Author: Sylvie

The continuing pursuit of a better kirtle

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. I’ve often joked that every time I fit myself for a new self-supportive kirtle I lose 50 lbs (friends have also remarked that […]

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

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. The paper .pdf that accompanies this video can be found here: Peasants and Servants. Deliberately concealed garments, textiles and textile […]

Taylor’s Thimble

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 […]

Parable of Miles and the Knight

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 […]

“Yes, but where do my boobs go?”

“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 […]

Menologion of Basil II

From: Menologion of Basil II (Vat.gr.1613) between 979 and the early years of the 11th century in Constantinople What I see (that I think is cool): St. Hermione: Hermione was beheaded because she would not worship Hercules. “Two servants, Theodulus and Theotimos, were entrusted to […]

“The Science of Cooking”

I’m very please to be able to host a newly translated cookbook. Gwyn Chwith ap Llyr (Glenn Gorsuch) had a 16th century Hungarian cookbook translated and has allowed me to host a copy. Enjoy.

When is a hood not a hood? When it’s a bonnet and frontlet.. unless it isn’t.

A while ago I found myself fascinated with a hat. I blame Tullia. Happily the hat is limited both chronologically and geographically. As far as I can tell this headgear was popular from 1485-1515 in northern France/Brittany and the Netherlands. Even more happily that seems […]

Adventures in Hair Taping

I am only just barely allowed to carry a girl card. I have long hair (mid-back).. but I pretty much lack clue about how to do girl things with my long hair. Recently I find myself fascinated with hair taping. Specifically it seems that hair […]

Apprenticing Treásach Þjóðhagi

On the 22nd day of July Anno Societatis LII, 2017 in the common reckoning, which is the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene, patroness of penitent sinners and women, at the Investiture of Gwain and Meisha as the undoubted Prince and Princess of Cynagua, I […]