Measuring and patterning an Elizabethan coif

When I first started the Coif Project, I was pretty lost. I had done a lot of research, looking at extant coifs etc. But I was very unsure of how to measure and draw my pattern to get the result I wanted. What did I do? So I started with paper. I measured from the nape of Read More…

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Chemises galore!

What do you do with 30 yards of handkerchief linen? MAKE ALL THE CHEMISES!!!! Some background. We bought a large lot of linen, 30 yards, from Grayline linens, all handkerchief weight, with the intent of making chemises and underthings for 3 people. By cutting all of the chemises together, we managed to save fabric from Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 2

Previously I had finished all of the internal and external seams of the dress. This included flat felling and folding seam allowances over to finish the armscye, neck line and front closure. The plan: I plan on trimming this dress with grey wool trim cut on the bias for smooth curves. This style of trim Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 1.

I enjoy wearing the Italian renaissance style dresses that have a slightly shorter waist. They look good on me, are comfortable and relatively easy to make with a small amount of fabric for a full figured woman like myself (3-4 yards). I also find when pressed I can get this dress style to a wearable Read More…

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3×5 index card stash organization

I have started to using 3×5 index cards and a cork board to organize my fabric stash and planned project list. With this method I know at a glance what I have. What projects are coming up? Planned style? Time period? What it will co-ordinate within my current wardrobe with and what I might need to buy Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – Part 2; Coral Stitch

Why green? Now I want to talk a bit about the stitching aspect of the coif I am working on. The extant piece has two colors of silk, and various stitching used early on as it seems the original artist decided what they liked and did not like. The original also was done in dark Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – The Setup

I have an idea… Since Gulf Wars 25 (2016) I have been playing around with the idea in my head of starting an Elizabethan embroidered coif. I attended a class at Gulf Wars on Elizabethan braided Stitches, specifically gold work braid stitches. The teacher at this class had a great book by Jacqui Carey which Read More…

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Blue Dress

I recently finished a late period Italian dress for my SCA work. Done entirely by hand, the fashion fabric is a tropical weight royal blue wool. A linen canvas interlining and stiffening layer, and light weight blue linen lining in the bodice only. I did the eyelets all by hand using blue silk twist, and Read More…