The Clothes, with pages here on WordPress.
- 15th Century
- 16th Century
I am hoping to have this whole mess below transferred in a good way eventually. (Oct 27, 2017)
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One major reason to join the SCA was to get to wear the pretty dresses, it is a major reason for a lot of folks. The type of clothing I think of most when you say ‘the middle ages’ is from the movie Ivanhoe. In Sweden this movie was shown on TV every Christmas/New Years season so I grew up watching it, and I just loved the dresses.
Fortunately for me, my Shire started arranging bi-weekly sewing meetings when I first wanted to make myself historical clothes in the spring of 2003, so I have had, and continue to have, help and support from local ladies who have been doing this for far longer than I.
I have since the fall of 2004 tried to do all sewing by hand. I do this because I realized that there is no rush for me to get items done, and I like to know that I have made a garment in as authentic a manner as possible. I have also determined to use fabrics that are as appropriate as I can afford. I realize that I may never get to the point of using actual silk brocade, but wool and linen are a must for me. And the threads I use are nearly exclusively silk sewing thread or linen bobbin lace thread.
The usual sewing circle ladies are all very nice, but through their constant good example I have been influenced into going later period, as in the 16th Century, rather than the 12th. In addition, when I spent time looking at period artwork I also discovered The Age of the Cotehardie in which women wore figure-hugging, gravity-defying, simple and gorgeous gowns, also called gothic fitted dresses (or GFD for short), which I began to want. So in the grand tradition in the SCA of not making your mind up, the clothes I make will come from all three periods: the 12th, the early 15th and the 16th Centuries.