Sunday, July 20, 2008

Accessories make the outfit

Dearg and I are having a "project" weekend. Yesterday, he started making a pair of leather shoes (Viking style), and I made a 15th century ring pouch. I had no idea how to go about making it, except to look at two pouches, here and here, and visually "reverse engineer" them. I had to restart (which ended the photo documentation I was doing), but at the end of the day, I had a brand new pouch!

The ring is a length of copper wire that I tried to bend into as perfect a circle as I could. The fabric is black flannel (left over from my hennin- more on that below). The tie is a 5-strand finger loop braid using pale green and light orange embroidery floss. The button is a deer antler button (the first one Dearg made). As a first attempt I'm pretty pleased with it!

At the moment, I'm inspired by this image. I love how casual this feels. She's wearing a burgundian, but instead of finishing it with a wide belt, she's wearing the sort of thin belt worn with a kirtle. She's also wearing a pouch on a long tie and a turban-style headdress. I can easily see how this is the best way to wear a formal burgundian all day at an event! Then for court, swap your belt and headdress and voila! You're lookin' snazzy for that off chance you'll have to go up in front of Their Majesties!

Speaking of headdresses, I thought I'd share with you the two I created for my class. I'd include a photo of the turban, but it's pretty basic and not much work.

They are both very comfortable to wear. I don't yet have a houpelaunde to wear with the heart-shaped headdress, but I can wear the hennin with either of the burgundians I have. These two photos were taken late, and I'm obviously not in garb, but they still look good. I've got to be a bit more careful with my hair when I wear these for real.
So now all I have to do is figure out what my project for today is....

Monday, July 14, 2008

A new obsession

My class went very well at Push for Pennsic this past weekend. I had four people attend the majority of both classes, two who stayed the entire time for both. It was an enjoyable experience and I received some great compliments. I'm not sure I'll teach it again as the two hour version, though, at least not soon. I've already started working on a one hour class that focuses on the hennin, expanding what I've already done. I plan on teaching it at Harvest Day, which will be the next event for us (with Owen in tow).

Dearg and I are suddenly on an authenticity kick. We like the SCA and certainly enjoy our time away from the house, but we're having a harder time seeing it as time way from the "real world". It's difficult to think of an SCA event as a re-creation event when we sit under a modern pop-up shade and pull our lunch bread rolls out of a plastic bag. How is this really any different from our real lives? We've tried to focus on being more authentic with our garb, and I'm sure that after the baby is born this will be an easier task for me. Dearg, who works with leather, is trying to use fewer modern tools. When I get to doing illumination again, I plan on applying that same thinking as best I can to my skill (though I won't be losing the light table any time soon). My "headdresses are awesome" kick is helping me focus on accessorizing myself in a more period manner.

It takes a lot of money to be authentic, though, and with a baby on the way, money isn't something we have right now. We just like the idea of going to an event and being at that event to escape the modern world- to do everything at an event in as authentic a way as possible. We see alot of European re-creation societies doing this, and are somewhat frustrated that there are no groups like that in the Midwest.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Looking Ahead

Now that I am only 5 weeks away from delivery, I'm starting to really think about my post-baby wardrobe. I can't wait to have the front-laced kirtle I bought the wool for at Crown Tourney- I plan on wearing it at Harvest Day, which will also be my son's debut event.

My son's first set of garb is already in the works. He'll be attending Harvest Day in full-on Viking. My mother has already made some adorable crochet booties, and my husband has a mini pouch planned. I'll be making him a Viking cap, and mom will be making the shirt and pants after he's born (so we know how big to make them).

Depending on how the kirtle turns out, I may stick with those until I get my figure back. The fuller, more formal gowns of the 15th Century won't look as flattering if I don't loose the baby weight, so I don't plan on having any new ones of those at least until next year. Unless I get trim really fast, but that's never happened to me before....