Wednesday 27 June 2012

Monday 25 June 2012

Oertijdkamp/ prehistoric camp, Hunebedcentrum, Borger

The Sunday at the Prehistoric camp was very wet and there was a lot of wind. Because of the bad weather there weren't many visitors. And who can blame them!? We did have a good time, catching up with friends and fellow re-enactors.
Lucky for us, we had arrived on site on Saturday. When the weather was still lovely. This ment that we could set up camp dry and make some lovely pictures.

You can  find more pictures at (foto's/2012)

Looking at the pictures of me in my 5th century peplos style dress I am not wildly enthusiastic. I am not happy with the way it makes me look. So I really need to think if I want to go through with working on this costume. On the other hand the historical period does intrigue me and I learned a lot about the costume by talking to the people who work there. There is still a lot that can be improved on this costume, the accessories and the information available about it on the internet. So I just might be tempted to put my vanity aside...

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Red 50's style Hellbunny dress

Now this is a dress I would love to have the sewing pattern of! It's the red  with white polkadots Olivie dress from Hellbunny. One of my favorite clothing brands. I am not wearing my What Katie Did Merry Widow underneath. Because there was no one the help me getting into it when I was getting dressed. But I am wearing a crinoline underskirt. And my husband liked the surprise when he got home from work.

Having fun with my cateye sunglasses...

My husband was having fun. But be honest it is a great apron, isn't it.

Monday 11 June 2012

Kelten door de tijd/Celts through time, Dag van het Park, Capelle a/d IJssel, 2012

The day before the event it was cold, rainy and there was a lot of wind. So I decided to hurry up and  finally finish my nalebound striped kneesocks.

We where lucky on the day of the event the weather and the company was great. Two good friends Mark Beusen en Marie-Louise Wasiel of Dutch Craftsman joined us for this event.

My whole family had a truly productive day.

At the stand of Dutch Craftsman kids could make carvings out of a soft stone. This Raven was carved by my son Myrddin. It is the Raven from the Muninn and Huginn banner. His dad made the drawing for him.

My husband made two antler nalebinding needles and I finished another pair of socks.

You can find more pictures of this event on our website (foto's/2012)
I really like my picture. I was suffering from a severe flu the week up to this event and I am still not feeling really great and it shows.

Our next event will be on the 24th of June at the Hunebedmuseum in Borger, Drenthe. And I think I will follow Catherine advice and make a natural colored linen peplos. It is the most authentic, practical and affordable solution.

Sunday 3 June 2012


My husband and I managed to make our son a linnen undertunic, linnen thorsberg trousers and woollen thorsberg trouser in three days. It was a true team effort ;) I didn't finish the nalebound socks that I had started on. I didn't think I would need them and as it turned out I didn't need them.
On site we transferred Myrddin his old linnen undertunic in a sleeveless tunic. Which he appreciated very much.It was Ranger's Apprentice day on Sunday, as my son is a HUGE fan he had his picture taken. Doesn't he make an excellent Will!? ;)

Our next event is coming up fast! Sunday the 10th of June we will be attending Kelten door de tijd/Celts through time at Capelle a/d IJssel. Althought the title is Celts through time. We've been hired to portrait a group of Vikings... I am thinking of wearing my 5th century style outfit, which is basicall a peplos. Mainly because I think it's suit the events title better....   and I need a better picture of the costume for my costume website.
Unless it is very warm that day, a peplos without undertunic is perfect summerwear. I'll probably wait and make a more authentic version of this costume first. I am not complety happy with it, the way it is now. On the 23th  and 24th of June we will be at the Hunebed Museum in Borger, Drenthe.  I would be  great to make a picture of me wearing my peplos in front of the Hunebed.

Members of the Vikinggroup Vina made me this Sprangcap based upon a Iron Age hairnet found in Arden (North- Jutland) and the, much earlier, hairnet of Queen Gunhild. Eva made the Sprang hairnet, Corine the woven band. I dyed the madder red yarn used for the cap.

But before I can make a picture I need to make some pretty hard choices.

Do I want to make an accurate reconstruction of the nearby found "Princess"(who was more likely a priestess) of Zweeloo. Evidence suggest that she wore a white diamond twill linen peplos. Which is really lovely and linen is great for summer wear but diamond twill linnen is expensive and white is impractial.

Or do I make a peplos of unbleached natural colored linen. I haven't done any research on 5th century natural dyes so I don't feel free to use colored linen.

Or do I use colored woollen fabric for the peplos. There are several finds, like the Hulderemose Peplos for example, of woollen peplos type dresses. Unfornately I can't wear wool on my bare skin. So I couldn't wear it without a linen undertunic and than it would lose it's purpose as summer wear.

I guess I'll just have to be patient and do some more research before starting on the project.

I intent to sew the tube by hand. I started sewing my Frankish undertunic by hand at Whitsun and I actually liked it.