Projects for Perfectly Period Feast – Burgundy

“The West Kingdom Perfect Period Feast – Burgundy Guild (PPF-Burgundy Guild) is dedicated to exploring the time and culture of Burgundy in the fifteenth century with a goal of producing a Perfectly Period Feast on the theme in Fall of 2017.”

The Perfectly Period Feast is an event that happens in the West about every […]

Just a bit off the sides

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky.

Pictured here is the amount of fabric I removed from both sides of ONLY the front pattern piece of the bodice that took it from “filling in the cone in a not entirely flattering manner” and “actually working as a flattering and supportive bodice”. Honestly I’m a bit gobsmacked that removing […]

“Yes, but where do my boobs go?” Part 2

After much thrashing about I’ve finally landed on a “Low-neck bodice” pattern that’s close to fitting me. Close.. but not quite there.

Our story so far: (see also Part 1) I need a new kirtle. I’ve lost 50 lbs and my old kirtles are just not supportive any more. I don’t want to wear a […]

Ball walker

Be a ball walker!

NESAT XIII: The Lengberg Finds: Remnants of the Lost 15th Century Tailoring Revolution

Hinting at the answer to the question: “Were modern tailoring techniques in use prior to the 16th century?”

Lengberg, exciting for more than just bras.

Taylor’s Thimble

“Goals. Someday I want my garb to hang like a well made suit.” – Posted by me on Facebook Feb. 5, 2017.

Thank you eBay. Stupid things that make me absurdly happy. 1600-1700 brass open top thimble

From Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns(p. 9):

The tailor Contemporary sources demonstrate that tailors needed relatively little […]

Parable of Miles and the Knight

The parable of Miles and the Knight: http://chuckandelaine.com/wonder/miles_knight.html.

This is as applicable to the Laurel/Apprentice/artisan relationship as it is to the Knight/Squire/fighter. Some people aren’t willing to ask for help and would rather hack at the trees themselves. This isn’t wrong but is the hardest path.

Some Laurels rest on their laurels.. this isn’t […]

“Yes, but where do my boobs go?”

As I mentioned I’m very excited to try out Mathew Gnagy’s methods and apply that to a late-15th/early 16th century kirtle. That said.. I will need back out some information from “how they did it in the 17th century” to make sure the garment I’m creating is as true to my period as I can […]

The continuing pursuit of a better kirtle

“Goals. Someday I want my garb to hang like a well made suit.” – Posted by me on Facebook Feb. 5, 2017.

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Un traje para Pitti Uomo 89

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Menologion of Basil II

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