Making a Stocking Pattern

Wanna make stockings for your sexy 14-16th century kit?

Wanna be lazy and not have to draft or drape them?

YEAH, ME TOO!  So join me and wrap your legs in duct-tape, it’s the best! Read more ›

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Red Dress

I recently found and marathoned through the fabulous Amazon show ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’!  Its a funny show, with lots of beautiful costuming, set in 1957ish.  The main character in particular has some amazing dresses. Read more ›

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Pewter Casting: Horseshoe Pin

Earlier this year, our local medieval dress up group was going to hold a big event at a new site, and their logo is a flying horseshoe. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the event this year due to all the fires in the area, but I still made a site token, and thought you guys might like to see how I made it!

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Retro Dress Diary: Butterick 6018

New dress and new video!

If you don’t have time/sound for a video right now, here’s the transcript!

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Laurel Gown

I joined the Order of the Laurel this past May, and made a new 1590’s Venetian dress for the occasion!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three

Making a Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three at MorganDonner.com.

The farthingale is completely done!  Wooo!  Here’s the final video showing how I put the skirt together: Read more ›

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Two

Here’s part two for the farthingale!  It shows how I constructed the bodice :D

Just like in part one, here’s a transcript of the video for those that would prefer non-moving dress diaries!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part One

I have never made or even worn a hoop skirt, but after seeing how underwhelming my skirt volume was in pictures, I decided that it was time to poof things up! Read more ›

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Allegory of the Dagged Dress

Several years ago, I was taking a class about 14th and 15th century clothing.  During the class, the teacher brought out her own dresses and gowns, showing how she made them, including lots of nifty modern shortcuts.  One of her dresses was a neat shorter dress, about mid-thigh in length, and meant to be worn over one of the floor length gowns.  She mentioned while showing it that it was based off of a period image, but she had a feeling that it wasn’t really all that historically accurate as normal everyday wear.  I don’t remember much else about the short dress, but I found it an interesting idea!  I have seen it crop up on a couple other medieval reenactors since then, which helped keep it fresh in my mind. Read more ›

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Mystery Skirt Tuck

Have you ever experienced the phenomenon where you learn a new word, and suddenly it seems like you see it everywhere?  Apparently this is a cognitive bias called Frequency Illusion, and it happens to me all the time when browsing medieval paintings.  One day you see a cool picture of a dude carrying some wares on a stick over his shoulder, then next day you see three more, and realize you need to make new Pinterest board.  Or a friend shares a neat hat they made, and you soon realize that there’s tons of period depictions of them, you just never noticed until now.

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