torsdag 23 juni 2016

One of the most important links you'll ever need

If you want to make clothes from the late 14th-early 15th century that is.

La cotte simple

As must be obvious to anyone reading this blog I prefer the early 14th century rather than the later, and generally the High Middle Ages, before the Plague. I haven't made a Gothic fitted dress for myself since the late 90s, but the method for making a self supportive bodice is good also for 16th century gowns, like my blue wool gown. And there's so much more useful information about clothing in the Late Middle Ages that it's worth having a look even if you don't particularly want a fitted late 14th century gown.

I realize that the main reason that I haven't posted about Tasha Dandelion Kelly's web site is that I assume that everybody already knows about it. But maybe not everybody does. So! Go there!

torsdag 16 juni 2016

My husband's mi-parti tunic

So, ten minutes ago I sewed the last button on my husband Budde's new mi-parti tunic from around 1300. I used the remnants of the wool fabric I printed for my gown and some of the new red wool fabric I got in Borås.

He's away playing X-wing right now, so I can't make him put on hose, shirt, shoes and hat, with it to show you, but here it is, hanging on my fabric cupboard.

Detail shot of the hand made button holes and the brass buttons (which are not based on a find, but I thought that they look okay, and I got them for free from my neighbour Anna).

lördag 11 juni 2016

A picnic

It is early summer and the barony of Gotvik had a picnic in a nearby park. Not many of us showed up, but those of us who did had a very pleasant afternoon. And I wore my new printed gown for the first time.

Me and Alfhild posing.

And Budde and me.

I was goign to finish Budde's new tunic - mi-parti in the printed wool and the red wool I bought a few weeks ago, but I've been ill. I also didn't have any suitable buttons at home. So he wore one that I made in 2003. But the hose are new; I made them at DoubleWars in May.

Alfhild in  silk brocade, Budde relaxing on a blanket.

And then Julia turned up.

And Gaby and Linus.

Mayken brought a friend from school. Luckily I have lots of medieval clothes for kids, since Mayken has older twin sisters.

I made Pyes de Pares (Pies of Paris), which even the kids enjoyed.

onsdag 8 juni 2016

Women's hair headwear from the later 14th century - some images

While having an SCA officers' meeting yesterday the topic of headwear to use with a gothic fitted dress came up. So, I thought that I'd put up some good pictures for Katarina Krognos to look at. The selection method is: "pretty pictures that I have on my computer hard drive".  So, in short: there are much more comprehensive collections of images of headwear from this period out there on the net, but at least there may be some that you haven't seen yet.

Hairnets, which suits the younger unmarried girls better than us middle aged ladies.

Another for the young unmarried girl. If you're Italian: a small net on the back of the head.

BNF Français 343 - Queste del Saint Graal Tristan de Léonois Folio1r 
Milan, Italy 1380 - 1385

The always popular frilled veils, ca 1370

Weltchronik, Germany, Regensburg, ca. 1360. MS M.769 fol. 139r.

Three slightly ruffled veils on top of each other. Missal of Louis de Male.

Two ruffled veils on top of each other. Speculum Humane Salvationis, German or Austrian 1360s

Braids folded and hanging down by the temples, and a circlet. Again not that suitable for us without  a veil on top.

 Berry petit heures (Burgundy)

The same hair-do on an Enlish effigy.

Here with a very pretty sheer veil, for us married women. The wind is interesting to arrange.

Braids peeking out under a veil, Italian 1370s-80s

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

A seriously wacky hat and veil combo from the Grandes Chroniques de France. Plus a veil with a roll on it and a horn shaped veil in the back far left.

Open hoods are nice. This one from Roskilde in Denmark has wrapped her liripipe around the head.

At least it becomes very obvious is that I am much more interested in the earlier 14th century, around 80% of the images in my collection are from before 1340. At least that makes me original in a country where most re-enactors equals 14th century with the period from 1360-70 to 1400.