söndag 8 juli 2018

A medieval wedding

Well, not technically a medieval wedding, because at least in Sweden that would mean agreement between the fathers of the couple and the family of the bride placing her in his bed, but a weddign in medieval clothes, with medieval music by harp and voice.

It was at Hunehals medieval day (this is how it looked last year). This year I did't camp, which I sort of regret. But we're leaving for Ireland on Tuesday and I really didn't want to deal with medieval camping gear at same time as packing for a week away. Especially not if it had rained so that we would have to dry a tent in our flat. It didn't rain, but I still tink that it was a good idea. I got tired and in pain just by packing away our clothing and feast gear yesterday evening.
But next year I will camp!

It was sunny and hot, so we tried to spend most of the tuime in what little shade we could find. I didn't bring a craft project, so I worked on a cap that Astridh was making for herself. She was making a new surcoat.

Astridh was singing at the wedding ceremony. She had also made a new Swedish translation/adaptation of Belle que tien ma vie , which was very moving. Mattias played the harp, here he is practising in camp:

For the ceremony he wore his  silk bliaut which now has got some more of the trim seewn on.

Mattias has been busy sewing, because he also has a new early 14th century gown - here posing with my hubby (who looks gogeous as always) wearign clothing from the same period.

Makgn new garb seem to be the thign fro Gotvik's members. Ysabel had made a new Italian 15th century gown and that style and that colour really suits her.

Oh, and here's the weddng. I was a witness and stood beside the officiant. At the moment we are listening to Astridh singing.

lördag 23 juni 2018

Exploring Gunnebo House and gardens in Regency clothes

While the regency/empire picnic in September last year was a success Anna and I felt that it would be nice to do something (even) less demanding and organized. So we decided to just put on our gowns and take the bus to Gunnebo, sit and sketch in the English garden, explore the kitchen gardens and the park and have tea and cake at the tea room

In case of chilly weather I made a spencer from lilac cotton sateen this week. It turned out to be sunny, but not too hot to wear the spencer on the way there. That sateen (a sheet on sale) was one of the first fabrics I bought for empire clothing, it just took a while to get around to actually make it. The matching bonnet was made already last autumn.

Gunnebo House

We sat down in the English garden and talked and I took the likeness of Anna with my pencil.

Since it got warmer I removed not only my spencer, but the lower sleeves of my muslin gown, when it was time to explore the kitchen gardens and take tea in the tea room.

Anna leading the way up through the formal gardens

Me in the kitchen gardens after tea.

 When we had finished exploring we went thorugh the woods to the same lake as last autumn and had a long swim.
Then we changed into modern clothing and walked the 2,5 kilometres to the centre of Mölndal, where the trams home leave from. It was just such a nice day that it seemed like a wast to sit on a bus when one could walk.

We passed through Mölndals Kvarnby, with small old houses and old mills.

söndag 3 juni 2018

Lödöse medieval days

On a very hot day (27 degrees C in the shades) I went to Lödöse medieval market with some friends.

I bought two handmade brass veil pins and four olive soaps, and that's all.

torsdag 24 maj 2018

This is how happy you look...

...when you have finished your ca. 1330 Italian outfit.

Now to the task of writing a page about it, but that will have to wait, I have real life work to do, and I still have a bad cold.

tisdag 22 maj 2018

Help me research YOU!

So, I have this side research project gong on, studying you, and myself, for a conference paper, and I would like you help me. I have made a survey on the re-creation and wearing of medieval dress.

About the survey:
This survey is a part of a research project on the choices and priorites made by people who re-create medieval clothing. It is inclusive and tries to cover both re-enactors, groups such as the SCA, LARPers and those who make medieval clothing In other contexts. For the purpose of the study "medieval" has been defined as the priod 500-1600. The 16th century has been included even if it's not part of the Middle Ages, because one of the largest groups which re-create medieval clothing, the SCA, include the 16th century in their re-created time period.
There will be questions both about your ow choices and practices and about you opinion on the choices and practices fo others. In the latter case "others" can be other people in general, or people taking part in the same re-creating activity as you do, the interpretation is up to you and you can define which in the comments if you want to.
You do not have to answer all questions, but the results will be more reliable if you do, so I am grateful if you complete the whole survey.
The point of the survey is not to judge, either from a point of period correctness or based on any moral criteria, but to study practices among those who make and wear medieval clothing. I will not judge you either for making all your garb from polyester and glue, nor for wanting to (metapphorically) burn those who do.  It is anonymous, and the information you provide about yourself will only used for statistics and not published in connection with any individual comments or answers.

About me: My name is Eva I Andersson and I am a historian working at the Department of Historical Studies at Gothenburg University in Sweden. I eared my PhD in 2006 on a dissertation medieval dress in Sweden and Norway. Since then I have mainly studied Early Modern dress, gender, and consumption. My professional web page can be found here

I have also made historical clothing, mainly medieval, since 1993, and this experience lies behind my interest in the practices of  re-creating medieval dress. (You know this if you're reading my blog ;) )

The survey can be found here.

måndag 21 maj 2018

söndag 20 maj 2018

I've made the first item in my 1330s outfit from Genoa

So, in March I wrote about this illustration from the Cocharelli Treatise on the Vices.

If you follow the link above you will find some reasoning about the clothes depicted, and further links to other posts that I have written about the weird high waisted gowns of late 13th-early 14th century Italy.

Surprising no-one I decided for an insane striped version, though I plan to make the white version too later, from white cotton muslin I think.

I had to look around for a while to find striped brocade, because I didn't feel much like piecing together two brocades to make stripes. To my great joy I found it at Vedah Designs on Etsy, and promptly bought all of it :) I also got lining tehre, because you don't want to wear unlined brocade with those floating metal threads on the back of the fabric.

The lining is a shot silk mix in bright pink and saffron yellow.

And this is the tunic. 

There is gold trim around the neck, wrists and armscyes, and along the seam on the back of the sleeve.

I have cut out the pieces for the overgown, but haven't started on the sewing yet.