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by The sempster
Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for Medieval soft kit.
Replies: 7
Views: 2369

Re: Patterns for Medieval soft kit.

This might also help:
The medieval tailor's assistant
by Sarah Thursfield
it is an investment, but if you are looking into making more than one outfit or for more than one period it is very useful book.
by The sempster
Tue May 07, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?
Replies: 9
Views: 3614

Re: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?

sent you a pm :-)
by The sempster
Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for suppliers of worsted tape
Replies: 8
Views: 2499

Re: Looking for suppliers of worsted tape

Thank you for your help, will have a look at the market and get in touch with the suggested suppliers :-)
by The sempster
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for suppliers of worsted tape
Replies: 8
Views: 2499

Looking for suppliers of worsted tape

Hello,
I am looking for suppliers for undyed worsted tape. I have found the website of wyedean, but I don't really need 50m....
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Thanks,
Christine
by The sempster
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early male tudor costume
Replies: 12
Views: 5622

Re: Early male tudor costume

Hello Boudhewein, get yourself a copy of The King's Servant, available from the Tudor Tailor (see above). It's a very good book and focusses on noblemen at the beginning of the 16th century, so should be perfect for what you are looking for. Expect to spend some money on material, and quite some tim...
by The sempster
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th c washing up
Replies: 9
Views: 2645

Re: 15th c washing up

I know this is not really helping you with your question for authentic cleaning, but I thought I put a small correction in here, in case anyone wants to use this as a source: The description by Paur contains as examples: "ein spulgelt" (modern german: SPĆ¼lbottich = a (wooden) bucket for cl...
by The sempster
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: octagonal tent shapes - right for 1470?
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

Re: octagonal tent shapes - right for 1470?

Do you have a photo you could post here? That would make it easier :-)
by The sempster
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Is my yew bow useless?
Replies: 7
Views: 3422

Re: Is my yew bow useless?

My first yew bow was a light English yew bow, and it twists and turns in all sorts of directions. It did not damage the bow, but I did affect my aim, and once I got used to it I could not shoot any other bow without being wildly off :-) So hopefully your bow will be fine, it might just take you some...
by The sempster
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Venetian breeches
Replies: 4
Views: 2034

Re: Venetian breeches

Hi Adam,
a toile is probably a very good idea :-) Good luck. If there is a problem with the toile, just post a picture and maybe we can find out what doesn't work.
Best wishes
by The sempster
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

Re: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, looks like you had a fantastic time!
by The sempster
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: slynging or foot weaving
Replies: 5
Views: 1896

Re: slynging or foot weaving

Hi, I know what you mean, and I had a chat about it this summer. Let me get back to the lady I was talking to, and refresh my informations, and I'll post it here. It IS quite interesting
by The sempster
Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1360s/70s noble couple
Replies: 9
Views: 2614

Re: 1360s/70s noble couple

I won't be able to make friday at Torm, I'll be there on the Saturday this year. I am based near Swindon, if that is anywhere near for you, I could help you with the body block.
Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing the finished results posted here :-)
by The sempster
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1360s/70s noble couple
Replies: 9
Views: 2614

Re: 1360s/70s noble couple

Hi, for the body block I usually use a rather firm material, like a stiff calico. If you can make it fit and look good in that, anything with even a bit more give in it will be even better :-) If you use something that is too stretchy your pattern will be too small when made in something less stretc...
by The sempster
Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Dried fruit packaging in the 1940s
Replies: 12
Views: 4284

Re: Dried fruit packaging in the 1940s

Bittersweet wrote:Oooh, what programme, when and where?

Yes please :-) Our house was unfortunately massively alter in the 50ies, they moved the staircase to put the bathroom in, and all the nice things from the 1940s were hidden or taken away. I'd love to see the house
by The sempster
Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1360s/70s noble couple
Replies: 9
Views: 2614

Re: 1360s/70s noble couple

Hello, The doublet in the pictures of English Archer is the one he is wearing under the cotehardie in the Bodiam castle, and under the houppelande in the wedding picture. The points are so far down on the hips, where you need some more room when making the cotehardie, that there will be no problem o...
by The sempster
Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1360s/70s noble couple
Replies: 9
Views: 2614

Re: 1360s/70s noble couple

Hello Pantha, first of all I wish you all the best for your enterprise :-) I made the wedding garments for my husband and myself, we got married in late 14th century outfits, and I really enjoyed making the garments. I have tried to attach two photos, one of our wedding photos, and a picture of as a...
by The sempster
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How Rude!!!
Replies: 103
Views: 21224

Re: How Rude!!!

Oh we constantly get the garden-shed woodworking brigade taking photos then commenting loudly that 'I/dad/grandad could make that for half the price'. Really? Does he has the time (and the inclination), and the contacts to buy quality oak, handmade nails and hand-forged iron work to complete the lo...
by The sempster
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!
Replies: 9
Views: 2785

Re: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!

I know, there is the picture of the woman carrying a jug in the Rogier van der Weyden "St Luke drawing the Virgin" that Sarah is referring to in the MTA, but again, that's flemish. I have the sneaking suspicion that there is no English painting... :-( Well, most of the visual sources are n...
by The sempster
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ?????
Replies: 7
Views: 2595

Re: ?????

Yes it has :-)
Welcome to the wonderful world of questions and hopefully answers ;-)
Is there anything specific you're interested in at the moment, or were you just curious how it works?
Christine
by The sempster
Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!
Replies: 9
Views: 2785

Re: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!

Hi, I had a very disappointing day trying to get my new semi-industrial sewing machine set up, and it took out the mains, twice! So had to pack it all up again (weighs 17 kilos!) instead of getting started on the interesting things :-) If you're used to hand sewing the kirtle should pose no problem ...
by The sempster
Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!
Replies: 9
Views: 2785

Re: double checking kirtle pattern before hand sewing!

Hi, sorry I get into this a bit late :-) There is evidence for front laced kirtle with seams curving over the bust for ca. 1450, have a look: http://www.artbible.info/art/large/601.html. So your pattern should be ok. I take it your pattern has a front, back and two side parts (left and right), or is...
by The sempster
Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6569

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

Hi, I've made an early 14th century garment in the style of the 10 panel dress (Norlund N. 45 /D10587) and found that a fine wool twill, unlined, will drape beautifully around the body, giving lots of shape without being tight. That should work for your garment in the Codex Manesse style :-) The Ron...
by The sempster
Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cloth buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 1087

Re: cloth buttons

Hi Adam,
the russet is quite a thick material for a doublet, so I guess buttons will have to be fairly big. Which part of the button making process is causing problems?
by The sempster
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th Century pouches and bags
Replies: 35
Views: 10090

Re: 15th Century pouches and bags

Hello Velund could you please post a date for the pictures? I'm pretty sure the right hand one is Duerer, and painted in the early 16th century, but where is the other one from? The shape of a woman's purse depends on the time period your going for, a 14th century almoner purse will look slightly od...

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