Olive kirtle plan

Today I ordered 3 meters of fine olive/green linen from Medeltidsmode, which is my favourite company to buy fabric from. The service is great.

I'm thinking a really simple sleeveless kirtle for summer. I love working with really fine linen, it doesn't wrinkle as easy and it's so soft and nice. I could just live in my blue linen kirtle, and I wish I could fine more linen as wonderful as that. I've never liked the stiff linen you have to wash ten times or use a lot before it softens. But maybe it's worth the patience.

 

Inspiration:

(Woman in orange dress to the left, Heures de Charles d'Angoulême, late 15th century France)

 

 

(Jan van Eyck, Heures de Turin, c. 1420, Flanders)

 

I haven't decided yet whether or not to add front lacing. It depends on me finding a foolproof way of executing it without it looking absolutely horrible.


My viking clothing

Here I present to you my two very humble pieces of Viking clothing (approx. 10th century), loosely based on Birka findings. I don't own a pair of 'regular' brooches yet, so here I've used Penannular brooches to tie the apron dress together, I also usually hang strings of beads between them. I made the apron dress with four panels, the pattern was really easy to draft, it's basically four rectangular pieces with a slight trapezoid shape to allow more movement. I got the inspiration for that particular dress here, a swedish info-website on historical clothing. The tunic underneath is a very basic gored linen one. The apron dress reaches just beneath my calves.

I'm seriously considering adding brick-weaved band to the apron dress, because it is a little bit boring at this state :P

 

 

 


Spring/summer projects?

The spring is almost here and soon the summer will be, before I even get the chance to say "fabric?".

At this exact time last year I finished off my first acceptable piece of medeival clothing, a sky blue sleeveless 15th century kirtle in linen, a really simple thing with 2 panels and gores at the sides, front and back. Like this one. Still use it, because it's sooo comfortable.

After that I bought (shit)loads of wool at a Viking fair and finished a red fitted gown, a hood, and a cloak in time for Double Wars and then a set of Viking clothing and the last Kampfrau. It's a very little amount of clothing if you think of it, but I had only a year. I didn't sew anything in the autumn.

 

I have so many ideas for this spring and it's so hard to choose! Wool is usually not cheap either.

 

This is what I have to make:

- One or two more sleeveless linen kirtles for the summer, I will die if I only have wool to choose from, that's for sure. Probably variations of the one I previously linked, but with lacing and/or open in the sides from waist down.

- New wool gown, most likely a 15th century fitted thing, somewhat like my red one but with lacing or buttons, possibly with short sleeves.

- Loads of headdresses.

 

This is what I don't have to, but want to make:

- More Viking age pieces, like a cloak and/or coat.

- A burgundian gown, v-necked with fur edges! I also need an overdress, something warm.

- A 14th century mi-parti gown. Speaks for itself, with the right colours it can be so beautiful.

 

Gah, decision-making is killing me! I should really do what I've heard is effective: buy a couple of yards of a pretty fabric and decide afterwards what I will make of it. It seems like the only way to get things done for me :P

 


Tiny update

This is how the partlet looks on me. I dunno, I guess I'm okay with it, it works, you know. But I think I will make a circle-shaped gollar as well, just to have more things to choose from.

The things I have left to do on the kampfrau outfit:

* Finish the wrist part of the sleeves. Haven't figured out exactly how to finish them off yet.

* Barett. I want a BIG round hat with loads of feathers on! Weeeee!

* New underskirt in linen, I have one but it's all tattered and torn after the last Medieval week (:P)

* New shirt, or attach smocking to the neck on the old one.

* Hose

* Shoes, maybe.

 

I will keep posting here when I make all those things!


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