My first attempts at medieval attire for us were initiated in July 2021, and then COMPLETELY STALLED due to circumstances beyond my control. It is now June 2022 and I am going to try again. This summer there are no classes, no trips, and no visitors planned. Sewing seasons begins NOW.
I have long enjoyed making and wearing clothes that reproduce the feeling of an era, but this will be my first attempt at archaeologically and historically accurate garments. Note: Due to time and energy constraints and the beginnings of arthritis in my hands I will do most of the sewing on a machine – not period “accurate” but let’s face it: if they’d had machines in 800 CE they’d have used them!
Here are some of the inspirations
- Morgan Donner’s website and YouTube channel this link is to her medieval underwear video, she has many more! — actually the FIRST person I found when I did a search for a kirtle pattern last winter
- Elin Abrahamson’s YouTube (the first video I watched was Getting Dressed in the Late 14th-15th Century
- various SCA publications (including the most-recent Known World Handbook)
Second: PLANS and PATTERNS
- pattern source: Reconstructing History (well documented and explained)
- pattern source: Patterns of Time (linked directly to the “Medieval-Renaissance-Elizabethan” patterns)
Third: PROCESS (links to individual Project posts)
Last: THOUGHTS AND ADVICE
(Still waiting for thoughts…)
If this post ends here, the project is still being worked on with no discernible progress since the last update.