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The “Elizabethan Seam” and outer garments

Twice in the last week, I’ve seen a link to Mistress Isobel’s “The Elizabethan Seam” with the question “well, yes, we’ve all seen this in smocks and shirts, but is there any extant example that isn’t a smock or a shirt?” … Continue reading

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Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge and pattern mucking

The 4th annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge, by Realm of Venus, has begun. On the spur of the moment, I decided to enter. The challenge is to make a 4-layer Italian Renaissance outfit in 4 months, starting June 1, ending … Continue reading

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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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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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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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