Aug. 13th, 2015 05:02 pm
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I finished the last for my 17th cnetury outfit yesterday ( the linen band and the bum roll) and today, between doing laundry and Maja's dance show Rickard and I managed to get some photos.

There are some things that I will need to fix, but I am very happy with it.
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On the gown, I need a lace collar and a cap, and a shift that works better. And, if I can't find my ancient bum roll, a new one. But I'm  happy with the gown this far:

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Today I tried on the bodice for the first time, and to my great joy it fit almost perfectly. Since it was a new pattern I wasn't sure how it would fit, but I just needed to shorten the straps a little.

After this I  added a layer of buckram over the centre front on the front side of the bodice, and a smaller piece on the back. And boning across the other bones in the back of the bodice.
Now only lining and top fabric remains. And binding the tabs etc.

Now I'm going to cut out the top layer and then I'm going to make Lebanese food for dinner with my neighbour Anna.
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I am blaming holidays, followed by our annual wiccan gathering in the woods and then a conference on 18th century history in Rotterdam I loved Rotterdam and took loads of photos of buildings, go here to check them out). But I've also been doing more blogging in my blogspots blog, because it's easier to put photos there.

But a recap:

Finished the velvet dress and took photos at a late 15th century castle not too far from here. I made a page for it that you can see here. The velvet partlet turned out too big, but I have already taken it in.

I made a sheer coif and wired cap from silk organza that I bought from [ profile] aclisto a decade ago or so:

Inspiration was a Swedish 16th century portrait, but then I found  one that looked even more like mine, but with puffs of hair at the ears instead of a coif.

I have also started working on a 17th century gown. I guess it was only a matter of time before spending so much time researching 17th cnetury dress would get to me. But it DID take three years before I actually decided to make one. The decision was prompted by the fact that there's a 17th century themed festival at a nearby castle, so that I have somewhere to wear it.

The skirt is made, and beautifully modelled with a 1940s house dress worn under it, and I'm working on the bodice.

Finally I had an absolutely lovely visit by [ profile] mmcnealy on Moday and Tuesday. We got to be really academically nerdy together and I also dragged her for a 7,5 miles walk around the historic parts of Gothenburg.Then she left for Visby medieval week, where she's giving classes.
But yesterday I got ther book, which may lead to hubby getting Hungarian or Polish 16th century garb.
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Yesterday I went to the storage of the Gothenburg Historical museum to look at some clothing from the 17th and 16th century. I have written about it in my historicla costumes blog - it's here. I also finished deciphering one of the shop inventories from 17th century Gothenburg that I have found. I would like to do some more of that today, but I must write an abstract for a conference on Early Modern clothing this September.

In the afternoon I am going to visit a studio where they conserve textiles and other archaelogical finds, and hopefully I will get to see two 16th century leather sleeves recently excavated here in Gothenburg.
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I am actually not yet well from the flu, but yesterday I got back to work on my usual sick leave of 50%. It was no slow start, since on Thursday I have a 40 minute presentation on clothing and its social meanings in 17th century Sweden at a research symposium at our town museum.
I haven't done the additional research on late 17th century probates from Gothenburg I had planned since I was ill, so I will have to have a more general discussion based on the probates from Stockholm that I have worked with on and off the last years.

I got a bit of a flow this morning, but then I had a meeting at work and after that I needed some rest in the sun on my balcony. First I read the latest Crimes of Fashion book, "Lethal black dress", which arrived on Friday for a while and then I read Clare Haru Crowston's latest: Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France for an hour before going back to the computer to work on my presentation.

I think that it will be interesting enough, not much new content for me, but that doesn't really matter, because it will be new for at least most of the other participants. It also got me thinking that I really should write a book about 17th century dress in Sweden - I think that I will soon know the subject well enough. That put me in a good mood, even if I don't see it happening soon- I'm not even well form the flu yet really.
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My trip to England was not only beer, rock'n'roll, dolls, fabric shopping and lovely friends; it also had a higher purpose, since I was presenting at at conference called "The geography of luxury: east, west and global directions" held at the University of Warwick in Coventry. My paper was on Swedish sumptuary law and can be read here.
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You can find my presentation at the Pasold conference here.There will be more of this and about sumptuary law and concepts of nationhood in Sweden in an article that will be published in a book in the Ancient Textiles series by Oxbow books next summer.
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I have just stopped thinking that the 17th century is really boring, which I've always thought before. Intriguing, must be "my" 17th century probates.
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The gigantic excel file with imported materials used for clothing in probates from Stockholm 1589-1649  is finished!!! Tomorrow: to figure out the best way to analyze and present the data - one week until deadline!
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The mystery material from a previous post: wool fabric from Hoondschote in Flanders. I sort of suspected this after thinking it over and the guy at my job who really reads this kind of text said it fit the letters.
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An example of gothic/german hand writing from 1603.

The first words are fiolenn bruun (purple, the modern colour, not royal purple), then two mystery words, which (probably) is the material, followed by kiortil (gown).
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 Do I wish that I could go to this seminar? yes indeed I do. But it's in Madrid. Next week.

Apart from that progress is actually happening with my article in English about swedish sumptuary laws and the foreign in the 16th and 17th centuries. Hopefully I will get photos of lots of probates from Stockholm in two weeks and until then I'm workign on other parts of the study/article.
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Just when I was getting to really appreciate Fashion and fiction. Dress in art and literature in Stuart England, almost forgiving Ribeiro for the aforementioned offenses she writes that constant wearing of caps and hats were a cause for hair loss (and thus a reason for the use of wigs). If that had been the case, which of course is refuted by scientific research on hair loss, wouldn't women, who have been wearing headwear from dawn 'til dusk for centuries have been more prone to hair loss than men? Think before you write is a good maxim to apply to your work I think.

Music tip

May. 8th, 2009 08:44 am
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For those who may not have discovered them: "The City Waits", sometimes spelled "The City Waites"; my musical choice the last days has been a mix of street ballads and bawdy songs from the 17th and 18th century.
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That's the only explanation I can give to me falling asleep with Aileen Ribeiro's Fashion and fiction. Dress in art and literature in Stuart England. I am in great need of strong tea.
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The last two days I've spent most of my time going trough the portrait archives at Skokloster castle. There are lots of paintings of swedish (and some foreign) nobility from mostly the 17th and 18th centuries. This is Anna Margareta von Haugwitz, painted in 1648. Isn't she beautiful?

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