Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My Victorian Traveler Bag

My Traveler aka Carpet bag is finally finished! I am quite happy with how it turned out. Still want a bigger version though :)

When I made the bag I was looking at the measurements of originals, reproductions and ofcourse the original Mary Poppins bag movie prop and wrote down the measurements. So I could scale them down to fit my bag frame. Later on I wanted to check on how big, a bigger version would have to be. If I wanted it to be same size as the movie prop but couldn't find the measurements anywhere on-line anymore! I did find my own notes, but I wrote down the sizes of a lot of bags without naming them. I do remember the movie prop as being the largest one. So if  (big if people!) I remember correctly the measurents are: 21 inch wide, 17 inch tall and 7 inch depth.

Please correct me if I am wrong or tell if you know I'm right!

The original Mary Poppins bag

For more pictures of the Mary Poppins exhibit 
at the D23 Expo 2013

Friday, 2 September 2016

Viking life

Yo ho, yo ho, a viking life for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we archer and loot....

Last weekend we attended a viking event at the Archeon. The weather was great, the company was great. So even though school and work have started again it felt like a little vacation. In fact we had such a wonderful time we did't get around to making a lot of pictures. We were to busy enjoying ourselves.

Our neigbours tent with a roman boat in the background.

It might be a reconstruction of a Roman boat,
I still think it looks cool!

Our tent with my chair and our banner

I still have a lot to learn but I really enjoy doing it!

Lucky shot! ;-)

We also had a viking vacation in our vacation. Again we had lovely weather, a wonderful location and great company. I still owe you the pictures, so I am posting them here.

Enough pictures for now. If you want to see more visit the album on our facebook page: Prehistorisch Dorp Eindhoven

Although I love doing early medieval events I am really happy that I have a later medieval event to look forward to. At the end of this month we will be joining some friends at the Prehistorisch Dorp Eindhoven for some 13th century fun.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Victorian Carpet or traveler bag

Oh, how I miss sewing! Although it is very rewarding to see our house looking better and better, the garden is my favorite spot, as I like making things beautiful. I really do miss sewing, crafting and costuming most of all.
A while ago I started working on a victorian carpet bag. Which I didn't share with you because we are having some trouble with the hinges and it is still not finished. As that might take a while, my husband is still working very hard on our house, I decided to share it with you anyway!
I had been wanting to make a carpet bag for years but so I was very happy when I found the Mommy Poppins Bag pattern by Sewfearless.com. With some modifications it makes a wonderful victorian era carpet bag but unmodified it makes very nice bag as well.

Enough with the talk. Here are some pictures:

The linen lining flat-out.
Hard to make out from the picture but the 
fabric for the pockets is already in place.

The outer fabric with the leather bottom

the leather handles are sewn on.

The casing sewn on

The lining has been sewn in.

The metal bag frame is in place.

A look inside.

I used a 14,96 inch (38 cm) internal dulles frame, the largest size I could find at the time. Sold by Vacheta on Etsy. These resemble the original frames better that the tubular frame described in the pattern.

Drawing of an original frame

Original frame and bag pattern.

My frame

Somehow  we have a problem with the frame it will not close properly. This is probably due to the thick and stiff fabric I used for the casing. At this moment I am unwilling to rip the whole bag apart again to replace the casing. I just might have to though. If we don't come up with a solution.

The fabric used is not a carpet but a gobelin to match the look of the originals made with panels in embroidery (berlin work). 

From a German Ladies Magazine.

I do not have the patience to embroider my own panels and I couldn't find a affordable carpet that I liked. So this was a good solution. I choose a fabric that reminded me of the Carpet bag in Mary Poppins, the inspiration for this project.

the original movie prop from Mary Poppins

Instead of using plastic to stiffen up the bottom of the bag. We used a thin sheet of wood and added brass colored spots ("feet"). Also bought at Vacheta. Feet like these are often found on the bottom of original bags. 


Because just looking at a bag it's feet is no
fun, here is the front. 
Source: Ebay.co.uk

Thinks I would do differently if I was to make a bag with this pattern again. I would go for a larger size frame. Since I have finished the bag I found some bigger sizes available online. Most of the authentic era bags are larger, often around 20 inch wide. Which makes the bag better suited for it's purpose. I would add a lock, the bag I made now is to small to fit one and I would stiffen the fabric of the bag less or make a casing of thinner fabric, or use a different type of frame. I am quite fed up with having a nearly finished bag in the house!

Here is some eye candy to end this blog with.

18 inch carpet bag, 1860-70

22 inch wide by 16 inc tall 19th century carpet bag.

19 5/16 x 14 3/16 inch carpet bag, ca.1865
Source: The Met 

And for those of you with a little more patience.
Design for traveling bag, 
1864 La Mode illustrĂ©e: journal de la famille 

Friday, 1 July 2016

IJsselfestival Zutphen

Summer hasn't arrived yet in the Netherlands. What we have at the moment is better described as the rainy or monsoon season. Considering this, the wetter on at the IJsselfestival wasn't too bad. We had some rain but it didn't rain all day and it wasn't the type of rain where you feel like the sky is falling down. Something we had a few days prior to this event. Big bonus, we could still walk around without our feet sinking into the mud. So we actually had a good day. If the weather stays bad for longer periods of time you just lower your expectations! Although I am quite fed up.
The weather forecast was one of the reasons why our son didn't join us. It's the end of the school year and he was studying for some final tests of the year. It did pay off, some of his grades are back and they are pretty good. We where fortunate to have friends of another sibbe join us for the day and across the field there was another sibbe of good friends. So we weren't lonely!

Time for some photographic evidence!

Our banner.

My husbands wood carving always attracks a lot of attention.

As does arrow making!

Ofcourse both ladies were nalebinding. 

I have a pair of socks that I have to finish!

Preparing meals was a important part of daily life 
and the public always loves to see it. 
This is why I'v started to prepare authentic meals at events.
I'm still very much a beginner but I do enjoy it.

I wasn't too fond of the taste of the dish I prepared but the others liked it and I came down with some stupid virus that evening. So that is probably the reason why I didn't like it. Still I would be nice to have more recipes, currently I am using the Viking Cookbook which is nice.


An early meal sounds really nice as well but it is quite expensive. Do any of you have it and what is your experience with it? 

It;s sold out in a lot of place but it's still available at:

http://www.spa-uitgevers.nl/ (The Netherlands)

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Dag van het Park/Day of the Parc, Capelle aan de IJssel &Saint Brigitta's coif

Dear readers I have a confession to make, sometimes I cheat. Even worse this time I got busted!

I had cut the linen for my St Brigitta's coif ages ago and the pattern had been laying around the house for even longer. It was one of these quick little projects that I intended to do somewhere inbetween but just didn't seem to get around to it. And than it re-enactment season started and I faced my first early medieval/viking event without having a project prepared! Not wanting to be stuck doing nalebinding for three days I decided to bring my Brigitta's coif project with me. I thought I would get away with it quite easily. I've seen people getting away with costume murder so to speak and the public loving and believing every minute of it.


To my very big surprise I didn't get away with it. I had know that some of my friends would notice but some of the visitors noticed as well! I would like to think that years of educating them seem to be paying of ;-). 

With my coif finished I decided to wear it to the next medieval event, which took place yesterday.

Normally I wear my late 14th century costume but this time I decided to wear my 13th century costume instead. I hadn't worn it in a really long time and with my body aching it was also a little more comfortable. Our display did end up looking quite anachronistic with the three of us all wearing a different era costume. I think it is time for a new set of matching era costumes for these kind of events. My 14th year old son refuses to wear late medieval clothing because he finds them uncomfortable and my husband has been wearing the same outfit for at least ten years. He deserves a new outfit. Now if I could only find the time!

My coif turned out a little too big. I guess I don't have enough hair. That is the reason why I wear it on my hairline like I usually wear my veil. It was the only way I could keep it from looking strangely puffy and slipping of my head.

It is usually worn like this:

image taken from the Maciejowski bible.
Source: http://windwraith.blogspot.nl/2008/08/cap-of-st-birgitta.html

A little more on the middle of your head with a little hair showing. This is the look I love and would like to achieve. 

N.B. I started this blog on the 3oth of May, right after the event, but didn't get around to finish and publish it. Now with an another event coming soon I decided it was time to take the time to finish this blog first.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Whitsun Early Middle Ages event, Archeon

This years Whitsun event was really quiet compared to other years with a lot of people we know attending another event. On the other hand the atmosphere was really relaxed and I had a great time with the people who were there and my husband was happy to see more of me. Usually I spend a lot of time away from our tent chatting with others. The weather forecast had been really bad all week and we expected the worst. Fortunately I wasn't too bad, the nights were cold but only a couple of showers during the day. It was great to have some time off from working on our house and I actually did some sewing and nalebinding.

You can find more pictures of this event on our  Facebook page.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Victorian striped trousers part 2

The pair of trousers for my son are very nearly finished. I only need to finish sewing the seam allowance flat to the inside of the fabric. This way the seam allowance doesn't irrate the skin and the seams are nice and flat on the outside. As my son is growing really fast I won't hem the trousers until shortly before the event.

The fabric is dark charcoal grey wool with thin white stripes. The pattern is Laughing Moon #106, California Pants.