I had a wonderful offer from a dear friend, Vittoria. She’s amazing – She knows so much about crafting medieval and renaissance clothing that it boggles my mind sometimes..
So she offered a huge deal – to teach me how to make my own garb, patterns and all, from the skin out. By hand. If I do this, by hand, and using things like linen and silk and such for all threads and fabric, she’ll help me. Amazing, right? Also, I must blog it. 🙂
What makes it more awesome (not that much could, because WOW!!!! Learning from someone who’s a MASTER!) She also offered, if i do this project…. BEAUTIFUL fabric for the overdress… 🙂
So, there’ll be a new page up here in a minute, the Garb of Amazing Handsewingness, to help track some of my progress.
So far – List of articles I want to make, and ordering 5 yards of white linen for the underpants! 🙂
It will be SO AMAZINGLY FUN… 🙂
Sometimes, people are like me – I can’t make something decent looking without some kind of pattern. You should see my sideless surcotes… And I had help with those…
Now, if you’ve got Margo Anderson, Lynn McMasters, Period Patterns, Reconstructing History Patterns, AlterYears patterns, patterns sold at http://www.patternsoftime.com (there’s some good ones here I can’t find the actual manufacturer’s name) or Mantua Maker Patterns, You’re in pretty good shape. Most of their patterns are really good ones, and mostly historically accurate.
For those out there that are like me and mostly broke so you can’t afford the really good patterns, or just starting out making garb and eventually want to draft your own, here’s a bit of pattern critique for you, and ways of making the pattern at least moderately historically accurate if it’s not close already. These patterns are all from Burda, Simplicity, McCalls, or Butterick.
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So, I use mostly portraits to research costuming – it makes it so I’m sure of how it probably looked (artistic license makes it impossible to know for sure), and it’s fun to make a dress in the style of my favorites.
Something I’ve been working on lately is fastening the dresses – being a SCAdian, and going to a lot of camping events being single – means either having to figure out how to fasten everything in the front, or run around the campsite yelling ‘Can someone lace me in?’ That would be fun, but I can imagine the remarks ‘How bout I unlace you’ would be the most PG 13 of all of them.
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