Merchant Class Outfit, 1400

Soon my friends will be putting together a display for an early 15th century Tailorshop, and my husband and I are helping.  My usual late 16th century Italian clothing just won’t do at all.  Time for new outfits!

We are aiming for 1390-1410 so I started gathering images from that time (yay Pinterest!), and quickly started seeing things I wanted to implement.  Things I might like to have: Read more ›

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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 girls who can transform into superheros with various powers.  They fight bad guys, find romance, and generally enjoy being best friends.  Good stuff!

EDIT: The internet has found my post and appears to be happily nomming away!  Exciting!  However, this keeps coming up so I’ll note it here: I am not doing ‘Sailor Moon if she had been born in the 16th century in Japan’.  I love researching Italian clothing around 1550-1600, and thought it would be fun to make a new outfit with an inspirational theme!  This is decidedly not what 16th century Japanese fashion looked like, although it would be super cool if someone else did that!

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Fromage and Friends, a Handmade Card Deck (Part 2)

Here’s the second half of the deck making process!  For the first half, go back to Part 1.

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Fromage and Friends, a Handmade Card Deck (Part 1)

It all started about nine months ago.  I was playing card games with friends at an SCA event and turned to my friend Jenny to ask her “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we made our own card deck?”

We both sort of noncommittally murmured “Yeah, sure, maybe someday.” and then when on with our day.  But that tiny conversation planted a seed.  When we saw each other occasionally over the next few weeks, we would put out ideas:


“I wonder what sort of suits we could use…”


“It would be sort of fun to have some of our friends as the court cards….”

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A Paper Crown

One of my fab friends, Jenny, does traditional printing of all sorts, along with book making and pewter work.  Check out her Etsy shop if you have a second: Notta Pixie Press.  She has been helping me learn a new thing: lino and woodcut printing!

The Wood-engraver by Jost Amman, 1568.

The Wood-engraver by Jost Amman, 1568.

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Lazy Herjolfsnes 63

How to make a 14th century men's coat, on

A friend of mine requested a copy of a coat he already owns.  His coat is similar to the late 14th century Herjolfsnes 63 garment, although with far fewer seams, and simpler sleeve shaping (which is why I am calling it the lazy version!).  I have actually already helped him do that a couple of years ago, but this time I took pictures!  Here’s a walk-through for anyone hoping to make something similar. Read more ›

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12th Century: Fit for a King and Queen

12th Century Outfits Fit for a King and Queen at

Last September at Emprise of the Black Lion (that’s the event I made the cute horse and lion buckles for!) I was asked by the crown prince of An Tir to consider making his and his princess’s coronation gowns.  I have helped with coronation outfits before, but only in bits and pieces, never in charge of the whole shebang!  So this was an awesome experience, it was very fun and interesting going through all the garb creation steps with a ‘client’ for the first time.

They quickly decided that they wanted 12th century Sicilian-Norman outfits consisting of an over and under garment for each of them, and a veil for her Highness.   I drew up a game plan, and after a bit of back and forth for color changes and such, we had the outfit plan: Read more ›

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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 not quite in the mood to lace up yet.  But it wasn’t until I saw this image that I ramped up to “OMG, I MUST HAVE THIS!”.  It didn’t hurt that I was in the middle of the 4th IRCC, which served as a nice motivator to get up and go make one now.  So I got up and went to the fabric store. Read more ›

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Pewter Garter Buckle

A couple of months ago, I wondered if there were any extant 15th or 16th century artifacts on Ebay.  I know that lots of little metal bits are found in Europe and sold online to collectors: many pewter reproduction makers like to buy them so that they can make an exact copy to sell to reenactors like me.  On this fortuitous day of wondering, I stumbled upon this buckle:

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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 from different gowns that I like!  But that does mean I need to buckle down and pick which specific gown elements I like and want to recreate, and keep track of them so I don’t forget where I saw that fabulous stripped frothy thing, or that other lacy doodad. Read more ›

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