tisdag 21 mars 2017

Taking in my investiture gown

One of this spring's projects is to take in my late 13th-early 14th century gowns over the bust. Now I have remade the shiny investiture gown. It was a little tricky because of the lining. And the fact that I placed the sleeves backwards one when I put them in again.

Now I am committed not to gain that weight again, because I cut away the excess fabric :)

I will take proper photos later - probably in spring when I have some nice outdoors to take photos  in :) The colours are a little wonky too in at least one of them, since it was dark in the room. But I feel so pretty!

A knitted barrett/flat cap

On Friday I started on a knitted flatcap/barrett. I used Marion McNealy's (yes, that Marion McNealy, of "Drei Schnittbücher" fame) pattern based on an Italian barrett from the wreck of the ship Gagiana.The pattern can be found on her web site for free!

It's very simple, and a quick knit. Since I was at an event most of the weekend I couldn't knit as much as I would have done at home (there was, after all, court to plan, and to hold :) ). And still I finished it Yesterday.

I used a worsted weight yarn bought cheaply at a supermarket some years ago and 4,5 mm needles (US #7). The barrett was fulled in the washing machine on 60 degrees Celsius.


And, because I think it's funny, A photo of how little it takes to make you look period if you crop the photo so that only the head and neck is visible:

söndag 19 mars 2017

Red Manesse gown again

Hubby took this photo of me when we were at the Barony of Gotvik's event St. Egon's Feast this weekend. I'm hoping more photos from the event will surface from other people eventually.

The sun was very bright, as you can see from my squinting eyes :)

onsdag 15 mars 2017

Re-making my red gown from ca 1300

I've lost quite a lot of weight since I made this gown last summer, you can see how it looked then here. 
So today I've taken it in 4-5 inches over the bust, letting it slope out from there to the hem. And remade the sleeves to fit the new armscyes.

While you can wear this style with very varying weight, they do look better if they're not too large over the bust. I started with this one,  since it's not lined, which is a bit easier. Though more hand work since I have to fell seams again.
I will have to remake a lot of clothes, including the shiny investiture gown. That will have to wait though, because I'm going to wear it this weekend and I don't want the stress of picking it apart and remaking it before Friday.

Smaller boobs is a Very Good Thing!

torsdag 9 mars 2017

Wearing Italian medieval style clothing in a medieval Italian town

I was going to save these photos for when I had the time and energy to make a proper page for the outfit, discussing the inspiration and sources. But with all the work I have to do now that would mean at least a month before I could post the photos my husband took of me wearing early 14th century Italian clothing outside a late 13th century palazzo in Bologna. Which is fitting, since I first noticed this style in paintigns of the so-called "Bolognese school"

And since I am all for instant gratification I'm posting them now. It is the brick building with the wooden pillars, not the red plaster one, which probably "only" is renaissance ;)  Its name is Palazzo Grassi.


måndag 6 mars 2017

New haberdashery from Italy

Hubby and I went on a short trip to Florence and Bologna. from Friday to Monday. Of course most of the time was spent sightseeing, but I did do some shopping too.

These are from Passamaneria Valmar (on via Porta Rossa) in Florence. The lower trim is actually rolled inisde out, but you can see some of the front of it in the middle of the bundle.

And this lace is from the same haberdashery/women's underwear shop on Via Monte Grappa that I visited last time in Bologna, where I bought the lace I am writing about here.

torsdag 16 februari 2017

Adverts for fashionable clothing in 1916

Still doing research on Swedish weekly magazines from the 1910s. The bonus of this is of course that I get to photograph a lot of adverts that are useful sources for fashions of the time.

The summer blouse "Astrid", sold by "Astréamagasinet", who claim to be Stockholm's oldest shop specializing in blouses)

Advert for Florodol soap, who advertised in every issue of "Vecko-Jorunalen". This one claims that you increase your marksmanship (in the game of love) by using the soap.

"New corsets", ad for A. Jönsson & co, from Göteborg.

Cheap ladies' lingerie advertised by Nordiska Kompaniet, the first Swedish departement store, in Stockholm.

"All kinds of clothes, for gents, ladies and children" . Advertising for "Syfabriken i Älfsered".

Viking shoe polish for textile shoes. The brand still exists.

Two ads from the Gothenburg departement store Vollmers-Meeths (later just Meeths). Taffeta skirts and white blouses; and their corset "Tango". Of course tango was all the rage at the time.

And finally four adverts from the Gothenburg based sewing factory Wettergrens, who were known for staying very true to the Paris trends.