Monday, 9 July 2018

Medieval Tournament at the Ruïn of Brederode.

When a friend asked if we could join her at the Castle tower of the Ruïn of Brederode. We just couldn't say no. This is the place where we started doing re-enactment almost 15 years ago! In fact she was the one who gave us our first chance and after that magical event we were hooked.

If you look very closely you can see 
my Lady and me on the field.

As you can see there are not a lot of photographs with us in it. This is because we try to keep the camera out of sight of visitors and it was a really busy day!

And this is us at the Ruïn in November 2003

Monday, 11 June 2018

Vlaardingen 1018

This was by far the largest event we ever attended!
As the number or participants was also very large we got to see friends we hadn't seen
in a long time. So it felt like a reunion party and I had such a great time that I now
suffer from the post event blues.
Well at least we still have the photographs:

In a slightly different outfit than normal.
As the saying goes when in Rome do as the Romans.
When in Holland in the year 1018, dress as a Dutch lady from 1018.

Although we love my oak raven chair it is really heavy.
So my husband made a chair based upon the 11th century chair from Lund, Sweden.

My son working on a sheath for leather working tools.

Chatting with our neighbours.
Photo by Paul Meuldijk

Photo by Vlaardingen1018

Photo by Paul Meuldijk

Photo by Paul Meuldijk

Still from a video made by a reporter of the AD.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Day at the Parc, Capelle aan de IJssel.

We've been going to this event since 2010. 
It's always well organized and it's a great way to meet some of our late medieval friends.
Most of them we only see here, so I always look forward to it.

fingerloop braiding.

Learning to spin on a drop spindle; discussing the technique
(photo Jan Trouwborst)

Learning to spin on a drop spindle; actual action!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Viking/Early Medieval, Whitsun Market at Archeon

Again we had a great time at the Whitsun Market at the Archeon. 
Here I am working on a linen undertunic for a next event in June
and my son is relaxing after a long week at school. 

My husband his woodcarving always attracts a lot of attention.
After all those years it's still a form of magic to me,
 to see those figurines appear out of blocks of wood.

Finally a photo with the three of us in it!
The fire pit was from the museum but we were very grateful for it in the evenings.

A chip of the old block. my son woodcarving an arrow display stand.
(yes, proud mom speaking here)

Ofcourse a weekend at the Archeon isn't complete

without us taking up the bow and arrow.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Stuck somewhere between the 1890's, 1920's en 1018!

You probably all know this meme... (or a variation off it)

Being a self proclaimed costume addict this is true for most, if not all, of the time! Usually I don't mind but this time all three of the projects have deadlines around the same time and my every day life is kinda full, even without the costuming! 

Here is the overview:

I am still working on the Belle Epoque Evening dress, which is due in October this year. I already have given up the idea of making a day bodice to go with it , which would have been due December this year. The evening ensemble is almost finished, it just needs two hook and eyes and decoration.

I think I'm going with a version of the left version because frankly the lace option has been out voted by a good costuming friend, my husband and my son! And to be honest I wasn't too sure about it myself otherwise I wouldn't have asked them.

My husband and I will be attending a 1920's Downton Abbey garden party themed wedding. The bride and groom are both re-enactors so I don't think I will get away with converted thrift store finds or rental costumes. A dress and a suit for my husband, due this September.

Last but not least, we've have been wanting non-Scandinavian early medieval clothing for quite a while. This year we will be attending the Vlaardingen 1018 event, a commemoration of the battle at the dutch town of Vlaardingen in 1018, in June...

Commence costume stress! 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Belle Epoque Ensemble, part 2.

 I have been down with the flu for several days now and my frustration levels are going up. The bodice for my Belle Epoque ensemble is nearly done it just needs to be finished. If you follow me on instagram ( you have been able to see the progress I have made but I will share the pictures here as well.

back of the bodice

When you have to piece together a bodice from leftover scraps of velvet the chances of making a mistake with the pile is higher. I have been sewing for years and this still happens! Fortunately there is still enough fabric left.

Front of the bodice

Putting in the boning and playing around with 
decorating ideas.

The boning is in, now I just need to finish the hems and sew in the sleeves. Sewing in the lace was all I could do while having the flu. The rest really will have to wait until I feel well enough. I really love the combination of the green with the white. Still not sure if I am bold enough to decorate the dress. I'm not a frilly kinda girl, bit strange maybe when you are into Victorian costuming, and I love the clean lines of my inspiration pieces.

(l) Posthumous portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria
 attribute to Joszi Arpad Koppay ca.1898 
(m)Maria Feodorovna wearing a fur-trimmed red dress
 by François Flameng in 1894. 
(r)Edith Kingdon Gould in her red Worth dress, 
portrait by Théobald Chartran, 1898

I am still thinking of adding satin ribbon flowers or maybe some white fur to the heads of the sleeves though much like the brown fur in the portrait of Maria Feodorovna.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Belle Epoque Ensemble, part 1

For as long I can remember I've always loved the jewelery from the Turn of the century/Belle Epoque/Jugendstil. The fashion however beautiful, I think is less becoming for my short and stout build and my age. So I've never really dared to make a Belle Epoque era costume, until now that is! A while ago, quite a while ago as costumes take a long time to plan, I fell in love with Butterick pattern 3716, the Victorian Bridal gown.

So when I could snatch it up for an afforable price I didn't hesitate. Now I am starting to wonder if it would have been wiser to wait a little londer. Why, you might ask yourself. Well I am still not sure whether or not I am bold enough to wear the leg-o-mutton sleeves, so characteristic for 1890's era. I am tempted to make them a little bit smaller.

After recieving the pattern I wasn't really happy with the construction of the bodice. So after some consideration I bought Laughing Moon #103, 1890's waist with four bodice and five sleeve options. Not only is this pattern more versatile but the construction is far more historically accurate.

With the pattern pieces for the skirt I encountered the same problem. Something that I did anticipate when I bought the pattern but I had hoped that it would be easy to work around them. The biggest issues with it? The skirt has a zipper and no walking or short train option. I think I am spoiled by all the great historical patterns available. The long train was taking up more fabric than I had and the pattern pieces were to wide for my fabric.

"Insert great big SIGH" Back to the drawing board it was! 

The easiest option would have been to purchase Laughing Moon #101 1890's Five gore skirt and I would have if I hadn't been flat broke.

The line drawing on the back of envelop reminded me of another pattern. One that I did own already, the Folkwear #209 Walking skirt. Which has a walking skirt length and a short train length.

I still didn't have enough fabric for a train but I'm not a big fan of those anyway, I am far too clumsy to wear one. The pattern pieces fitted my fabric and best part, no zipper required!The biggest difference between the two patterns is that the back of the folkwear skirt is gathered and the back of the Laughing Moon is pleated. I decided to go for a pleated back, it worked better with the velvet I was using and looks slightly more sophisticated in my opinion.

And then I got a chance to buy McCalls 7732 by the talented Angela Clayton, which is also from the 1890's era. The hasn't arrived yet but maybe I will be using elements of this pattern like the belt, undershirt or coat for this ensemble.

It's hard to judge a (very nearly) finished skirt pictured on a coat hanger but at least this way I get to show off the lovely colour of the fabric, Emerald green!



I cut the skirt the exact length of the pattern pieces. The bottom of the skirt ended up on the floor. I added a wide hem of different fabric to keep the skirt as long as possible. I am going to wear it at the Salon de la Societe raffinee, so it will be part of an elegant evening ensemble. 

The hand sewing of the wide hem in progress.
Front & back view.

Here are some of the inspirations for my outfit.

Edith Kingdon Gould in her red Worth dress, 
portrait by Théobald Chartran, 1898

Original dress from the portrait

Maria Feodorovna (Princess Dagmar of  Denmark) 
wearing a fur-trimmed red dress
 by François Flameng in 1894. 

(l) Portret of Louise van Loon - Borski painted by Alexandre Cabanel, ca. 1887.
(r) Original dress from the painting, attributed to Maison Worth, paris 1886

Posthumous portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria
 attribute to Joszi Arpad Koppay ca.1898 

and ofcourse  the list of inspirations would not be complete without, Scarlett O'Hara Red Velvet Ball Gown.

The conserved burgundy ball gown worn by Vivien Leigh 
as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

The dress or me won't be anywhere near this dramatic I promise !