I did not fight on Saturday. INSTEAD, I ACHIEVED A STEP CLOSER TO MY GOALS. Well, a goal anyway. I want to look like Robinet Testard painted me and I walked into an event. It’s a weird goal, but it is mine. Relatedly: a few months ago, I decided to spend more time on details… Continue reading Dress like the Testard illumination you wish to see in the world
I have a few “I MADE A THING” posts in the drafts right now. but I’m sort of in a thinky/reflective mood about my stuff. I think I need bigger skirts. Now, stay with me here: I think there are 2 things happening with most of my garb. I don’t have enough support under my… Continue reading Navel Gazing about skirt width.
A quick prelude to this narrative before we get too far: I have ADHD. Mostly inattentive type. I am spacey as hell. I have a professional diagnosis. But it’s better if you think of ADHD less as “SQUIRREL” and more of an inability to regulate focus. This means I can be really spacey or I… Continue reading Weekend Project: A Norse Saga.
Caps? Coifs? Hoods? Whatever France, 1490s headwear for the ladies! This is the handout for the class I taught in November. I will say that Madamoiselle Hemiole’s version is my current favorite. But with very small updates, this is the same text that was taught then. Last updated November 10, 2018 – Stellar University of… Continue reading Patterning Late 15th century French Coifs
Humans are storytellers. We thrive on stories of conflict and change. All stories have that in common. There’s a cast, a problem, a conflict over the problem, then a solution. History lovers (and I include myself in this group) are drawn to periods where things are happening. It’s half the reason we have so many… Continue reading OH NO, EVERYTHING’S MOSTLY OK: Challenges in Studying a Stable Period
WHAT’S THIS, YOU HAVE PLANS AND DEADLINES AND SEWING TIME? time to prioritize! Flat fell and put neckline trim on new Red wool gown (Done by the end of this week). Fix Chain mail (done by the end of this weekend. New fencing shirt (Next week?) New fencing Doublet (Cold day job) Finish Blue kirtle… Continue reading To do for December
I love “how to get dressed in x year” videos. They are fantastic, sometimes (!) accurate and means that I can dress for my future access to a time machine quickly and wear all the correct layers. Anyway, this was going to be a rant about how older clothing is more complex due to shifting… Continue reading Hard truths: All the layers are important.
Just when you think you’re done with the Burgundian shenanigans, they’re back. Hold on to your hoods, this is a long post.
When I made my first period gown, I had no idea what I was doing.
Two years ago, I tried to make a burgundian. It worked… sort of. This year, I made a burgundian. It was FABULOUS.