Costume closet clean out and fabric destash

Vintage black hat for sale through my Facebook page

Vintage black hat for sale through my Facebook page

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll already know I’m doing another closet cleanout and fabric destash – but just in case you don’t, I figured I’d make up a quick post.

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Pink Ghawazee Vest (a UFO project)

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

wearing my long UFO Ghawazee vest with a semi-supportive wool under dress

Years ago, when I was attending my very first SCA events with my friend Deb (who then moved away, I lost interest, and it was only years later that I gave the SCA another go…) I was looking to make some cool costumes.

I don’t even remember how I came across the Ghawazee coat / vest, though I did end up buying a bunch of coin scarves and belts and things, and took a few belly dancing classes at different events, so I suspect the whole (fairly modern) belly dance + SCA thing was a bit of a trend at the time.

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RAM Vikings – Bronze jewellery

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Along with the turtle brooches, the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) there were a number of other jewellery pieces. You can see the turtle brooches here, but today I’ll be showing off some of the other pieces.

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RAM Vikings – Turtle brooches

Bronze (with silver and niello) turtle brooch from Holbæk , Denmark

Bronze (with silver and niello) turtle brooch from Holbæk , Denmark

Two years ago in May 2019 my mum and I took a trip to Edmonton to visit the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) specifically to see the touring Viking Exhibit from Denmark. It’s taken me some time to get through the photos (and remember to post) but over the next while I’ll share some of the highlights from the exhibit, hopefully to help any other reenactors or costumers get inspired for their own future projects!

Today’s post is all about turtle brooches!

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Red and gold sideless surcote – HSM April 2021

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Back in 2019 I threw out my back right before an SCA event. I wanted to still attend, but found myself wondering what to wear – since I also wanted to wear a short corset to support my back. I decided to use a regular underdress, then my corset, and then a sideless surcote which still gives me easy access to adjust the laces/etc. Having them in my wardrobe was fantastic, since most of my other garments really wouldn’t give me that ability.

Since I totally love all the wacky wild 15th century hats, I thought it might also be a good idea to pull together a few more sideless surcotes to add to my Medieval Capsule wardrobe since they’re pretty easy to wear, and I certainly have enough headwear to accompany them! Continue reading