Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It - Dorothy Hartley

Anything with a vague historical bent

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply
User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It - Dorothy Hartley

Post by Annis »

Has anyone used this book for the making of their kit? Is it good/useful/easy to read/understandable etc etc.

Hm...this may need to appear in the costume thread too...


Thanks
Annis x
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

User avatar
sally
Post Knight
Posts: 1806
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:31 pm
Location: Sunny Wales
Contact:

Post by sally »

Medieval Tailors assistant is probably the simplest current and up to date one stop book

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

Yes, there is that too, but it's quite expensive on Amazon (and I expect hard to find in shops).
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

Oh, and if I go to NLHF, I'll keep an eye out for it.
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

User avatar
sally
Post Knight
Posts: 1806
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:31 pm
Location: Sunny Wales
Contact:

Post by sally »

Well, you could try the free medieval dress pattern on my webiste to get you started :wink:

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

ooh thanks! Ill take a look!

Annis x
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

Handbag
Posts: 156
Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:18 pm

Post by Handbag »

Personally i found Dorothy hartleys book a bit fantastical.
it didnt really help me much when i started out as i wanted 14th century patterns and from what i could see the ideas in this book were either too late or too early or a little bit made up.

medieval tailors assistant or if your going to NHLF there is always traders that sell patterns at good prices!!

ValTarrant
Posts: 64
Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:22 am

Post by ValTarrant »

Annis wrote:Yes, there is that too, but it's quite expensive on Amazon (and I expect hard to find in shops).
I ordered a copy through my library and renewed it a couple of times.

Val

Theotherone
Posts: 250
Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:07 pm

Post by Theotherone »

Ah, but you've gotta love the guys in the costumes - especially the fishmonger :twisted:
Because there would have to be three of them.

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

hmm....so not a great book for a 'newbie' then?

NLHF it is then.
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

Mad Mab
Posts: 220
Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:32 am
Location: I'm not sure. They won't let me out!
Contact:

Post by Mad Mab »

As the Otherone says, worth it for the photo's alone. One of my personal favourites is the hunter. :lol:
On the whole, has a couple of useful hints in it but there are more useful books available. (When you have the money, however, buy it for the photo's!)
mab
Have broom, will travel!
The Company of St Margaret
The Borderers

User avatar
zauberdachs
Post Centurion
Posts: 695
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:38 pm

Post by zauberdachs »

Aye, as the above also. I found it useful once I'd read around the subject a bit first.
Do not be loath, diligent reader, to winnow my chaff, and lay up the wheat in the storehouse of your memory. For truth regards not who is the speaker, nor in what manner it is spoken, but that the thing be true - Nennius, 8th century

Theotherone
Posts: 250
Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:07 pm

Post by Theotherone »

[quote="Mad Mab"]One of my personal favourites is the hunter. :lol:

I'm fond of that one too, but the fishmongers hair and pout JUST swing it :D
Because there would have to be three of them.

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

ooooh :( I want to see!! :x
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

Mad Mab
Posts: 220
Joined: Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:32 am
Location: I'm not sure. They won't let me out!
Contact:

Post by Mad Mab »

Theotherone wrote:
Mad Mab wrote:One of my personal favourites is the hunter. :lol:

I'm fond of that one too, but the fishmongers hair and pout JUST swing it :D
I'm going to have to go and flip through it again. I also have vague memories of the old woman who looks like she's trying to escape and a physician who looks about 12.....
mab
Have broom, will travel!
The Company of St Margaret
The Borderers

Ellen Gethin
Posts: 96
Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:03 pm
Location: Hay-on-Wye, town of books

Post by Ellen Gethin »

It's true, the physician does look about 12!
It was first published in 1931, and it struck me as being more for stage use originally, possibly - but there is quite a bit of useful stuff in it, I thought.

Now, Dorothy Hartley's Food in England is truly wonderful.
"Take wrong turns, talk to strangers, open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they're doing."
JimmyB27, absolutewrite

User avatar
Annis
Post Knight
Posts: 1191
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:59 pm
Location: Here, there, and everywhere!
Contact:

Post by Annis »

Ellen Gethin wrote:Now, Dorothy Hartley's Food in England is truly wonderful.
ooh, i think my mum has that!
"They call me 'quiet girl', but I'm a riot"

User avatar
robin wood
Posts: 113
Joined: Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:07 pm
Location: edale, peak district
Contact:

Post by robin wood »

just reading hartley's life and work of the people of england 1000-1500 which is a fantastic introduction with one of the best collections of manuscript illustrations I have seen published together. Her "made in England" is a classic scholarly study of traditional craft skills.

Robin

User avatar
Hraefn
Posts: 192
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:16 pm
Location: Concreton

Post by Hraefn »

"Now, Dorothy Hartley's Food in England is truly wonderful."

Treat in the same way that you treat her book on cossie, good as an intro but...... :?
That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again.'

Post Reply