Medieval

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

In part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.

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Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

Before you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.

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Laces, Braids, and Cords

Laces, Braids, and Cords

Transform humble string into braids, cords, ties and fastenings for your historic costumes with Gina's guide to custom laces which add strength and color.

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Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.

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Iberian Renaissance Period Hairstyles

Iberian Renaissance Period Hairstyles

A good hairstyle helps create the perfect impression. Sarah shares some appropriate hairstyles for women in Spain during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. 

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Iberian Cosmetics & Renaissance Beauty Ideals

Iberian Cosmetics & Renaissance Beauty Ideals

Iberian women pursued beauty and the feminine ideal as much as ladies today. Sarah explores the makeup and cosmetics used in 15th and 16th century Spain.

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Comparing Silk and Wool Embroidery Threads

Comparing Silk and Wool Embroidery Threads

How does one choose which embroidery thread to use for a project? Sunny does it by trying every one she can find for her 12th century bliaut. Read on to find out what she thought.

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12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

 12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

Mention a medieval dress to someone, and odds are they'll imagine a bliaut. Izabela walks us through the construction of this iconic 12th century dress.

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Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.

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Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.

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15th c. Doublets and Jackets

15th c. Doublets and Jackets

Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.

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Authentic Handmade Trims

Authentic Handmade Trims

In this extensive beginner's guide, we'll look at lucet cording, fancy braiding and inkle and tablet weaving.

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The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

Building on her investigations into the evolution of women’s clothing in the sixteenth century, Julia now looks at the male wardrobe in the Tudor and Elizabethan periods.

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Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance style can be tough to identify. Kate continues her field guide to Hispano-Flemish style by looking at men's fashions in 15th and 16th century Spain.

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Women’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Women’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance clothing can be difficult to identify at first glance. Kate gives us a field guide to Hispano-Flemish ladies' style of the 15th & 16th centuries.

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Interview with Tasha Kelly

Interview with Tasha Kelly

Marion interviews Janet Arnold Award recipient Tasha Kelly about her research and experiences in the world of medieval re-enactment and arming clothes. 

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Interview with Jenny Tiramani

Interview with Jenny Tiramani

Marion talks to Jenny Tiramani of the Globe Theatre in London - custodian of the Janet Arnold Archive, and one of the founders of the School of Historical Dress.

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Izabela Zebrowska

Izabela Zebrowska

We intervew Izabela Zebrowska, an amazing costumer and proprietor of Prior Attire

 

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