Picture/Garb Gallery

12th Century Bliaut
Column statue: Queen 1160-70, Provins: St. Thibaut

The first 2 pictures belong to Marguerie de Jauncourt. The second 2 pictures are my 1st try at a bliaut. Its made of satin. The woman in the picture is Katherine. (I don't think that type of satin was actually used at the time). I'm currently working on a more authentic linen one.

13th Century English Sideless Gown
left painting: Tempus Peregrinator's Gallery of English Garb

pattern: Simplicity Patterns 8725

All of these show me wearing "big blue". The man in the last picture is Dave (wearing braveheart gear). When I first made this dress, I discovered the pattern was meant for small-chested women so if you use this pattern and are larger than an A, add extra fabric for the bust. I am still mastering the art of walking up and down stairs with 2 feet of cloth trailing behind me. This pattern is likely not all that authentic. To make it more authentic, I'd shorten it to toe length, add fabric for the bust, and change the set-in sleeves.

16th Century Italian Gown
painting: Tulane Univ Theatre Dept
Vittore Carpaccio
Museo Civico, Venice
I created the pattern for this gown using a pattern for a modern dress with a similar top and added a full skirt. Someday I may make the sleeves. This type of gown is extremely comfortable and easy to dance in.

The first 2 pictures are my cloak. I believe the pattern I used was Simplicity 8987 but I'm not sure. My grandmother helped me make this while I was still learning to sew. It may not be exactly period but its fairly waterproof, its got an extra warm lining, I can fit a backpack under it, and up to 4 people can nap under it at once so I consider it a success. The left side of the third picture is a halloween cloak I made in one night (actually I made about 10 of them). This cloak can be easily made by people with no sewing experience and worked great as costumes (We used them for halloween costumes).

Early Period Garb
The first 2 pictures are of me in my earliest attempts at early period garb. The aprons are not all that period. The 2nd picture shows my 1st attempt at embroidery. Apron dresses are excellent garb to wear while feastocratting because they make good potholders but are dangerous near a campfire since they hang away from the body when you bend over. The 3rd pictures shows OD wearing a tunic patterned on the Louis tunic (and Katherine in a bliaut mentioned above).

12th Century Embriodery
To the best of my knowledge, these are actual 12th C embroidery patterns. I've forgotten where I found them.

Celtic Embroidery
These are celtic-like embroidery patterns I used on my leine. They are much simpler than the examples in the Book of Kells. I used the instructions from a Celtic Knots guide to create the top one. I only know two period stiches so I use the chain stitch for lines and the satin stitch (medieval version) for filler.