Sunday, May 21, 2017

Taking a Walk Into the Weeds

"Into the weeds" might be one of my favorite phrases in addition to being one of my favorite things to do on topics I'm passionate about. The idea of getting really deep into a subject, far beyond what's necessary for understanding the subject, is thrilling to a specialist like me. It's the whole reason I settled on a specific time and place for my persona, and why I love the research I do in that period. I know plenty of folks that do a bit of this and that, and many of them are quite good at all the things they put their varied efforts into. For me, though, being in the weeds is where the fun is.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Where and How I Store My Garb

I'm a garb horse, as you have probably figured out. While not every garment I've made for myself is still around or currently being used, I've still got a lot of clothing in fairly regularly event rotation. Add in headdress, shoes, and accessories, and there's a fairly sizable amount of stuff that needs a home.

Over the years, as my garb collection has grown, my solution for storing all of it has changed. There was a time, many many moons ago, when everything I had could fit in a smallish plastic tub. As I gained more garb, I went through phases where my stuff had no "home", which made things super frustrating when I wanted to pack for an event. Now, my garb and other personal kit items are stored in specific places, and finding things (assuming they were put away) has gotten a lot easier.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Project Complete: Pink Wool Open Hood

Two new hoods in two weeks? Wha??!


Project:
An open hood of the early 15th  century.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Project Complete: A 14th Century Square Hood


Project
A fitted "square" hood with underarm straps from the late 14th Century.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

In Progress: White Leather Drawstring Pouch

In my effort to dive as deep into my collection of 563 images of women from French manuscripts of the early 15th century, I have started the process of looking beyond dress and headdress formats to the details and accessories that appear as well. Shoes, belts, aprons, and pouches are everyday personal items that show up through the image collection, and, unsurprisingly, appear to follow somewhat similar patterns of style differences among the classes as the gown and headdress types do. The more exciting thing about these types of details is that they show up in smaller, digestible quantities that offer us the chance to see all of the examples together for comparisons and categorization. The first accessory I did this with were the pouches.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Project Complete: Red Wool Cote


Project

A supportive cote of wool suitable as the bottom or middle fashion layer for early 15th century outfits.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

In Progress: Red Wool Cote

Immediately following Pennsic, it was clear that I'd lost just the right amount of weight that my brand new supportive pattern wasn't actually as supportive. One the one hand, that's not a terrible problem to have, but on the other, it meant that I couldn't skip making some additional adjustments to my pattern before moving on to the next dress.