Friday, August 7, 2015

15th century Dominican monk outfit

We are going to the medieval faire of Levie, in Corsica, the 4th, 5th and 6th September so my boyfriend and I had the idea to make him a Dominican monk outfit, since he loves Girolamo Savonarola.

As always when you want to make a historically accurate outfit, research is the first thing to do. I am going for a 14th century type of tunic, with narrow sleeves and flared front and sides. Some pictures I found are from the first half of the 1400s.

 Fra Angelico - Dominicains 1420.

 We can see here the narrow sleeves and also the collar of the tunic.
Bartolomé de las Casas - Anonyme 1566.

 Another exemple of narrow sleeves. 
Saint Dominic detail of la Pala di Perugia - Fra Angelico 1437.

 Retable de Fiesole - Fra Angelico et Lorenzo di Credi 1420-1501.

I decided to go simple fabric wise, since he will be a monk I chose white cotton for the tunic, black and white cotton piqué for the hooden cloak (black wool would have been better but believe it or not it is impossible during summer to find woolen fabric in France).

I will be using the Reconstructing History RH014 pattern for the tunic, I think it will work pretty well!

Until next time !

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Making a 1800 Short Gown

My dress wouldn't be complete without a short gown of the period, so here it is !

I've done research as usual before starting anything, first of all searching for authentic pieces for inspiration. I found these ones I liked :

 Shortgown, 1790s - 1810s.

Amsterdam Museum, 1800s.
 Netherlands, 1800s.

For pattern I sticked with Janet Arnold's "Morning dress c.1798 - 1805", I already used it on my previous gowns which can be seen here  and I modified the front pieces using this pattern found on pinterest : 

I used white heavy cotton fabric, and opted for a front opening tied under the bust and also up the breast. The sleeves are simple and straight, I first wanted to go for curved ones like spencer sleeves, but I admit it I was too lazy to figure out how to make them fit onto this bodice.
Everything is handsewn as always, I didn't get the chance to take my sewing machine with me to Paris so I do it the old way, and it's historically accurate so that's fine for me!

I didn't take pictures of the process, I did this short gown in a hurry because I have less than 20 days to make a French Napoleonic uniform to my boyfriend, and entirely handsewn so I apologize for the lack of "under progress" photos.

Overall I hope you all liked it, I did my best and experienced at the same time, taking risks since it's the first one I ever made.

Until next time !

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

1805 Provençal cretonne dress and new shoes!

I've been spending a lot of time on pinterest lately, searching for fashion plates and I have to say I found quite a lot of nice ones. I had the idea of provençal regency clothing because I play a provençal washerwoman at reenactment. I knew there was specific 18th century clothing from that province of France, but ignored that in fact there was 19th century too.

It is characterized by a fabric called cretonne, which is a strong cotton cloth with a very specific print such as this :

A close-up for a better view of the print:
And here are my two favourite fashion plates I found on Pinterest :

Amsterdam, 1807.

Washerwomen, one of them is wearing a provençal cap. 

I will be making the red dress and the blue spencer as seen on the plate above.

For the dress, I'm using as always the bib-front pattern from Janet Arnold from her "Patterns of fashion" with some alterations, since I am sewing a working class dress there won't be a train and also short simple sleeves.

So far, I finished the bodice and have attached the back of the skirt to the bodice. Everything is handsewn so it takes a lot of time to make, but I prefer it instead of machine stitches which I find breaks a lot easier.

I also bought regency looking shoes from amazon, and I love them, they're perfect for a working class lady. The shipping was very fast, I received them in a week, and also the price is very interesting! I ordered the brown ones, but I will definitely buy more shades.
You can purchase them here :

And here are some pictures :

The back finished. The lighting makes it look pink, but in real it is red.

That's all for now, until next time ;)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Regency day dress - Finished and ready for reenactment !

Some pictures of my first regency day dress ! It's all finished and ready for reenactment, I'm so excited I can't wait !


Janet Arnold's pattern for this dress is amazing, I highly recommend it! Everything was perfect from the first try, no alterations needed !

Next will be making a petticoat, a specer for the cold nights, buying a pair of regency boots and also a straw hat to be protected from the sun.