I admired the apron dresses my friend Eabha was wearing last weekend at GWW. There were tons of other nice-looking apron dresses walking around too. I deliberately placed my persona in time and region (late 11th Northumbria) so I could take advantage of Norse fashion. It’s not an exact match since the apron dresses and… Continue Reading Apron Dress in My Future?
The blue dress is done. The construction is simple so I’ll mention it briefly. I use Maggie Forest’s rectangular method of cutting, which is by far and away the most common of period cuts. And what was economical for them in terms of using fabric is economical to us. I used 3-1/2″ yards to make… Continue Reading Blue Dress
Why oh why does it take me so long to sew? I’m making 11th century Anglo-Saxon tunics for heaven’s sake. Granted they’re rectangular construction and not the cheat-method of making tunics, but come on. It’s not exactly hard. Oh well — it’s done, or nearly so. I just need to hem it. The cool thing… Continue Reading Finished a New Dress… Finally
I like my court wardrobe a lot but I have HAD it with my tourney/war wardrobe. Ill-fitting, OOP fabrics, too hot or too cold, flooding hems, not enough layers, aging fabrics, BORING. I hate my war and tourney wardrobe. So here’s the plan: Long-sleeved linen chemises under everything. Handkerchief weight for warm weather, mid-weight for… Continue Reading Updating Tourney Wardrobe
I have Estrella War coming up and I’m leaving in less than a week. I’m looking forward to it a lot but I can’t make myself move fast enough on sewing! This is a cold weather war — no snow but rain and in the 30s at night. I’ve gotten along O.K. the last 2… Continue Reading Sewing for War, Ack!