilt batting above densely-woven unbleached linen. Side seams are rolled over then whip-stitched to the densely-woven unbleached linen
An account entry for making a similar but fancier garment for a well-known client, courtesy of the Hathi Trust (page 34 of the Archaeologia article) and a footnote by Stella Mary Newton.
Aššurbanipal carries a basket of earth on his head, ready to renovate a temple in the same way that a university president ‘flips burgers’ at a BBQ or a CEO ‘drives the last spike’ of a railroad. British Museum object 90864. Photo courtesy trustees of the British Museum.