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Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing: The Renaissance Tailor

Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing: The Renaissance Tailor
Demonstrations>Accessories:Western European>Flat Caps and Tall Hats Once upon a time, a really long time ago, I joined a historical re-enactment society. I constructed a huge number of really bad hats back then but I loved hats so I kept at it. Then, one day, while I was wearing one of my latest tall hat creations (something closer to accurate but still not quite there), a well-meaning but rather tactless long time player bluntly informed me that my hat was so incredibly incorrect that he could not contain himself and had to say something. In public. Right then and there I made a two-fold vow. I'm proud to say that, to my knowledge, I've not broken the first part of that vow. Let's start with an easy one - Flat caps, in period, were called bonnets, which is a gender loaded word for us modern folk. Flat caps are easy. According to Arnold's pattern the brim consisted of doughnut shaped pieces (one each of lining, felt interlining, and tufted wool outer shell). So there you have it! Related:  Costume & Cosplay

Free Patterns Menu: Period Clothing Patterns and Cutting Diagrams - The Ladies Treasury of Costume and Fashion Period Clothing Patterns and Cutting Diagrams IMPORTANT: Notes On Using Our Patterns These patterns are reproduced from original period patterns and from cutting diagrams found in English, French and American publications of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Those copied from full-sized patterns were scanned in at 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 of the original size as indicated on each piece. Patterns copied from cutting diagrams have been scanned in at 1 to 1½ times original size and are not to scale. We also include period cutting layouts and diagrams which are not always to scale. All of these patterns come in one size only: that of the original. We are happy to grant non-commercial private and personal use of the patterns we share with you for free, but permission must be obtained prior to using them for any other purpose. Please click on a title or scroll down the page to view our selection

Free Historical Costume Patterns A list of free historical costume patterns including medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian patterns. Free Patterns Menu: Period Clothing Patterns and Cutting DiagramsVictorian and Edwardian era jacket, suit, shirt, skirt, petticoat, and bodice patterns for women, men, and children. Adapting the Elizabethan Lady's wardrobe for lower class useInstructions for adapting the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe patterns in .pdf format. General instructions for an apron, neckcloth, partlet and flat cap. Costuming Through the CenturiesPatterns and instructions on making SCA appropriate clothing including a 800AD Anglo Saxon Tunic, 900AD Viking Apron Dress, 1330AD Cotehardie, 1350AD Sideless Surcoat, 1410AD Houppelande. Making a Gored Kirtle PatternFlemish gown based roughly on the 1570-1580 loose kirtle described in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620. Want more free historical costume patterns?

Fairy Wings Tutorial With Mid-Summers Eve and Fairy Day being only 2 days away the glitter if flowing freely at our home. I ventured out trying to find my girls some fairy wings and ended up with nothing after visiting four different party/costume stores. Soooooo we made our own. I found them simple enough to do although the decorating took a while to finish. List of Supplies Needed: 4 wire coat hangers, Duct Tape, 2 pair of tights or sheer toe nylons. Modge Podge and paintbrush, Glitter, Not pictured but also needed, 1/2 inch wide elastic, Safety Pin Pliers for helping bend the wire. Other items you could consider using are acrylic paints, Flowers and the wire to wrap them, Possible a glue gun if you don’t want to wrap your flowers with wire. Extra embellishments for your wings, jewels, flowers, ribbon, leaves. Straighten all four hangers then twist the ends like shown. Wrap a small piece of duct take around the ends to help hold them securely. Using more duct tape attach a top piece to a bottom piece.

Setting in 18th Century Sleeves | Your Wardrobe Unlock'd Written by Katherine Caron-Greig When looking at sleeve patterns for 18th century dresses, there's a rather striking difference when compared to modern sleeves—they have corners. This is because for much of the 18th century, sleeves were set differently than they are today. The sleeve was set in the lower half of the armscye, the dress was put on, and then the sleeve head was pleated to fit the wearer. This is a very efficient method and prevents a lot of the stress often associated with setting sleeves... yet for a seamstress sewing for and by herself, it presents a problem. Many books on costume construction include details on how sleeves were set. The setting method I describe and used on my printed cotton polonaise will produce a sleeve that looks identical to the pink/lavender 1770-1785 gown on pages 24-28 of Costume Close-Up. The Costume Close-Up dress has a shoulder strap that is sewn to the dress at both front and back instead of being cut as one with the front of the bodice.

Viking Shoes Edited to add: Due to alle the comments regarding the title of this instruction, I've changed the name to 'iron age shoes' which might be more historycally correct. I learned to make these by using my own foot as a template. Therefore, all the measures given here are highly approximate. If your foot diverges a lot from mine (European size 39, long and narrow/slender), some sewing experience might come in handy. That said, there's no reason to be too specific in making these. WIP - Realistic Wings Lace Crowns -- Quick Microwave Method Update: In January of 2013 I shared a second quick-method for making lace crowns that does not use a microwave. Click HERE for that tutorial. Who wouldn't feel like instant royalty with one of these lovely handmade crowns? I often lament how little time there is left at the end of the day after chores, responsibilities, and my own creative projects, to try any of the amazing crafts I've been inspired by on Pinterest. But when I saw the lace crowns made by Joyfolie, I was wonderstruck. This project is a beautiful way to repurpose bits of vintage jewelry Because the idea is nothing short of brilliant (in my opinion), creatives all over the blogosphere are adding their own unique spin to this project whose origin I've traced back to Bitter Betty Blogs. I Like Shortcuts...and I'm not ashamed to say it. Here's where my version comes in -- I'm usually short on time. Lace Crowns -- Quick Microwave Method makes ONE 18" crown 1/2 yard crocheted lace(Also look for "Cluny Lace" or "Dyeable Cotton Lace".

DIY Costume Props, Armor, Weapons, Etc. Victorian (1888) Dressmaking Patterns fullscreen Author:Goldsberry & Doran, Chicago. [from old catalog]Subject:Garment cutting. [from old catalog]; DressmakingPublisher:[Chicago]Possible copyright status:The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.Language:EnglishCall number:7746404Digitizing sponsor:The Library of CongressBook contributor:The Library of CongressCollection:library_of_congress; americanaFull catalog record:MARCXML Description Write a review Downloaded 1,505 times Reviews Average Rating:

DIY Clothes Tutorial: Making an Elastic Harness [DIY Fashion]Monoxious | Monoxious Hello peeps, It’s been long since we had a post on DIY Fashion. We apologise on that part, the past month has been pretty crazy with the holiday season and setting up resolutions and priorities as the year drew to an end. We have load of exciting things lined up for Monoxious this year. Do watch out for them. Today we present something which we have been procrastinating for quite a while (which is not good since fashion waits for no one.) and raved about it back here. These are what you will need. Elastics (approx 5yards)Trimmings with hook and eyePinsBlack threadDress form (not pictured)Optional: Black Sock cat (for entertainment) Start pinning your elastics to the dress form. Just keep doing it until you’re satisfied or run out of elastics. I marked the lines a little further as you can see as elastics are stretchable and you would want the harness to be slightly snug when wearing. Sew all the straps together~!!!! And here’s the completed piece~!!!

DIY - Flower Crown i love flowers and i love flower crowns even more. i'm going to show you how to make your own in just a few simple steps. perfect for a special occasion, a wedding or if you just want to feel pretty. this project costs around $15, but you can make several crowns so the cost is actually much lower. you can make a few different head pieces for yourself or make one for a friend. here's what you need... you can find all of these materials at your local craft store. i suggest buying high end fabric or silk flowers for a more realistic looking head piece. step one: create a circle that fits comfortably around your head, that is easy to take on and off. i tripled the amount of wire and then wraped a fourth time around to make it extra sturdy. step two: cut your first bloom and place it in the desired direction on the crown. using a small 4 inch piece of wire, wrap the bloom tightly with wire to the circle with pliers.

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