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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.

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Tutorial: Supportive Kirtle

Want to make a pretty and supportive kirtle for your reenactment needs? Look no further, I have what you need here! (Actually, please do further, multiple sources for information is totally a thing.) My first step for any project is to

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Sailor Moon in the 16th Century

Sailor Moon!  Such a glorious show from my childhood!  If you are not familiar with this fun and cute anime, you can watch the first season on Hulu, or Youtube, but the quick summary is that you have five school

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Venetian Zimarra

I have seen many loose overgowns or coats, both in portraiture and on costumers.  They made me think that it might be nice someday to make a loose gown to wear around camp as lazy garb when I am just

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1580s Venetian Gown

I have entered the Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge again! Lately I have made several outfits that were pretty much directly based off of one specific painting, so this time I am going to go wild and grab elements

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Curiously Shaped Purse

I have long admired the purse in Realm of Venus‘s extant garments collection, for it’s giggle factor and unusual shape. I think I was rather confused about its purpose: for some reason I thought that the shaped section must be

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Pewter Figure-Top Spoon

I saw this spoon while randomly browsing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website and decided that clearly I must have a lady-topped spoon.  Except instead of a little slash n’ puff German lady, I wanted a little Italian lady on

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Venetian Festival Shoes: Outside

My inside shoes for the Ascension Day project are done, but they need over-shoes for protection!

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Venetian Festival Shoes: Inside

Continuing my Ascension Day outfit adventures, I find myself in need of shoes! Two pairs in fact, because the description says that she is wearing “…. socks worked with white shoes worked, and then the pianelle (similar to pattens) over…”

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My First Lasted Shoe

I have made a few pairs of simple turn shoes before, simple and clumsy things that were not very pretty, but worked well for medieval fashions.  When I started wear 16th century styles more, the turn shoes I had made

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