Category Archives: Arts & Sciences

Posts related to the study and recreation of Arts & Sciences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Viking Progress

Saturday I went to the Library of Congress, which seems to be the only place in the United States that has a copy of “Die Textilfund aus dem Hafen von Haithabu.” I now have a lot of German to throw … Continue reading

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Cloak linings and arm slits

There are three things I’ve heard about cloaks in period, that my cloak plans had the possibility of violating: They didn’t wear full circle cloaks in period. They didn’t line cloaks in period. Arm slits are 19th century. Well, yesterday … Continue reading

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Persona Pentathlon planning

Last winter I decided I was going to enter the Persona Pentathlon at KASF this winter. A few months ago, I decided the Eleonora dress would set the theme. I’ve also recently been seeing a lot of really good-looking Norse … Continue reading

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Studying Hairnets

Lately I’ve been researching hairnets. I own two crocheted snoods, but there is no evidence of crocheted snoods in period, and little in the way of solid evidence of crochet at all (most would say there is none before 1800, … Continue reading

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Hey look, sleeves!

Well, I finally finished the pink dress, trim and sleeves and all. Immediately after finishing it, I sewed a green wool tunic for a friend, so he and his wife (who wore my blue dress) could come to Defending the … Continue reading

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Kingdom Arts & Science Festival AS XLVII

A few weeks ago, I attended the Atlantia Kingdom Arts & Science Festival. I displayed both my wool yarn and the pink gown. The pink gown was displayed without sleeves because 2am rolled around and I went to bed. I … Continue reading

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Trimming is slow

I’ve been sewing trim onto the pink gown. I sat down to watch Babylon 5: In the Beginning, and I thought I’d at least get the trim for the front finished during that 2hr movie. Nope. I got the trim … Continue reading

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Patterns of Fashion Acquired

At friends’ urging, I ordered copies of Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 3 and Patterns of Fashion 4. Number 4 is “the underwear edition.” It’s full of shirts, chemises/smocks, coifs, ruffs, bands, drawers, partlets, etc. That arrived yesterday. Page 54 shows … Continue reading

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Ripping out some of that dress

I’m not happy with how the pink dress fits. The bodice is a little loose, and I think I left seam allowance at the bottom edge and then didn’t use it, because the waist is too low, and the skirt … Continue reading

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1580s Italian working class pink dress, at the wearable stage

See the woman in pink in the middle whose head is a little misplaced? I decided to make a copy of that gown using some pink linen I had on-hand. I purchased camel-color wool to use for the guards. After … Continue reading

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