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Dissolving hairline? You’re a babe!

Sometimes my Google-fu is strong and I find some things to read in my boredom. And in February I found a fun article called Beauty Tips From The Middle Ages, Including How To Get A Huge, Freckle-Free Forehead. I can’t vouch for the accuracy, but it’s great fun and some good tips for the reenacting woman!

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How did I get here?

So. We all have a starting point where and when we decide to take the leap and get a costume. Some sew it themselves (I admire you guys), and other (like me) buys it. And in most cases, the things we get aren´t very historically accurate (HA), what ever that means. But it’s okay! We can’t be experts on the first try and we can’t know everything from the first moment.

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My first costume was bought and it was in black linen with big, hanging sleeves. I was a bit gothic, and the bird foot to wrap it up! Modern sandals and no thought about having a veil or covering my hair some other way. I wore this at my first ”adult” Medieval week in Visby and I was so proud!

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The following Medieval weeks I also borrowed my sisters red linen dress, and got a belt bag.

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The turning point came at the medieval week 2009 when I got some new friends and had a newly bought cape and hood, Bockstensmannen model, in wool and the double layer look really got me inspired.

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So, when I got home after Visby in 2009 I wished for money to buy fabric for my birthday and I got some green wool and with some friends help I sewed, by hand, a kind of generic 14th Century sideless surcot. I decorated it with a tablet weaved trim.
I didn’t weat it that many times, but it at least got me thinking about sewing more and that I could sew. It was a good start.

The picture is from 2010 and that year I got a pair of ”medieval” shoes, generic model and not made by hand, but it looked better than the sandals at least.

In 2010 I moved to Visby and joined Styringheim, the local group in SCA and the rest is history.

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Why am I here?

I´m a bad reenactor. And by bad I mean lazy. But I´m amazingly  good with the internet part of reenacting: pinterest, looking for inspiration, Reading other reenactors blogs, looking at fabric, jewelry and other pretty things I want to buy.

Although, a couple of times a year I get busy and create something, mostly an entire outfit. So I´m quite effective when I get to it.
So my hopes with this blog is to show that you don´t have to work with your costumes 24-7 to get a decent wardrobe of historical clothing! And hopefully it will spur us to make a bit more garb! (When we want to. After that tv show. Or after cleaning the house. Or maybe saving the Earth..)

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My Pinterest

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Im a Pinterester. A compulsive one.So I have a lot of pins for you guys to enjoy!
Not all of them is about historical cloting, but the most. Find inspiring photos and art from viking era to 1950’s.

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Favorite blogs

Eva Andersson http://evashistoricalcostumes.blogspot.se/

A Swedish friend of mine with a blog about her wicked historical costumes

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Morgan Donner http://www.morgandonner.com/

An amazing blog by a talanted american who focus mostly on 16th Century italy

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https://vulgarcrowd.wordpress.com/om/

Another Swedish dame that’s on top of things and with a focus on clothing and Culture in the 16th Century

http://www.renikasanachronisticadventures.blogspot.se/

My friend Annas blog, mostly about german 15th Century clothing. A huge inspiration for me!

Cathrin Åhlén https://katafalk.wordpress.com/

The Guru Cathrin’s blog, that has and will help and inspire me many times.

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http://somnardetbegavsig.blogspot.se/

A basic blog in Swedish but with nice pictures! En fantastisk nybörjarblogg på svenska där man kan hitta det mesta.

http://themedievalhunt.com/

A blog about reenacting 14th Century hunting. The word is Beautiful.

http://www.medievalists.net/

They provide us with the latest news in medieval history, lots of fun stuff there!

 

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