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by sara1459
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Kedleston Church - 1450 dress ???
Replies: 12
Views: 3014

Kedleston Church - 1450 dress ???

Hi I have recently been to Keldeston church where I spotted that one of the tombs dated from 1450 ? seemed to be well a bit strange. I have been asked by the curator of the church to see if you guys can help. The womens head dress is very usual - rather than being a rounded top - it appears to be ma...
by sara1459
Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to help a beginner
Replies: 53
Views: 8453

Cheers Guys - lots of excellent advice. I have been training for about two months and I am okayish to go on the battlefield with a spear. Did a swapsie on a barbutie ? for some kitmaking. Marcus - I think we will be seeing you in May with the Black Maunche. Any recommendations on suppliers of spear ...
by sara1459
Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle Necklines
Replies: 11
Views: 2417

cool - learnt lots of good stuff. Cheers
by sara1459
Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle Necklines
Replies: 11
Views: 2417

Kirtle Necklines

Hello

I have been looking for some authentic sources on neck lines.

How low should the underkirtle be ?. Are there any set rules ?

Are you allowed to show your smock or would you use a linen kerchief ?

I have seen a couple of pictures which suggest you use a kerchief.
by sara1459
Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: How to help a beginner
Replies: 53
Views: 8453

How to help a beginner

I have started training - such excellent fun and I am getting very excited about going on to the battle field holding a spear. Need to work on my crappy arms. Okay I am not trying to cause any contraversy and not stiring up any tensions however 1) What is the most basic equipment I can take on the b...
by sara1459
Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Straw Hats
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Very useful but these are still peasants - how far up the pecking order did you have to be not to wear a straw hat ?

You are the one who will deal with me once I get burnt !! What is this dearest rubbish
by sara1459
Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Straw Hats
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Straw Hats

Did only peasants where straw hats ? Are there any rules about straw hats ? Last year I did not burn because of my straw hat however now I am upgrading my kit to at least a woollen overkirtle can I still wear a straw hat ? (Craig is getting armour and unless we divorce in the medieval sense of the w...
by sara1459
Tue Jan 02, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Please help - information needed
Replies: 23
Views: 3669

Sorry to go back to the original questions 1. How do you decide on your character and the clothes that they are going to wear? Depends on what you do and your sewing skills. 2. Do you make your own costumes and are there any particular reasons why? I have bought a dress - which was a good investment...
by sara1459
Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lining
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

Cheers - nice to to know I am not the only fabric freak. I will attempt the lining this week and let you know. Cannot wait till the next reenactors market !! :lol: Lots of wool - lovelly wool
by sara1459
Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lining
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

It is wool therefore it is quite thick. It is from the MTA and is the finer cote. The MTA is brilliant. I get very carried away when I see the gorgeous pictures and buy too much fabric one day I will use.
by sara1459
Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lining
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

Lining

I have at last decided to do some simple sewing rather than something too elaborate that only ends in the bin or Craig's new braies. Does a 14th Century cote needs lining and if so how do you actually line something ?. Does it need cutting to the same shape as the pattern or smaller ?. Where do you ...
by sara1459
Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with 15th C Gown!
Replies: 20
Views: 2736

Thanks Shadowcat Brilliant Pictures - I have some red linen at home and I am going to use it to make the red linen kirtle. I saw a lady at Bosworth wearing a red linen kirtle and a brocaded gown that was very tight on the sleeves and short on length. It had fur at the curf and neck She was also wear...
by sara1459
Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeves
Replies: 20
Views: 2607

Sleeves

Many thanks Alice and Sophia. Sorry for not answering earlier. I made some short sleeves for my kirtle from Medieval Tailor's Assistant however this is going to be worn with an overkirtle and is purely for my working on cheese or butter. I am going to make a second kirtle with elbow lengths sleeves ...
by sara1459
Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeves
Replies: 20
Views: 2607

Sleeves

I have just made my first kirtle in wool using the Medieval Taylor's apprentice. I have done the body of the dress however I am very confused about sleeves. Some ladies wear no sleeves - others little sleeves and other detactable sleeves. What would be the most authentic and practical ? I am also lo...
by sara1459
Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Diary Maid/housewife reference
Replies: 9
Views: 3080

thanks - lots of good stuff. Oh I think the only diary/dairy maid to be tempted to be eaten by John Prescott would be of the frozen kind
by sara1459
Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Diary Maid/housewife reference
Replies: 9
Views: 3080

thanks Vicky I shall check out these sources.
by sara1459
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Diary Maid/housewife reference
Replies: 9
Views: 3080

Diary Maid/housewife reference

Hiya Could anyone recommend a good reference on the daily life of a diary maid ? I know that there is a tudor reference from 1568 but I would like something abit older. ? Has any made hard cheese when doing living history ? Can it be done ? Is there a medieval equivalent of a "Mrs Beaton" ? MOPS lik...
by sara1459
Sun May 21, 2006 6:15 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheese and bacteria!
Replies: 34
Views: 7417

The bacteria in unpastueruised milk respires using anaerobic respiration ie as yeast does. We do the same when we run too quickly ie no oxygen. The bacteria produces lactic acid - (as we do - this causes aches in our muscles.) The acidity produced by the bacteria causes it to dissociate into protein...
by sara1459
Fri Oct 28, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Head dress
Replies: 19
Views: 4355

Head dress

Hi This is my first time at using this site so please excuse any mistakes. I am looking for a head dress which would have been worn by a fairly middle class lady in 15th century. I know you can wear a coif however I think they are a bit plain and I am sure that the medieval women even if married wom...