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So, I was thinking it would be nice for the historical costuming/general costuming folks on Dreamwidth to get to know each other better! We still seem to be pretty scattered, and I know I personally would love to read more people who are writing about historical clothing research and projects or crafts in general.

Here are some suggestions for what to fill out, but they're just a guideline. Feel free to write whatever you think will help you find new DW friends!

Name:
Where I wear my historical clothes:
Favorite time periods to costume:
Favorite thing about costuming:
Least favorite thing about costuming:
Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly):
Other crafts/interests:
Some posts to get an idea of my style:
Anything else:



Since not everyone who does historical/history-inspired costuming in DW is in the community, please feel free to link this post so it can reach a wider audience. Although [community profile] sca_attire is focused primarily on clothing from c. 500-1650 AD, this meme is for anyone who does historical or historical-fantasy costuming, whether that be Age of Sail, steampunk, WWI, or Temeraire cosplay.

Historical Costuming Friending Meme!


Thumbnail images of people wearing clothing from different historical times and places
Viking, Heian Japan, Tudor, Victorian, Age of Sail, or Steampunk--come meet other historical and historical-fantasy costumers!


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Date: 2010-11-11 03:45 am (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
Name: melannen

Where I wear my historical clothes: Everywhere!
...the occasional SCA event or renfest or historical re-enactment or performance or convention, or anywhere else I can find an excuse for a costume, or anywhere I think I can get away with it. Most of my everyday wardrobe is very much historical inspired: cloaks and capes, leather boots, white "peasant" shirts as a base wardrobe, long full skirts, and always a hat or headcovering. I would love other people who want to talk about using historical as a base or inspiration for daily wear - weather it's goth, steampunk, some other period, or just the basic European peasant that I go for.

Favorite time periods to costume: Early (17th century) American colonial, ancient Near East and Classical/Roman periods, and that sort of general Western European work garb that didn't change drastically through the whole period of the late Dark Ages to the early Rennaissance.

Favorite thing about costuming: The clothes! The natural fibers, the custom fits, the practicality, the lines and the drapery, the feeling that when you're in them you're actually wearing something substantial.

Least favorite thing about costuming: Trying to read badly-made patterns; long and useless arguments about historical accuracy; little fiddly bits (omg panes die!) that are totally nonfunctional and way more work than they're worth.

Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly): I do some sf/fantasy cosplay, and I play with costume design (with broad inspirations) a lot as part of sf/fantasy worldbuilding and art.

Other crafts/interests: PROBABLY MORE THAN I SHOULD. here's my incomplete making things tag. I write, I draw (in several media, and badly), I crochet a lot and knit a little and make my own trim and lacings, I do embroidery, I sometimes attempt to spin, I quilt, I do a little bookmaking and papercraft and calligraphy, I do various jewelry and crafts with found objects (particularly fossils), I play around with several musical instruments but never when anyone is listening, I am an archeology groupie, I camp and hike, I do a bit of woodworking or metalworking once in a while, I attempt to make soap, I bake and cook (often aiming toward that same 17th-century-English-peasant aesthetic)...I'm sure I've missed things. And I don't do nearly enough of any of those as I'd like to.

Some posts to get an idea of my style: Hrm. The project I did this summer is here; for less formal stuff, hrm, I deleted the "cloak" tag on my journal, so here's a self-portrait of me in everyday winter fashion.

Anything else: I also have a small collection of vintage clothing and textiles (the oldest is a black crepe shirtwaist and skirt from c. 1880; most are 1930s to 1960s-ish); I'd love discussion about conservation, repair, and wear of old clothes, too.

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Date: 2010-11-11 05:04 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
Name:
FlorentineScot/ Jerusha

Where I wear my historical clothes:
Mostly SCA events

Favorite time periods to costume:
yes -- haven't made anything post 1600 in many years!

Favorite thing about costuming:
The clothes themselves. Modern womens clothes just suck. :=D (said the woman who lives in jeans and t-shirts!)

Least favorite thing about costuming:
um, gimme a minute, and I"m sure I'll think of something. Mostly, it's personal -- I don't know how to draft patterns!

Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly):
kinda like F/SF, but I've never done any.

Other crafts/interests:
Embroidery (modern and historical) and photography

Some posts to get an idea of my style:
Go have a look! comments/questions about a Viking Apron are public.

Anything else:
not off the top of my head!

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Date: 2010-11-11 05:22 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
Yay for viking aprons! lol. And living in jeans and t-shirts outside of historical clothing because modern women's clothes suck! and embroidery and photography!

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Date: 2010-11-12 06:19 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Happy Dance!)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
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Date: 2010-11-11 07:17 am (UTC)
staranise: A star anise floating in a cup of mint tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] staranise
Name: Lis / [personal profile] staranise
Where I wear my historical clothes: SCA events, though other people wear stuff I make to scifi cons, steampunk events, and so on.
Favorite time periods to costume: Renaissance Italy, Britain/America 1830-1880
Favorite thing about costuming: The satisfaction of making things with a beautiful look; using good fabric.
Least favorite thing about costuming: Actually wearing the costumes! Every time I wear my own work I'm reminded of its flaws.
Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly): I'm really interested in everything, especially since I started sewing for other people. Doing Victorian men's costuming has got me interested in traditional tailoring.
Other crafts/interests: Quilting (a lot), knitting (a little), and sewing toys/stuffed animals.
Some posts to get an idea of my style: I do not post much about historical costuming, but I love to listen to other people talk about it. I do talk nonsensically about fabric and pick apart gendered behaviour in the fiber arts, especially with regard to quilting.
Anything else: I want blogs to follow and people to subscribe to. Srsly.

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Date: 2010-11-12 06:22 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
... and I ♥ semi-colons too. :-D

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Date: 2010-11-11 05:17 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
Name: Katy
Where I wear my historical clothes: SCA events
Favorite time periods to costume: Kyivan Rus, though I hope to get more towards the 13th century later as my sewing skills improve!
Favorite thing about costuming: I like looking pretty in dresses, and because of the way I'm built, I don't look pretty in modern dresses, at least I feel like they emphasize all the wrong points. So I can make clothes that fit me and look good on me. :)
Least favorite thing about costuming: Not really a fan of handstitching - but that's because I suck at it not because I really mind doing it. :p
Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly): Nope
Other crafts/interests: weaving, mostly. I'm trying to learn embroidery (yes I did just say I suck at handstiching!), learning to make ukrainian easter eggs... actually, if it's art, I'm probably interested.
Some posts to get an idea of my style:
I'm entering a pentathalon!
I have a diet challenge going too
I like archery, too
General SCA post
Anything else: I'm a phd student in history focusing on Latin America. I suck at talking about myself. My journal is generally open with comments on my job, and my mental illness f-locked. I've had a really rotten two weeks, but am generally much more upbeat and happy. Really!
Here is an intro to me post I wrote when I first started dreamwidth

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Date: 2010-11-12 06:24 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
my mom laughs at me. I love embroidery, but I loathe hand-sewing. I must admit, though, that it's growing on me. I want to learn tablet weaving.

I wanna pick archery back up. Wonder if I can remember to pick my bow up while I'm home.

I had a blast in grad school!

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Date: 2010-11-11 08:48 pm (UTC)
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pearl
Name:[personal profile] pearl
Where I wear my historical clothes: Usually when playing with either the Society for Creative Anachronism, or Fröjel Gotlandica.
Favorite time periods to costume: I really like the clothes that are around the 8-12th centuries, in Scandinavia and the Baltics. Right now I seem to be a little obsessed about Viking Age Norse dress. Last year I
Favorite thing about costuming: Figuring out pattern layouts, and sewing flat bits of fabric together to make something that fits a 3D body.
Least favorite thing about costuming: Actually finishing the seams.
Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly): Haven't tried it... yet.
Other crafts/interests: Fingerweaving, bandweaving, macrame, some wirework (but even then, it's mostly based on Viking Age stuff).
Some posts to get an idea of my style: Haven't had too much to write about lately. here's a typical post of 'I found an interesting webpage!' and this series is about my latest project, playing around with shawls.
Anything else: ... Nope.

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Date: 2010-11-11 11:20 pm (UTC)
pearl: Black and white outline of a toadstool with paint splatters. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pearl
Last year I got distracted... oops! Let's try again!

Last year I was distracted by 16th century Korean dress and textiles, in part because the archaeological finds of clothing are much more complete than the Viking Age fragments. :)

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Date: 2010-11-12 06:25 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
I dunno -- I just got 2 new friends out of it! :-D

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Date: 2010-11-13 08:47 pm (UTC)
evavano: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evavano
Where I wear my historical clothes:Just SCA events. Occasionally for Halloween ;-)

Favorite time periods to costume:16th century, sometimes 12th century

Favorite thing about costuming:Starting from the ground up, having researched how to construct and embellish the garb correctly.

Least favorite thing about costuming:The trial and error of getting the pattern just right before getting the nerve to actually cut out the fabric.

Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly):Little girls frilly dress-up clothes.

Other crafts/interests:Calligraphy and Illumination, knitting, sprang, inkle weaving, embroidery

Some posts to get an idea of my style:http://evavano.livejournal.com/12316.html for some embroidery. I guess the only clothing pics I have up are at the Guild website www.mktag.org on the "projects" page under "Flemish garb"

Anything else:Sewing time is seriously curtailed right now due to 2-year-old daughter :-)

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Date: 2010-11-14 01:48 am (UTC)
evavano: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evavano
Thanks!

Ha. I thought about posting there, but I wasn't sure if the embroidery was "period" enough. It's an old technique but rather modern motif :-) But since you asked, I will. LOL

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Date: 2010-11-14 04:08 pm (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
jsut a thought ... do you want to do that, or do you want to start an "SCA embroidery" group -- you know for all the not-quite-period things that we embroider to enhance out SCA experience -- and leave that one for the more authentic pieces.

An embroidered cooler cover, for example, is seriously cool (and you should see Lady Iofa's embroidered Anglo-Saxon tunics!) -- but it's not authentic.

And yeah, this is the fine-line that I walk as I encourage folks in the Meridian Embroidery Guild. I just want you to STITCH! -- I don't care if you can't document it today -- the next project (or maybe a project or two after that) will be a Period Piece (tm).

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Date: 2010-11-15 07:33 pm (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
Dunno if there's a way to "enforce" tags -- that would be one way to do it. Tags like "reproduction," "inspired," ... you'd need a tag for a coif that's done using a period-acceptable design (not an exact reproduction of an extant piece). One of the ladies on the Historic Needlework List made a coif that she wears in the ER -- it's inspired by Elizabethan Coifs, but the style and motifs are clearly modern.

Maybe "historically based" and "historically inspired" like you mentioned above.

I know some communities you can't set tags -- the moderators have to do that.

Recommend that they post pictures of their inspiration -- that might make it more obvious which is which .....

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Date: 2010-11-16 12:00 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
yeah. It was just a thought. It would be nice if you could set it up with a ticky-box and then they could do that!

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Date: 2010-11-14 03:46 am (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
pets the pretty embroidery. I'm all over that!

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Date: 2010-11-14 04:45 am (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
ooh pretty embroidery :D

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Date: 2010-11-14 08:48 pm (UTC)
vanderbruegghen: (What is on your head??)
From: [personal profile] vanderbruegghen
Name:
Where I wear my historical clothes: SCA events only.
Favorite time periods to costume: The area currently known as Germany and the Netherlands any time between 1450-1600 mainly around 1500.
Favorite thing about costuming: Having nice things to wear. I like people being able to recognize what I'm wearing or at least to know that it is a mostly accurate reproduction of something specific. I am starting to loathe 'generic viking' as a clothing choice.
Least favorite thing about costuming: Handfinfishing. I have carpal tunnel issues, so not only do I not enjoy making eyelets - they are harmful to my health.
Other types of costuming (e.g. steampunk, cosplay, SF/fantasy, silly): Anything where hats are involved. I think I was a milliner in a past life.
Other crafts/interests: I have tried many things but don't do them often. I have tried papermaking, silk screening, silk painting, silversmithing, metal clay, netting, brickwork embroidery, weaving (floor looms and tapestries on a frame), and a lot of other stuff I can't remember. I read hardcore sci-fi and listen to german industrial music (and most all heavy metal).
Some posts to get an idea of my style: http://vanderbruegghen.livejournal.com/65833.html
http://vanderbruegghen.livejournal.com/57118.html
Anything else: The world needs more hats.

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