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by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: To hood or not to hood?
Replies: 3
Views: 3886

Re: To hood or not to hood?

From experience on my first event with all the time and £ spent on the rest of the family, I didn't have enough layers at our first event. A hood makes an astounding difference to body heat, as did having sleeves long enough to cover the base of my hand. Period correct, thermally practical - because...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Late 14 century costume advice
Replies: 5
Views: 3383

Re: Late 14 century costume advice

Stuart is right - but as he says, he gives a counsel of perfection. In any period start with basic lower status. Even if that is lower than you initially intend. Some can invest lots of money in the knowledge and skills of one of the many, very good to costumiers or producers - and get there straigh...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or wool.
Replies: 3
Views: 2484

Re: Linen or wool.

Guthrie is right - weight and weave means that you can have heavy, warm wool cloth (thick fulled meltons) and fine, cool wool cloth (nun's veiling). You might find it interesting and certainly useful to look at the Sumptuary laws - which often governed what fabric could be or could not be used, by w...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval costume
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

Re: Medieval costume

It's a link to an aurora borealis tour website?
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Event Announcements
Topic: Grand Regency Ball, The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Replies: 0
Views: 1780

Grand Regency Ball, The Assembly Rooms, Bath

The 2018 ball is being held on September 22nd, 7 - 12pm A perfect public time-tarting opportunity. Brilliant evening to make up a table for an group outing or for spoiling a non-camping partner. Fully costumed event using the Assembly Rooms for their original purpose - card room, bar, supper rooms, ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Annual Grand Regency Ball, The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Replies: 0
Views: 2900

Annual Grand Regency Ball, The Assembly Rooms, Bath

The 2018 ball is being held on September 22nd, 7 - 12pm A perfect public time-tarting opportunity. Brilliant evening to make up a table for an group outing or for spoiling a non-camping partner. Fully costumed event using the Assembly Rooms for their original purpose - card room, bar, supper rooms, ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath
Replies: 1
Views: 2371

2018 Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath

The 2018 ball is being held on September 22nd, 7 - 12pm Full event details here: http://www.farthingalecostumes.com/index.php/17/ including booking ball tickets and workshop tickets. A very pleasant evening, worth the ticket price, with a supper hall, ball room, bar and rooms to chat and stroll thro...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Want to buy ACW kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1126

Re: Want to buy ACW kit

D - please check your messages or email spam filters - S
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century, female dress question.
Replies: 4
Views: 3447

Re: 15th century, female dress question.

Other options are that they are high necked kirtles, which should be worn under gowns, (see the train bearer in the first picture for the bloack underskirt) and the train bearer in the second picture (the closure line down the front of the black under garment - also seen in the woman behind). Garmen...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party
Replies: 2
Views: 2589

The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party

Spa Rout header.JPG A rout-party in the late Georgian Spa town that entertained Prinny and his siblings, refuge to Harriett Wilson’s kept sister Sofia (later Lady Berwick) in her widowhood. An inclusive evening to dance, talk, enjoy old and make new friends. ----------------------------------------...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 7253

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

But surely there are three basic re-enactorisms which everyone understands? 1) Re-enactment is the only place where men can loudly admire one another's shoes in public without assumptions being made about their sexuality. 2) Put one group of ten re-enactors in a closed room for four hours and when y...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 7253

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

Playing devil's advocate again, Colin? :twisted: That is a question to be decided by a person's group and advised by their authenticity officer. However there is no doubt that there was crappy linen in the C15th, just as there are crappily made tee-shirts now - hence Guild restrictions and internal ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 7253

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

No, I don't re-use the cotton or suggest (see past posts) it as suitable for medieval or other non-cotton periods. It isn't just the historical imperative of being wrong for period: if you are not used to wearing the full set of past undergarments it is simply practical for several reasons: cotton d...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri May 15, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath
Replies: 1
Views: 2371

Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath

A perfect public time-tarting opportunity. Fully costumed event which uses the Bath Assembly Rooms for their original purpose - card room, bar, separate supper rooms, hot buffet supper and a large room dedicated to dancing, without having to move supper tables about and orphan diners (I'm always one...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 13, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume Queries
Replies: 2
Views: 1820

Re: Costume Queries

If you give people an idea of the clothing sizes required and the standard you are broadly aiming for ( I like second hand kit for very many reasons but define it in four broad standards - whether it is for fancy dress, for theatrical costume, for beginner re-enactment or for interpretative history ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Female Headgear
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

Re: 14th Century Female Headgear

The trick is a fillet - pm me for details
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

A wiser soul told me that due to the modern mainstream fear of the perceived 'difficulty' of wool (moth, laundering, expense, relative wear) a small percentage of selected 'other' fibres are added to enhance wear I think that anything 5% or less 'other' while it still has to be listed as a wool mix ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

ABSOLUTELY!

And that is why any linen apron worn over wool in a later period re-enactment kitchen should alway be tied with a quick-release lover's knot (tie a bow, but pull one end through competely, effectively making a one-loop slipknot which can be released by pulling on one end).
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval sewng techniques
Replies: 1
Views: 1741

Re: medieval sewng techniques

I started with googling "medieval sewing stitches" and there are a raft of items out there, from basic cut and paste website-fillers to archeological reports breaking down stitch usage by site and date - with diagrams (1). So I couldn't even proffer a possible likely selection (2) that you...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Late to the party, but this is what I was taught when still new to things and it has saved false economies. If you are not sure of your fabric content, you need to take a sliver of the fabric in question and a lighter - this is best done over a sink with some water in it - and do burn test. Cotton a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2109

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

You can either split wool tapestry lengths down from 4 to 2 filaments, choosing "off" (ie grayed for blues, earthy for reds, yellowed for greens or muted) or plant colours if you know the colours achievable. Often you see bundles of leftover skeins coming up on ebay which is a cheap way to...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Embroidery Frames - High Medieval
Replies: 7
Views: 2245

Re: Embroidery Frames - High Medieval

You need a pegged slate frames: principle below, but without fancy turning. Examples http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/shop/index/1 - cheaper, but doubtless subsidised price more victorian http://www.siestaframes.com/acatalog/Slate_Frames_.html - blocky construction, but uncontraversial ebay: http:...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval pressing
Replies: 7
Views: 2354

Re: medieval pressing

At one early Kelmarsh I needed to press a very heavy wool seam flatter for something we were making on site. Clean Iron ladle with a few embers in it, keep it moving quickly and tell the suddenly-interested to move back or let you concentrate so you don't singe the cloth. It's a modern approach to n...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2109

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

You can unravel the edge of the fabric you are using and use the threads to sew the garment. A friend did this with a lower status C15th gown made from recycled blanket which had been washed a couple of times. The only problems she had were surmounted by practice by the end of the process 1) that th...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 7807

Re: Linen Kirtles

......are you commenting on m'size or the touch of theomorphism (which the tablets are sorting, thank you very much)? Either way, that's the cost of another stamp you're saving me this Christmas.
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 7807

Re: Linen Kirtles

It is about approach, method and construed argument - not content.

Shame on you, youngling; society expects my cohort to be scary. In suggesting anything else you're throwing the government's conceptualised demographics off and bringing down Ragnarok.......
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 7807

Re: Linen Kirtles

I know what I know, I know what I do and I hope I know enough to learn from others what I can. Some might argue that there is no point breeding the correct sheep, shearing, spinning, weaving, dying, hand sewing and wearing the correct cut of fabric if you can't publically share the end result. Some ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice please on square neckline
Replies: 12
Views: 3224

Re: Advice please on square neckline

Wholly agree with Saracen. C15th square neckline tend to come in with the new Tudor dynasty. For the period of the later Plantagenet dynasty rounded necklines at all levels of society, or very late, wide, straight, barely-on-the-shoulder court necklines are the norm. This gown may be a fancy dress a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 7807

Re: Linen Kirtles

Go-Janet- GO! Exactly. The "Can I wear / is it right to wear/ can anyone point me at provenance which supports me wearing linen kirtles in Late Medieval England" question comes up almost as regularly as Cosmopolitan's "Find Your G-spot" articles. The original poster is asking for...

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