Sunday, January 14, 2018

So You Want to Improve in Your Craft?


Ten years ago, I didn't really know how to sew. I also didn't know much more than the basics about late medieval clothing. When I look back, it's actually pretty shocking to have learned so much in a mere decade, but I can also see that it wasn't by accident. Everyone's journey in their craft is different, and it's important to understand and accept that not every road leads to somewhere exciting, but improving in your chosen art or craft comes with some pretty important standard procedures. Today I'd like to do my best to walk through the ones that help me.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Edyth's Doppelgänger Challenge Recap Part Two

Doppelgänger No. 17 from British Library MS Harley 4431, The Queen’s Book, fol. 100.
As I mentioned last week, my Doppelgänger Challenge allowed me to learn some things that have been valuable to understanding how to recreate the early 15th Century, and specifically my middle class townswoman persona. Today, I'm going to share a few that I feel are great take-aways for anyone to better understand how to find success in recreating this period.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Edyth's Doppelgänger Challenge Recap Part One


Back in May, I challenged myself to spend the rest of the year doing what I called "Edyth's Doppelgänger Challenge". For every event, and every day at the event, I would wear an outfit that matched one in a manuscript image as closely as I was able. I limited myself to the early portion of the 15th century, and to using only French or Franco-Flemish manuscript sources (which is the focus of my clothing research.) You can read the original text of my challenge below.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Links of Interest


We've entered the swing of the holiday season here in the US, and this is already turning out to be a very family-focused time for me this year. I've also had to fit in some sewing projects. The image above is a good ol' fashioned action shot of me sewing an overcast seam on a pilgrim bag I just finished. So since I didn't have enough time to put together a more typical blog post today, I wanted to share a few links to some things that may be of interest.

Katafalk, who focuses on several types of historical tailoring and crafts, has recently become more active on her blog again. (Hooray!) She posted a few weeks back about set-in sleeves, and I couldn't love this article enough. She goes into some of the common issues and troubleshoots them so that you can adjust your basic pattern (such as the one you might get from my sleeve patterning tutorial) to something more specific to your body and your garment. If sleeves are giving you trouble, I highly suggest this one.

Friend and fellow Midrealmer, Sarai at Clothing the Past has published a basic guide to patterning a fitted dress (cote, kirtle, cotehardie). She's developed this method to work with larger groups of women at local workshops, so it can be considered a bare bones beginner method that will get you started. If you want to make a fitted dress just to see if it's a period style you would enjoy, but other methods feel too intimidating or intense, I recommend looking over her method and giving it a shot.

Did you know I have an Instagram account? I share glimpses into what I'm doing over there that I don't post elsewhere (like that finished pilgrim bag I mentioned above.) It's a great, low-key alternative to following me on Facebook too. I'd be delighted if you followed me!

This gorgeous silk hood by Lady Malina has already been sold, but it's such a pretty hood (and inspiring to boot!), I couldn't resist sharing.

I'll be MIA for the next few weekends, but during that time, I'll have worn the last of my Doppelgänger Challenge outfits. When I return in mid-December, I'll have a full recap on that experience and what I learned from it. I'm looking forward to that.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How I Dress for Cold Weather Events


In my neck of the woods, we can expect the possibility of a cool weather event between October and April. (Though that’s definitely not a guarantee- Midwest weather is fairly unpredictable.) It’s important to pay attention to weather forecasts heading into the weekend, because being unprepared for the weather is one sure-fire way to ruin an event. When I think back about events I was miserable at, in many cases it was because I was dressed too lightly.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

On My Worktable


After the rush of getting things done for my elevation, I decided to just chill out for a bit, and turn my attention to some other areas of my life. Which of course resulted in a bit of a longer break from productivity than I intended. So now I'm like a car with a battery that needs to be recharged. Despite this, I do have a few projects on my table that I'm at least giving the sidelong glance to as I work my way back to a productive pace. Here's what's on my radar.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Project Complete: Apprenticeship

Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support and love on my last post. I'm so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community!

So I figured I'd start this post where I left off on the last one. By that point, I had finished my new chemise, and finished refitting the gray wool dress.

I had washed and line-dried the blue herringbone wool for a new cote to wear during my vigil and into court. I used the two larger pattern pieces of my chemise to cut the wool as a symmetrical dress. I had intended on doing a front lacing, but when I got everything sewn together to try it on, I really liked the plain front look, and decided not to mess with a good thing. (Good thing too, I would not have had enough time to sew all the eyelets!)

Easy to get a bit cross-eyed sewing this herringbone.