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 two years. The two years leading up to the feast are filled with classes, projects and research to enhance the “perfectly period-ness” of the Feast. November 2017 will be the PPF-Burgundy. The feast day is centered in 1450 to 1468 in a pretentious, wealthy merchant household. This will be the first PPF in which I’ve participated.

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Items for the outfit:
White linen smock
Brown velvet V-necked overdress with black velvet collar and cuffs
Wide belt
Black velvet truncated henin
Red velvet or wool frontlet (to cover the kirtle)
Kirtle (I’m planning to wear my Hannah Brown kirtle which is the only one that sort of fits me at the moment)

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How now Brown Gown?

Processing into court for the ceremony. Photo by Joel the Brewer.

Brown velvet gown started March 29, 2016. Finished April 23, 2016.

For my laurelling ceremony I want to wear a gown over my kirtle. I lucked upon a great deal on brown cotton velveteen at $3.20/yd. So I got 10 yards of it.

This is going to be a brown velvet gown with a center front opening which will be held closed with hook and eye at the bodice (open on the skirt). The gown will have a waist seam and very wide sleeves (which can be folded back). The sleeves and the skirt will be lined in black cotton velveteen. The neck and the hem will also be bound with black velveteen. For this dress I’m going to use stuffed box pleats as shown in “The Queen’s Servants” page 46.

The sleeves will be very wide but I want the seam to be at the underarm (lined up with the side seam) and end up at the bottom of sleeve drop at the wrist. For the sleeve, I want a very wide sleeve which can be worn down (to the back of my knuckles) or can be rolled up partially(~3-4 inches) or half way up the arm. When rolled back I want the rolled back portion to sit flat against the sleeve it’s rolled up against. When I was fitting the sleeve I found the if I used a basic flared sleeve the rolled back portion didn’t sit flat. To fix this I updated the sleeve to go straight after it flairs out enough for the depth of the sleeve I want (see pattern).

Originally I thought I’d do a train.. but I finally decided against it. Realistically the number of times I’d wear the gown with the train down is approaching one and it seems silly to spend time and effort developing a pattern for and then sewing a feature I’d never use.

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