Handcrafted History

Historical and modern handcraft mixed with adventures


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Medieval wedding dress

I’m in the process of making my wedding dresses, which will be from the late 15th century.

Of course I want a nice looking wedding dress, but at the same time I want to be able to wear the dress on more occasions than the wedding. So I wont be having a pure white dress, since that is really unpractical. Instead, I have bought some lovely green (yes, I know I already have that green shade on several garments…) wool, a darker green velvet and a creme coloured silk fabric. This combination will be the wedding dresses, but it’s hard to decide exactly want I want to do.

But I have started with the basic dress in the creamy silk (or is it more like ivory perhaps?) cutting out the skirt and drafting the pattern. Now I have a bunch of orders to tend to, but after that I’m planning to sew wedding clothes only for a couple of weeks!

I also plan to make H a new outfit fot the wedding. We will match, of course, so I’m looking at the late 15th century and planning a doublet in silk (see below), hose in black wool, and an outer garment made of the same green wool that I bought for myself. The shirt will be in white linen or silk.

Anyway; I’ve made a pinterest folder with some inspiration and the different fabrics I’ve bought; https://www.pinterest.se/handcraftedhist/medieval-wedding-ideas/

If you have any input on design or practicality- feel free to send me a note here or on facebook!

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The Spring Crown Tournament

Last weekend me and sweetheart went to a really good SCA event with over 200 people, lots of fun happenings, new friends and a good party. Our group Gyllengran arranged everything, though we only helped out on some small tasks. And, of course there was a tournament, won by Duke Siridean MacLachlan and Lady Jahanara. (Drachenwald crown tournament can be equaled with EM for you non-Sca people who wants to now). I had my shop with me so most of the time was spent selling stuff and talking to new and old friends, but I managed to take some photos from the event.

Handcrafted Historys shop with lots of handcrafting material, accessories for both medieval and viking outfits, some tutorials, jewelry and second hand stuff. My friend B sold stuff to the right, and Kerstin from Medeltidsmode sold her nice fabrics on the far end. Of course I didn’t need anything so I didn’t buy any fabric. I just bought a small piece for a very important but for now secret project…

To keep warm I wore my new houppelande dress, hand sewn in green wool, lined with silk inside the sleeves and trimmed with silk at the bottom. The front is trimmed with rabbit fur that I bought from a woman who breed rabbits for food and fur in her home (she takes good care of the animals, and the tanning is made eco-friendly. For me it’s really important were I get the fur from, since I’m an animal lover and strongly against any cruelty).

On my head, a 15th century hairdo and also my 16th c yellow gollar, lined with some more fur from the same as above, to keep me warm.

Banquet hall is getting prepared and decorated.

Some fighting outdoors with a really big audience.

J & Bs son had a really cute hat to keep warm, and of course a handsewed viking outfit to match his parents.

K looking awesome in her new trossfrau outfit!

My love in the middle, looking as if he had some mischief planned.

I forgot to ask for their names, but I met this really nice couple and look at her amazing headwear! Wow!

This will now turn into an inspirational blog post since people during the afternoon started to change into their party outfits. There were so much nice clothes and handcraft everywere, so I just had to leave my shop with K some time to be able to take photos (no, I didn’t have a chance to take everyones picture but I wish I did). If you know the SCA names of the persons, or the ones that are behind this really awesome outfits- please leave a comment on the post!

The event took place in a really big school, and just as we used to sit around the floors during the breaks when we were in school, some took up small picnics with handcraft during the event.

Ds party outfit, an Italian 15th century I believe.

Well done and awesome 14th century outfit.

There will be a part 2 with more photos, as soon as I have had time to sort them out. Hang in!

(And as usual, if you don’t want to appear here, just send me a notice and I will remove you from the blog. You are also welcome to use the photos you appear on, for private use only, as long as you link to the blog and write out me, Linda, as the photographer.)

 

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Dagens lästips

Idag blir det ett kort inlägg, jag är på resande fot för lite materialinköp till framtida kurser, umgänge med nya och gamla vänner och sömnad hela helgen lång!

Är du intresserad av vikingatid? Då har Burr på Historiska fynd gjort en samling mycket läsvärda artiklar som handlar om smycken och dräkt av olika slag. Perfekt för dig som funderar på vad du vill skaffa till din vikingadräkt eller vill veta mer. Bra läsning med massor av källor!

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A new outfit for A

My friend A visited some time ago and since he is the one making all my folders and paper handouts it was time that I made him a new medieval outfit. A really likes the 13th and early 14th century, so we decided to make a “bladkjortel”- a rather long kirtle with an opening at the front. The kirtle is made of two different colours since A bought the fabric on a second hand store for a bargain, and I added some buttons by the wrist to make it more fashionable for the period. The slits at the front is really common in different paintings, and good to have on a warm day. There are also two slits at the front of the sleeve seams, which is another thing very common in paintings from the period.

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I got some fabric left, so I also made him a pilgrim bag and a hood. Under is a simple linen shirt. I think the whole outfit took about 2 days to make, with lots of coffee breaks. It will be nice to see the whole outfit with the pieces A already had, maybe I could get him to take a photoshot when he’s home…

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Glötagillet 2016

My SCA group (Gyllengran) arranged a handcraft-themed event a while ago, so I thought I should show you some photos, and a couple of nice outfits that I photographed during the event. It was a chilly autumn day with a cold wind, so here comes some nice inspiration for alla of you who want to be outside without freezing. My outfit? Never mind, I actually kind of forgot it was cold outside and brought to little clothes. Lucky for me it was warm inside.

I wore my old blue winter dress, good for cold events. Here together with silk accessories like me new silk sleeves, purse, tablet woven belt and hairband, everything 14th century. But I would have needed another woolen dress, mittens and a hood to stay warm outside.

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The hairdo seemed to be rather simple, but turned out a bit tricky to achieve on my own, the braids wanted to fall down so I had to use some bobby pins. But after a few tests it worked out nicely, not one of my favorites but ok and historical accurate enough. I think I need more training in hairdos….

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I braided two simple braids and ended them with thin rubber bands, then I attached the braids to each other on top of my head with some bobby pins so they would lie secure while I twisted the band/ribbon around them. With the hairband I then pulled them tightly around my head, wrapped the band at the base of my neck, and knotted it at the start of the braids.

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At the event, the theme for this year was “hard handicraft” which basically means any handicraft that is worked out with tree, metal, glas and the like… So we had workshops in beadmaking, bronze casting, different jewelry classes and beermaking. Beer? If you know my group, then you would know that beer is a totally appropriate thing to do during such a theme. Actually, during any event, handicraft or not… While drinking coffe, of course.

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Historical beer making

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Historical glass beads in the making, with modern equipment.

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Lali’s amazing outfit from different views. English 16th century.

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Y visited with a new family member

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Great 16th century coat/jacket to keep warm! Have to make me one of those…

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S/A kept warm with a loose fitting, woolen overdress and linen veil and wimple. Great way to protect yourself from cold winds.

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Sessan in her 16th century English gown, worn over an apron, a kirtle and a shirt/shift.

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Also, lace edged underpants, socks and shoes. Good way to keep warm, and underpants- they are kind of sexy right?

Need to make me a pair of those to. And maybe a new outfit to go with them…

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Eleanor with her warm 14th century outfit. A dress with holes in the side for wearing your purse safely inside the dress, and warming your hands to.

Hood, veil and bycocket and a brocade purse with tassels.

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I made this two stand still to take some pictures of them. E (left) is wearing his viking era outfit.

A (right) has a 14th century coat made from the Herjolfnes find with hood, mittens and a coif under a felted hat.

The SCA as a community has a period span from 600 AD to 1600 AD so during our events there’s really a mix of different time periods and outfits. Great to finding new inspiration, but sometimes hard on your saving-for-new-fabric-money…

It was a great event, and after all the workshops during the day the event continued inside with food, drinks and party during the evening.

 

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Photos from Visby

This years Medieval Week at Gotland was the coldest I’ve experienced so far. I brought all my thin woolen dresses, summer clothing and the like. As a last minute-safety option I also took my green dress as it’s a little bit warmer. Lucky thought that, because I really needed all my layers of clothes along with the hoods and my short cloak/cape.

But it was a good week anyway, apart from me beeing cold, tired and sick most of the week. Because of this, and because I was working most of the week I barely have any photos at all. But some are just too good not to show so here they are…

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A windy day on the beach, a little cold for swimming but nice for wearing wool.

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H had his new 14th century outfit

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One must visit Kränku for tea or coffee…

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…and Botaniska trädgården (gardens) for roses and different trees.

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Strolling Visbys alleys.

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Finding agave plants

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…and lavendel.

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Did some medieval braids on my (mothers) cousin Eas hair while listening to music at a picnic inside an old ruin.

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Js viking outfit

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M and H as vikings in the gardens. We had plans during the week to go here, there or somewere else, but we often ended up just hanging around and talking to friends and long-time-no-see-people. That’s medieval week for you, just a mix with lots of coffe and some medieval drinks…

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Group photo with some friends in the gardens

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The Mörk family

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Y & L

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Hanging out at Kapitelhusgården medieval style, I’m so glad I had time for a couple of medieval pubs this year.

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 …and some very modern coffee at Skafferiet and the beautiful garden.

Last but not least some photos from the 100 landsknechts march

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Me, H and some friends marched in the Landsknechtmarch togehter with 150 others. And music, never forget the music!

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On the ferry home, I finally got some time to read and H took a nap.

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New male garb

I made H some new clothes for this years medieval week at Gotland. He had several tunics already, but this one is made of thinner wool and will be a little less warm hopefully. For H, being comfy and not overly warm is more important than finding the correct seams and construction for the period. But I talked him into the tighter underarms, so the style would be that of middle-late 14th century. The hosen is made of a thin, somewhat loose twill and is really soft and nice to wear against the skin. One should never underestimate the importance of choosing nice cloth and making clothes that are comfortable to wear! It doesn’t matter if you have the most awesome outfit ever, if it’s to warm and complicated to wear it will end up in the closet…

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The hood is made of a really nice fabric and have oak leaves around the edge, and metall buttons at the front. The hat is made of felted wool, and is a little early for the period, but a nice way to protect face and head from sun and weather. Under the hat is a linen coif. I made the pilgrim bag bigger than the period ones probably was, and H choose how high up he wanted to wear it. Since he likes to stash lots of things in his bag, including tablet, water bottle and other “must haves” the bag will hang more secure and tight against the body with a shorter shoulder strap.

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The tunic, hosen, bag and hood is made of wool, with seams in waxed linen and/or silk thread. Some seams are machine stitched, but most are made by hand, and then pressed down with iron and casted with silk. Undertunic/shirt, breeches and coif is made of linen. The shoes belongs to his viking garb and the belt and bag is some old larping outfit. Ready for Visby!