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I'm going to be in an SCA wedding this summer (in about a month, so I really need to get moving!)

It's Tudor-ish, and since I'm a groomsman, I'm doing male garb, and since I'm not male, that means crossdressing. Which is yay, because crossdresing is fun. It also means the first time I've really worked with male period clothing beyond the very basics. I was given patterns from the book "The Tudor Tailor" (on which I now have Opinions), and I started with basic shirt and basic hosen. Since I decided to do them entirely hand-sewn, they're all I have so far - I'll be adding a green velvet and gold slashed jerkin, panes and a hat, and if I have time, a doublet and a bonnet.

Pictures of the shirt and hosen )

And now, a question I would like to put to the community: does anyone know of any SCA or period in general resources for crossplay/crossdressing, and specifically, for period-or-close-enough breast binders?

As the photos show, I don't need much, and if I fit the jerkin right I may not need anything, but I would like to be able to take the jerkin off and still more-or-less pass, and currently, that only works from a distance.

I found a muslin/linen binder pattern for Civil War re-enactors (by going on an adventure through the wayback machine, or I would link) but that's all I've found. If I don't find anything better I might try making a modified version of that one, but I was honestly quite surprised that I couldn't find anything SCA-ish on the topic when I looked online.

...I am also thinking of getting my hair cut in a period men's style (I've been thinking of getting it short anyway for the summer, so why not?) but another thing I was surprised to not find was resources for period men's hairstyles. Any advice or resources, or should I just start looking for hatless portraits?
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[personal profile] holyschist
What sewing skill or technique did you think you'd never master but did?

What sewing skill or technique do you currently find frustrating or intimidating?

Maybe someone will have a tip for you!
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Is now up in my journal. You can find it at: http://alessandra-da-firenze.dreamwidth.org/3402.html

I also got a notice that Amazon shipped my copy of Moda a Firenze today, so I may have it Friday, which would be the most awesome thing ever.

(If people would prefer I cross-post than leave links, let me know. I'm just trying to save bandwidth.)
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(This is crossposted from my personal journal, but in the future I'll just be linking!)

I've been inspired by the burial dress of Eleanora di Toledo, although I won't be sticking strictly to it (I like my side lacing, for one thing).



fabric pr0n below the fold )
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[personal profile] holyschist
What project(s) is/are you working on right now? Are they going well? Have you run into any difficulties? Solved any problems? Learned something new?

I'm embroidering an Elizabethan coif, slowly working on an Eleanora of Toledo sottana (it will be my first hand-sewn 16th century, and possibly my first hand-sewn anything), and researching men's Viking Rus clothing. Plus I have this shirt in pieces that I'm supposed to be remaking so it's actually wearable. I really should finish that.

...yes, I have Too Many Projects.

What about you? What are you doing this month?
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I was thinking about what I wanted to contribute to Three Weeks for DW, and wandering around this community, and I had a pretty brilliant idea! I have 12 yards of green silk (dupioni) that really wants to be a nice summery Florentine gown, and this here alternate journal (I'm normally [personal profile] princess) in which to chronicle the making of such a gown!

I've checked with our mod, and she says it's cool if I cross-post/link my entries, so I wanted to let everyone know that in just a few days you can, if you like, follow with me as I create a very green dress.

(There may be auxiliary Dress Diary as I help a friend create her first Florentine as well...)
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What are some of your favorite portraits*, the ones you would love to recreate if time, money, and skill were no object--or the ones you have recreated, or are working on recreating right now?

*Or extant garments. :)

Do you have a favorite site for browsing portraits or other period artwork?

Some of my dream clothes, with images, all 14th-16th century Europe this time - LONG )

Mostly I browse Wikimedia Commons for portraits and art, although it can be overwhelming. It has the advantage of having stuff from a lot of different countries and times. Tudor and Elizabethan Portraits is pretty good for 16th century (and not all English), although much less comprehensive.

Post your favorites in the comments--images or links--and tell us why you love them!
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The Ottoman Empire was a Turkish state which lasted from 1299-1922, but the height of its power was in the 16th and 17th centuries.

This post is for providing resources on clothing, jewelry, hats, shoes, and other dress accessories in the 16th-17th century Ottoman Empire. These can be books, websites, museums with artifacts, or anything else you find helpful in making Ottoman clothing.

Please include the following in your subject line:

[type of resource] Topic

For example,

Subject: [book] Ottoman textiles and clothing

Comment: Ipek: The Crescent & the Rose: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets, edited by Julian Raby & Alison Effeny.


If you like, please feel free to provide a summary as well.
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[personal profile] holyschist
Welcome to [community profile] sca_attire. At present we have one moderator, [personal profile] holyschist.

This community is for discussion of historical clothing and accessory projects, mostly focusing on "SCA period" (c. 500-1600 CE), from anywhere in the world. There's no official early cutoff, so if it's earlier and not completely made up, post away. Up to mid-17th century is fine, too.

Despite the name of the community, you do not have to be in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Members of other reenactment groups and Renaissance festival patrons and people wanting to make historical costumes for Halloween or theatre and people who just like learning about historical clothing are all welcome! All levels of sewing knowledge are welcome, and everyone from hard-core reenactor to casual Halloween costumers is as well.

Please keep in mind that not everyone will have the same commitment to historical authenticity, but this is also not really the place for pure fantasy costumes. It's totally okay if you want to make stage or Halloween costumes, or wenchwear for the Faire! This can be flexible, so if you're not sure, ask [personal profile] holyschist.

Ideas for Things to Post:

  • Questions about historical clothing and accessories

  • Resources and sewing tips

  • Dress/project diaries

  • Pattern and book reviews

  • Discussion questions related to historical costuming

  • Ads for items you have made yourself or used clothing/costume books/supplies/etc. (not more than once per week)

  • Other stuff related to historical clothing


FAQ )

Resources

There will be periodic resource posts for people to suggest useful resources on a topic, e.g. 16th century Italy. If you don't see a post linked here for what you're interested in, please feel free to start one! Please try to be specific to a century/period and culture if you're starting a new post (e.g. "Ottoman Turkey", not "Middle Eastern").

Ottoman Turkey, 1500-1700

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[personal profile] holyschist
Some questions for discussion this week (and may influence which resource posts get started first):

1. If you have a persona or other reenactment focus, what period and place is that?

2. What is/are your favorite periods/places for clothing?

3. What period/place would you like to learn more about for clothing?

4. Are there any post-1600 areas of dress you're interested in as well?
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So, in the interest of making this community a more active place, I've been thinking about some ideas. I'm going to start posting discussion-ish questions once a week or so (I expect to eventually run out of ideas for these, so if you have a topic of discussion relevant to historical clothing that you think would be interesting...go for it!).

Would there be any interest in any of the following:


  • Community challenges (e.g. "Over the next three months, make a hat" or "Add embroidery to a garment", stuff like that)?

  • A yearly contest, where people post pictures of their favorite outfit made that year and the community votes, possibly with a small prize?

  • A gift exchange, where people make small dress items or accessories for each other?

  • Resource posts (I'm thinking the top-level post would be a topic, like "Italy, 1500s" and then people would post their favorite resources in the comments)?


What would you guys like to see happen here? What would encourage you to post and participate more?
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Am I correct in interpreting the Wadham shift (no 83, diagram on page 120) as being cut without a neck gusset, with an ungathered neck? The C shape of the neckhole seems more rounded than that on shifts with neck gussets, but I would still wonder how strong it would be at the point on the side of the neck without a gusset.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] sca_garb.
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[personal profile] holyschist
I would like to make an Eleonora of Toledo-style 1540s Florentine gown, but I am deeply confused about baragoni. I haven't the first idea what shape they'd be before you put them together, much less how you put them together. Does anyone know of a good resource (article, dress diary...?) on how to make them? I've been searching and haven't yet found what I'm looking for.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] sca_garb.
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[personal profile] holyschist
I finally finished my Elizabethan gown "in the Polish fashion" (closed with frogs)--I have been sewing on frogs a few at a time for months, since I hate it so.

It's loosely based on the Darnley Portrait and the Peace Portrait of Elizabeth I. It's my first attempt at a fitted Elizabethan gown and I'm still working out some problems with the doublet pattern, but overall I'm quite happy with it.

A photo! )

More commentary at my DW account (including what I'm going to fix next time around) and photos at my Flickr account.

I did make a necklace and girdle to go with it, but I couldn't find them before the event last Saturday (I finished attaching the frogs at 12:30 am the night before).

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