fredag 23 mars 2018

Close-up of closures in the 15th century

Last week I was in New York - a big adventure, though spent in a very familiar way: museums and a conference. I took no less than 1993 photos, though about half of them are of the signs telling what I actually had photographed.

Since so many art historians (and others) have used the collections of the Metropolitan museum of Art, that most of the paintings are well-known by anyone interested in historical costume. Still, it's nice to have your own photos, and when you're there you can take detail shots of things that interest you - like closures on clothing in the 15th century.

Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio: Madonna and child, 1470s. Both nice ladder lacing on the bodice and a good view of the ties on the sleeves.

Raffaellino del Garbo 1490s-1500? Detail of sleeve closed with pairs of clasps? Or buttons?Note the stripes on the smock.

Domenico Ghirlandaio 1488, close up of boy's sleeve closures. Look at the fur lining showing and the lovely brocade too.

Davide Ghirlandaio: Selvaggia Sassetti 1487-88 - look at the beatiful little metal "eyes" for lacing.

This one's from the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum. Nice view of the front opening.

Close-up - you can really see the pleating, the ties,  and the smock under the gown.

And then a Flemish Madonna from the Met, look at the buttons on her sleeve. Master of teh legend of St.Ursula, late 15th century.

More Flemish, Hans Memling: the Annunciation, 1465-75. Nice buttoned sleeve.

söndag 11 mars 2018

And the second painted chest is finished

And tonight, the night before I leave for New York and the Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages  conference at Fordham University, I finished my second clothes chest.

The first one had a variety of courtly couples on it (see it here) For this one I decide to keep to one medieval story, the story of Lancelot and Guinevere.

I want to move one of the hinges about one millimetre, but that will have to wait until I get back.

tisdag 6 mars 2018

Regency outing

Today the various university departments here in Gothenburg had a chance to present themselves to high school students and I had been asked my my department, the Department of Historical Studies, to represent hisitory - and to dress up for it. Since the archaeologist showed a 12th century skull we decided that it was better with another time period than medieval. So I put on one of my regency outfits. It was a bit tricky, since hubby wasn't at home to help me with the ties in the back of the gown. I managed, but couldn't really hide the ties properly by myself. Luckily I ran into hubby downtown who not only took a photo of me, but also helped my with the ties.

On my way out, channeling my inner Mrs Bennet.

Outdoor selfie.

The photo Rickard took outside a part of the university library.

After the presentation I met up with my daughter Valeria and we went in to the libarary together, where some more photos were taken.

söndag 4 mars 2018

Nordmark Coronet Tourney

It was a lovely event, with wonderful people and lovely sunny weather with no wind.

I stayed in a cabin with hubby and two friends. Getting dressed after arriving:

Coronet Tournye took place on the tennis court outside the building where the event was held.

Lali, Gele, my Laurel, mistress Helwig, and Druda.

Rickard and I

Posing in winter clothes

I made a scroll, knitted some, hung out with friends, sold a gown that is way too big and drank too much alcohol :)

måndag 26 februari 2018

Painting more glasses

Since last weekend I am no more the baroness of Gotvik, and have passed on the glasses and cases that I made to the next baron and baroness. Of course I have replicas of historical glasses, but ever since I first saw them I have been fascinated by painted glasses from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Especially the beaker shaped ones from the High Middle Ages, I wrote about them here, with a few pictures.

Unfortunately I haven't found anyone who makes plain beaker shaped historical glasses, they always have some kind of decoration. I am not sure if I would have dared to harden the paint in the oven with a historical replica either, but probably.

Since I can't have historcial replicas to paint on I have had to make do with a substitute with reasonably the right shape: beer glasses.
The upside to this is that they are very hard to break. And you can get them cheaply from 2nd hand shops.

The motif is my badge, surrounded by flowers, which were taken from the Aldrevandini Beaker in British museum, made in Venice in the 1330s.

The arms of the Aldrevandini family also has antlers, which provided the basic shape for the ones on my glasses, which are my personal badge in the SCA.

In the SCA you can register both your heraldic device/arms and one or more badges. This is based on a period practice: Since arms were hereditary it was  common among the nobility at least in the Later Middle Ages to also have some kind of badge which signified yourself, rather than your family In the SCA arms are personal so the distinction between the two is roughly that my arms say "here's Aleydis" and my badge say "I belong to Aleydis". Badges can be jointly owned too, so that they signify for instance a household, and while my badge technically is registered to me only it can be used by any member of my family/household.

My badge is a deer's antler with a white cinquefoil, that is a flower with five petals, om each tine. The flowers reflect my device, and I got inspired to put them on the tines of the antlers from this Codex Manesse image.

Next step is to make  box for all six glasses that will make it easy to bring them to events.

onsdag 21 februari 2018

More re-making

They keep growing  :)

I made this gown from Maja in 2016, intentionally too big, so that a class mate could use it for a theater play they put up at school.

This photo is from Double Wars 2017. As you can see it's vaguely Italian, say 1550s-1560s.

Then she grew and the bodice fit much better but the waist is a bit higher, making it more of a c. 1500 Italian gown. So I unpicked the black trim that went down to the waist both in the front and in the back, inspired by the trim placement on Eleonora di Toledo's gown.  Her changed shape meant that the neck opening was too narrow, so I had to unpick that trim too and widen it.

I also made tie-in sleeves and added some of the yellow fabric (the very last piece) at the bottom of the skirt.

She's really not that keen on having her photo taken ;)

fredag 9 februari 2018


I had hoped that it would be enough to take in the bodice of this gown only in the sides, and not have to unpick the gold trim and all the fake pearls around the neck, but unfortunately not. I tried, and I tried, but in the end I had to cut off the straps in front and move them closer to the middle.

Yesterday I sewed the skirt to the bodice by hand at Gotvik's sewing meeting, which I hold bi-weekly at my place.

The sleeve bands are too wide over the biceps too, but I'm not sure if I want to take them in permanently yet, since I have started going to the the gym every second day.

This is how it should be worn: with a loose gown over the kirtle and with some kind of headwear.

The page where I discuss the outfit more in detail.