Today my husband unearthed another long-untouched half-way costume thing. This one I have even less justification for making than the bellydance costume. Yes, some years ago I made a mediaeval dress. The things that seem appealing when one has PhD candidacy exams to avoid researching…
Hand rolled hem along the neckline.
I don’t do historical costuming, generally. I find it both fascinating and annoying. Especially the obsession with “authenticity.” This drives me nuts mostly because, especially as you get past the last couple hundred years, the information we have about fashion becomes so intensely sketchy. Art, which may or may not be realistic. A few (very, very few) surviving extant pieces. How much variation in style, ways of doing things, might have existed at ANY point, with no surviving indication at all?
And yet, I totally get the obsession with what is actually documented and recorded. And with using authentic methods and materials. I totally get the urge to hand-sew an entire costume. This is not hand-sewn, although the hems are all hand-finished. Get a load of of my hand-worked eyelets. With spiral lacing. I was getting pretty decent at them by the end. Most of them were done while my husband was playing Dragon Age, if I recall correctly.
This was meant to be the under-dress with a surcoat. It’s cut from a zero-waste plan, using all rectangles and triangles, although I wish I’d done the godets in the skirt a little differently. I never did get the surcoat done. (My terminology is also about three years rusty… I did know the proper names for what I was trying to make at one point.)
I kinda wish I had an event to wear it to, but that doesn’t seem terribly likely to happen at the moment.
Sleeves: long and ruchy
There is actually a gusset behind the laces. Somewhere.
I pretty much suck at selfies, but didn’t have the brain-power for proper photos. And we don’t have regular Internet at the new house yet. So phone pics it is.