I like fixing things.
This is a valuable trait in an underfunded hobbyist. I learned early on that otherwise unattainable items often become affordable when slightly damaged. Most repair work isn't terribly difficult and there is something enormously satisfying about returning a broken piece to its former glory.
Nowadays, most of the things I fix belong to someone else. This is the case with Kellye's hand-embroidered Cary Nelson Arabian costume.At first glance there is absolutely nothing wrong with this beautiful piece...
However, a peek under the flaps reveals a broken billet strap.
Because the other billets are also showing signs of wear, I decided to remove them in their entirety and start from scratch.
I made the new billets from 1/8" kangaroo lace.
I secured the billets to the saddle flap with a dab of glue and then sewed them into place.There wasn't really anything wrong with the old girth, but Kellye wanted something that would be a bit easier to use.
I made her a contour English style girth with elastic on both ends and roller tongue buckles.
Nothing is ever truly finished until I've actually tried it on a model. Happily, this passes muster!
One last look at Kellye's beautiful costume before I box it up and send it back to her...
I've always been a big fan of Cary Nelson's work and it was a great pleasure to have this piece in my possession even if it was only here for a week or two!