Burgundian V-neck Gown – research

My second attempt at a Horned Hennin. This hat is made of dark red cotton velvet and embellished with faux pearls and metal billaments.

15th century horned hennin. In this photo you can see the length of this particular veil.

To accompany my new horned hennin, I want to make a V-neck Burgundian gown. This has actually been on my wish-list since 2014, so this is a good time to start looking at the styles.

This is specifically for the elevation of my friend Philippe to order of the Laurel this spring. Philippe is a lawyer in 1431 Paris. Based on my brief look at visual sources for the style of horned hennin I made, I’m placing it 1400-1460. This means I’ll be looking for V-neck Burgundian gowns from the same era. Continue reading

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Horned hennin documentation

My second attempt at a Horned Hennin. This hat is made of dark red cotton velvet and embellished with faux pearls and metal billaments.

Selfie in my new horned hennin

On January 20, 2018 I’ll be presenting my research, documentation, and finished hat for comment only at Montengarde’s Twelfth Night. I’m not entering the competition to be Montengarde’s next A&S champion (since I only stepped down as Kingdom champion in November!). I wanted to share my documentation here – in case I need a digital version at the event!

Horned hennin documentation PDF

To see the full blog post with even more photos of construction/etc, visit my horned hennin blog post, or click the category for 15th century French to see more research, accompanying garments, and other projects from this era.

UPDATE
Here’s a photo that the Baroness of Montengarde took of my display at Twelfth Night!

Horned hennin competition display

Horned hennin competition display

New Egyptian necklace research

Goofing around in my Anubis mask with my new Egyptian costume - a teal and orange sheer layered costume featuring a sheath dress with sleeves and an empire waist, and a coordinating teal over layer.

Goofing around in my Anubis mask with my new Egyptian costume

For my fantasy Egyptian costume (Anubis) I made a necklace with black and gold plastic beads along with turquoise spacers. Since I’ve made a (slightly) more realistic costume.. (pending lots and lots of hand work for an even more realistic costume) I thought I’d update my necklace as well. Continue reading

Egyptian costume – September 2017 HSM

initial sketch looking at options for my Egyptian costume

sketch for my Egyptian gowns

September 2017’s Historical Sew Monthly theme is “Seen Onscreen”. It was finally mid-September when I finally got my full sewing space back, and I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to make something for this challenge (actually on time…rather than all the others that have been very, very late) but I figured I’d give it a go anyways.

The theme

September: Seen Onscreen – Be inspired by period fashions as shown onscreen (film or TV), and recreate your favourite historical costume as a historically accurate period piece.

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Preparing for an A&S competition

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials

As you might know, I’m hosting a few SCA A&S (Arts & Science) competitions this year, and frequently people seem intimidated by the documentation aspect of competitions.

I’m in NO way an expert on this… I’m still pretty new to the SCA, and haven’t travelled outside of Avacal to see how things are done elsewhere. Still, I’ve been to, judged, and competed in a few competitions, and have some suggestions and things to think about. Also, there will be a Documentation 101 class coming soon in Montengarde (Calgary)!

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