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!
Monthly Archives: augusti 2015
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.
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!
The following Medieval weeks I also borrowed my sisters red linen dress, and got a belt bag.
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.
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.
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..)
Eva Andersson http://evashistoricalcostumes.blogspot.se/
A Swedish friend of mine with a blog about her wicked historical costumes
Morgan Donner http://www.morgandonner.com/
An amazing blog by a talanted american who focus mostly on 16th Century italy
Another Swedish dame that’s on top of things and with a focus on clothing and Culture in the 16th Century
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.
A basic blog in Swedish but with nice pictures! En fantastisk nybörjarblogg på svenska där man kan hitta det mesta.
A blog about reenacting 14th Century hunting. The word is Beautiful.
They provide us with the latest news in medieval history, lots of fun stuff there!