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 I made the apron yesterday, and the cap today, so this afternoon Rickard and I could go outside and take some photos of the new Italian gown.


More images and info here.

I also took in my regency corset while watching an old adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" together with Alfhild.

I really am tanned this summer. I usd to spend my summers avoiding the sun, so to not have a tan at Visby Medieval week in August, but some ten years ago I realized that I can't let my hobby rule my whole life. And that I like the way I look with a tan - and besides it's good for my psoriasis.
And convincing for a working class woman of the Quattrocento ;)

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Last weekend there was a "Medieval Day" at a (semi-)local site where there used to be a castle in the High Middle Ages. Today there is nothing left to see, but it´s a beautiful place next to the sea.

And I swam three times in the sea!

I brought my tent, which I dreaded putting up and taking down for just two days, but it went up really quickly and took almost no time to set up nicely, hiding all the mundane packing stuff behind wall hangings, putting the chest together and putting up mine and Katarina's camping beds.

Rickard was tired after working the whole week, so he and Maja just came down over the day when the market was on Saturday.

Friday night was really perfect - relaxed talking (and some sewing) around the table, with a pot over the fire providing tea water, some wine to drink, and ending with a walk up to the top of the hill where the castle used to be, to look out over the sea.

Saturday was also nice, but you get tired from being "on display" from 10 am to 5 pm, so people went to bed earlier We also wanted to pack early on Sunday morning. But we made a good pottage with whole wheat, carrots, cabbage, onions, bacon and smoked sausages and ate together. Then Gaby and Linus and I went for a swim (my third), we all talked (and sewed) some more. When the others went to bed I took a final walk around the small peninsula, going down to the little beaches or out to the furthest cliffs, before going to bed around midnight. It was a magical feeling those nights, just like it used to be with my old medieval group Nylöse.

Many more photos from the event can be found here.

I also started on a new working class Italian ca 1480s dress from thin wool, and finished everything except the sleeves and six lacing holes . The rest I made yesterday and this morning. 
Of course, when I tried it on it turned out to be too big, so I hade to take it in. It is no fun unpicking all hand sewn garments.

But of course I did it, and this is the result.

It needs an apron and a little white cap, both of which I plan to make this week. Maybe not tomorrow though, because we're going to a friend who stays on one of the islands in the Gothenburg archipelago to barbecue and swim in the sea.

Oh - and my holiday officially started today - I put on the automatic answer function :)

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 In this case a 15th century Italian gown made from old rayon damask curtains in a fit of inspiration after my first trip to Florence in September 2015.
I've made a page about it, over here.

I love how the photos that Rickard took turned out.

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Some people that I know have a blog called "The Medieval Hunt". They have made this both good and funny guide to ways to wear your hood 14th and 15th century style. With documentation and awesome musical choices.

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Another costume page made, this time on my brown 15th century German dress I actually found photos of me wearing it, which I am very happy for. Since I've gained twenty kilos in those six years taking new photos really wasn't an option.

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Photos taken by Valeria at the demo for our SCA barony Gotvik:

Me posing:

Another one )

The castle ruin, which you see some pieces of is from the 14th century and looks like this.


Jul. 21st, 2012 01:03 am
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Yay! The 15th century Venetian is wearable for tomorrow's demo. The lower sleevs aren't completely finished, but that will be done when we reach the site. Now I will try and get som sleep since we have to be up very early to catch the bus.
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Or whatever you call it; the burgundy silk dress I'm wearing under what was my wedding dress. I have shortened the shoulder straps tonight, to make the bodice a little higher and I am going to wear a more low-cut smock and make sleeves from the same silk. But I think it looks very pretty even now.

New fabric

May. 30th, 2012 02:59 pm
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Amidst all the sickness and work stress I have finally gotten interested enough to buy fabric for a kirtle to wear under my wedding dress from 2003; thus making it a 15th century Venetian outfit. It's a printed silk, which I know is wrong, but at least it's silk taffeta and it's very pretty. I may even decide to use the unprinted side. The deadline is the SCA event Civil Wars in September.

Edited to add photo:

I've just put the fabric inside the wedding gown to give an idea of how it's supposed to look.

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The Ashmolean museum has a fine collection of printed cotton textiles from the 13th centuries onward. These are the 16th century ones, which unfortunately are fewer than the ones from the previous centuries. The are all found in Egypt.
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I am not going to the NESAT conference in Esslingen next May - my current research project doesn't really fit in and I don't go to conferences where I don't contribute (plus that I have very little money) but this might be the most interesting thing I've heard of for a decade.
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Me and the big girls posing outside our tent. It was a very weird light from the setting sun, so our faces look very orange - it wasn't that bad in reality I think.

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I made this dress in 1993, when Italian renaissance was all the rage in the then barony (now the principality) of Nordmark and when I was very new in the SCA. Then I had the twins, but managed to get back to the same size again and wore it for example at Visby medieval week in 1998. But after the latest pregnancy, and with arthritis making my ribcage totally inflexible I've noticed that my lower ribs are much to wide for it, even if I should loose some weight. So I decided to re-make it for my daughter Valeria, to wear at St. Egon's feast next week. Besides, it was a wonderful style on a young-looking 25-year-old and is adorable on a 15-year-old, but not so much on a 41-year-old.

I had to take in the bodice and shorten the straps, to make it fit her shorter torso and smaller bust and waist and then I discovered that I had to remake the skirt to, since it was too difficult to pleat in that much fabric into the smaller waist. Since gored panels are more period I didn't mind the work and at least I didn't have to hem it again. It may not be perfectly period, but remember that it was made 17 years ago.
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Today is my last day with the remnants of king Karl Knutsson's clothing. Unfortunately I slept very badly this night so I'm not sure how concentrated I will be able to be.
In any case I'm off to the museum now. I will take photos!
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Yay! Soon off to study the remnants of some male 15th century clothing.

Good things

Feb. 1st, 2010 03:20 pm
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The article, formerly known as "The Bloody Article" is now finished and sent off. And tomorrow I'm going to Stockholm to study the clothes which one of the swedish 15th century kings was buried in. The only publication about them is from 1921 so I hadn't even heard of them before I was asked to come up and give my opinions. There isn't much left, but there is what appears to be a black velvet doublet and a pair of shoes.
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I promised [ profile] noxcat a diagram of the cap I made the day before yesterday and here it is:

You could make it from less or more pieces, but I worked with the scraps that I had. The important thing is to make the opening large enough for both your head and pinned up braids to fit into it. The rest is styling.

ETA: Put it in the list for the Stash challenge on my web site and made a page - just the same info, but easier to link to, since it's all in the same place.


Jul. 29th, 2009 01:42 pm
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And one a bit manic looking woman.

And an alternative placement of braids and tassle:

I am of course not going to wear it with my 1950s apron-dress.
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My sleeping arrangements are getting better and better, since I was offered by some sweet people that I know to sleep at their place the first night. This means that I won't have to pack a cloak for a cold night, which is good, since I have already packed all the medieval clothes (and probably some more) that I need in my chest.
I have decided which clothes to bring on the plane and now I need to make suitable headwear - yes, I could use a wrapped veil, but guess where my veils are?
And a cap is more fun!


Mar. 15th, 2009 04:50 pm
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And this is my kirtle, which I wore with just an apron and a linen headcloth during the day. I did bring a short wool jacket too, but it was too warm for me to need it. The kirtle is hand sewn in hand woven linen twill. There's two layers of it in the bodice and a single layer in the skirt. Though they probably weren't that common compared to woollen ones there is documentation for linen kirtles in the 15th century: for example a swedish document mentions a linen kirtle and then there's the remnants of two linen kirtles (one a woman's and one a child's) of northern german origin in the national museum in Helsinki, Finland. They have been interpreted as smocks, but I think it is just as likely that they are kirtles. I would never use linen for the top layer, but these kirtles are more like a kind of underwear that you can wear in public if you're a peasant or worker, so I decided that I was a working woman during the day. The headcloth is also hand woven linen, while my socks and apron are from wool and the fringe from silk, as I wrote on friday.
I think that I have too much cleavage in this outfit, but I made the kirtle to be worn with high necked smocks and when I needed a low cut smock to be worn under the velvet gown I didn't realize how it would look when worn without the velvet gown ;) Bringing two smocks would have been excessive anyway, since I only was there for one day.

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