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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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 go look up what the original version looked like. In this instance, I wanted a close fitting, long sleeved gown, from somewhere in the 1300 to 1500 range. That is a huge span of time, so lets start narrowing it down by looking at pictures from those dates. Read more ›
This outfit is based on the information gathering I did for the Antwerp Women’s Dress post. My dress is a little on the later end with it’s conical stiff bodice shape, so I’d put the date around 1575.
This post is really low on dress-diary content, as I can’t seem to find my process photos. Instead, it will be a ‘Hey, look at this thing I made!’ post. Cool? Cool. Read more ›
I hope folks don’t mind this break from my usual historical clothing! I don’t make very many modern dresses. I think that this is because if I want a cute dress for daily life, I can buy it for far less effort and money than it would take for me to create the same dress myself. Occasionally I make exception if I can’t find the particular cute dress I need. Last Halloween, I needed a special dress that I couldn’t find anywhere!
If you are not familiar with The Magic School Bus, it is a fun educational show from the 90’s. The main character is a teacher with fantastic dresses that fit the theme of whatever she is teaching that episode. I needed to make a dress like hers for a TV show themed Halloween party.
I particularly like the ‘objects strewn randomly about’ quality some of her dresses have. I went to a few local fabric stores, and the closest I could find was this beaker fabric below. Read more ›
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 ›
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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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.
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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 ›