Brooch for my horned headdress

Horned Headdress with the veil hanging behind a bit too much

Horned Headdress with the veil hanging behind a bit too much

Near the end of my post about my 15th century horned headdress I mentioned that one of the embellishing items would be a large brooch.

Well, here’s the post about that brooch!

Inspiration

Most of the paintings showing this style of hat shows it adorned by a large central jewel/brooch/etc. Once my hat was nearly done, I dug into my costume jewelery, but button box, my jewelery supplies.. and nothing really felt RIGHT. I figured instead I would need to make/assemble something.

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July 2015 HSF – Accessorize – horned headdress

Horned Headdress side view.

Horned Headdress side view.

For the July Historical Sew Monthly (previously Fortnightly) I wanted to make a hat / headdress to go with my new green sideless surcote. Luckily, I also had some leftover fabric, so was comfortable making something somewhat ‘matchy’ without being super-matchy, as the paintings didn’t really support that.

Background inspiration

I started with paintings from Pinterest, shown below:

 

Hotlinked directly from Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769715685328/ 
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769715686028/
 
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769716163477/
Hotlinked directly from Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/290200769713912512/

What I found interesting about two of the images is that they show the sideless surcote being worn by people in the same images where women are wearing the v-neck houppelande as well… (Which I also have on my costume wish-list…) and in those multi-person images, the different people are wearing different styles of hats – suggesting to me that these dress fashions and hat fashions were all worn at the same time… so perhaps I can mix and match a bit too…

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July 2015 silk shopping

In July I got over to Fabric Depot (aka 3 star fabrics) to look at their silk selection. It wasn’t as large as I remembered, and quite a bit more expensive than I had hoped for, but I ended up getting a few things, as well as some wool.

silk and wool from Fabric Depot

silk and wool from Fabric Depot

Wool

I picked up one meter of this ivory wool. It’s the same wool as bought before for my Finnish apron. Something like $16.50/meter

Blue/purple shot silk

I bought 4 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. My plan is to use this for a sideless surcote.

Blue/red shot silk

I bought 3 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. My plan is to use this with another fabric I bought, or perhaps an underdress if it wasn’t a perfect match.

Flat blue silk

I bought 3 meters of this, 100% silk at $29.95/meter. This is also intended for a sideless surcote.

 

Re-fashion: band & logo shirts (part two)

Apocalyptica t-shirt to tank re-fashion

Apocalyptica t-shirt to tank re-fashion (iPhone photo)

In a previous post I showed off a few different t-shirt re-makes /  re-fashions. I have had a few people ask how I upcycle t-shirts that I’d never wear, aren’t flattering, or just don’t fit right, so I figured I’d do a blog post showing how I’ve done some of these upcycle projects so you can do the same if you’re so inclined.

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