tisdag 10 augusti 2021

My folk costume

 I have made a new apron for my folk costume, and I have updated the page for it so much that it is virtually a whole new page. Now it also has lots of preserved garments which I could/will add to my costume eventually.

tisdag 3 augusti 2021

All you wanted to know about my 13th century Spanish costumes

After a serious scare when Blogger decided to take down my blog because of alleged PHISHING activites- I kid you not - it is up again.

I mean, in the name of the Gods: This is an educational blog about costume history!

Anyway, the page about my 13th century Spanish costumes that I spent six hours working on still exists, and you can now find it here.

lördag 12 juni 2021

My striped saya encordata is finished

 As you might remember from my January post, this year I took up a project that I really should have both started or finished circa 20 years ago: A 13th century noble Castilian outfit based on both the preserved garments in Museo de Burgos, and on period illuminations, statues and other artwork.

I made the pellote, and I made the embroidered shift, but then I got sidetracked and instead of making the blue silk saya encordata I dediced to try the pattern that I had made on a slightly cheaper fabric. The fact that both the 13th century Spanish people and I were/are crazy about stripes probably contributed to this. And that I have been looking for an excuse to make something from this striped wool from Göteborgs Textil forever.

I have also been experimenting with the weird 13th century Spanish headwear. I have some theories, which also gives answers about how other types of pleated fillets were made in the rest of Europe in this period.  But that will have to wait until I have the energy to write down my documentation properly.

For now you will have to do with some photos of the finished outfit, and some of the inspiration. And yes, I couldn't be bothered to put on proper shoes - but apparently  winding 4 metres of linern with a pleated frill on it around my head wasn't too much work. Yes, I am weird.

torsdag 27 maj 2021

All I need now is an early 19th century ball

I finished this 1810s gown already in December, but then I "had" to make a silk petticoat to wear under it, and I wanted a matching spencer, which I finished ten days ago, and a turban, which I finished last week.

Then I was busy with my fantasy photo shoot, but yesterday Rickard and I got around to taking photos before he had to be at work at noon. The background is my living room, I hope to use this one at a ball some time, to get photos in a proper setting.

Anyway, I did make a page for it, where you will find more info and photos, it is here.

tisdag 25 maj 2021

An Earth fairy photo shoot

As part of my project of having a wire crown for each of the four elements, and a photo shoot as a fairy/an elf for each element I brought lots of stuff with me when hubby and I went to a cabin in the woods last weekend (this is where we went, we love that place). It's the same place where we took the Water Elf photos.

When I did my green fairy queen photos last spring I hadn't made the wire crown to go with that element - I only started making wire crowns in July, So I needed more green fairy queen photos. I decided not to have the same clothes, partly because the Venetian gown is a little bit too small now, partly because it's more fun to do something new.

Rickard took photos of me in two different outfits, one is my 12th century wool gown, and the other one was my wedding camicia, made after the 16th century camicia at the Metropolitan Museum, combined with a sleeveless spencer that I intend to wear with my Regency ball gown that I made this winter. There will be photos of this too eventually, I'm just trying to figure out if I can sneak into a house to get a good environment for those photos.

But, that's for later, here are some of my photos, and a video, with my Earth fairy crown.


Yes, I had a hard time choosing ;)

On the porch of our cabin, with my hair  wrapped  around some elastic to keep it curly while I changed to  the next outfit.

Camicia and spencer.

The best pohotos of that outfit was without the crown, however.

tisdag 18 maj 2021

Plague Wars, new 15th century gown etc

So, last week, Thursday to Sunday was Plague Wars, the online substitute for the biggest camping event in Drachenwald (SCA Kingdom covering Europe, Israel and South Africa) and one of the most important things that I do every year. It gives me joy and relaxation, and usually plenty of time to go swimming. Here and here you can see photos from Double Wars 2019.

At was so lovely to see all these lovely people, to hang out in break out rooms for the after court party (I got quite drunk and happy on Saturday).

It als gave me the opportunity to dress up. On Thursday evening I wore a new hand sewn cotton Italian 15th century gamurra.  

I really have the perfect profile of a substantial quattrocento woman. I will write more about the gamurra later, it will get its own page.

I wore the same outfit on Friday, where I first gave a lecture on the regulation of dress for "common" or "loose" women in medieval and early modern Scandinavia, called "No scarlet for bad girls". It was taped, and when it has been edited I will let you know. For my Scandinavian readers: I did write an article about this in 2014, you can find it in this book: Auður Magnúsdóttir, Bagerius, Henric & Hermanson, Lars (red.), Det våras för medeltiden: vänbok till Thomas Lindkvist, Inst för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, 2014

I also did hairtaping on non braided hair for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately my hair isn't as long as I would like it to be for this style.

Then I had organized a small picnic for a few friends in a nearby park.

Lady Alfhild de Foxley in 15th century Northern European clothing. 

Me munching melon


Fru Ingeborg Svantepolksdotter and Fru Jehane Arbonne rocking the 1250-1325 style which I also wear most of the time.

The rest of Friday was spent making a scroll for the blank scroll competition. I hadn't done any work with gold in over a year, sop it wasn't perfect, but good enough to get quite a lot of votes.

On Saturday I hung out with people and sewed on zoom, and made medieval food for the evening.
I also made some of my favourite food that I eat on Double Wars, which isn't medieval as far as I know: bread made in a cast iron skillet wioth butter and wild garlic. There is so much wild garlic at the Double Wars site. 
And this year I got a pallet collar outside our block of flats and there I have, among other things, wild garlic. 
Wearing my Italian c. 1300 cotton gown for cooking, and picking wild garlic.

The dinner that I made was Lasini and fungi di monte, both from a 15th century Italian cookbook.

Then I changed into my mint green mid 14th century Italian outfit for court (and after party).

The most important thing on Saturday court was Master Antonio beign elevated to teh Order of the Defense, but I also got a surprise:

Made by Edward Boreham.

The Orden des Lindquistringes, my first service award outside of my barony.

That was really a great party, so next day when I was biking 5 kilometres (one way) and back to meet some friends I was rather tired. This is my biking outfit, and when I got home I tied up my braids (they don't fit under the bike helmet anyway) and hung out until five minutes before court.

And pulled my silk brocade gown over it, added a veil and put on my coronet.

torsdag 25 mars 2021

A checked muslin dress from the 1810s

The gown has been finished for a couple of weeks, and the chemisette for abotu a week, and today I had the energy to get dressed and take photos with my phone and a tripod outside a local manor house from the 1840s.
It was cold and overcast, with some drops of rain too, so the curls that I had worked on just disappeared. But I really like the photos. The house is an office now, but because of the pandemic there didn't seem to be anyone there, which of course is just as well when you're taking photos of yourself in funny clothes just outside their house.

Here is a page about it, with more photos and info, some inspiration fashion plates etc.