Now, I was very much aware that I probably wouldn't have time before the SCA event to complete the entire outfit (and I was right). But since it would be nice to have something in the closet to pull out for a Ren Faire visit or something, I decided to go for it anyway, and finish whatever wasn't completed later.
For those of you who didn't have a "16thc phase" in your costuming, this is an example of a Flemish workingwoman's dress:
|For more examples, see this Pinterest board, which I found invaluable while I was researching!|
|Wrinkly (sitting on the ground all day does wonders for linen) and refusing to show up right side up...a good combination. Why did I upgrade to a smartphone from a dumb camera? The camera didn't misbehave...|
|Not overly accurate color palette for outfit. From top L, going clockwise: kirtle, gown, gown lining, pin-on sleeves.|
|I remain un-fussed about gaps at back of skirts where lacing ends. This is why we wear layers, right kids?|
|Note lines of stitching. Pre-lining, which is made of different colors, amusingly, because scrap bin.|
|Note little triangle of pins: this is the wedge I pinched out. And topstitched down, because whatever, it's going to be underneath various garments all the time!|
And headwear? I made both a veil and coif, but decided to just wear the coif for the day. It's a simple one-piece coif, made of linen, what more can I say? I didn't practice arranging the veil and the coif before day-of, and it turns out that, while starched linen will happily hold its shape in that C-curve that many of the veils/hoods of the time show, I made my veil a little too wide to stay in place nicely and frame the face. Every way I pinned it looked dorky. Another thing to work on for next time!
|First wearings, amirite?|
|This is totally not the order in which you dress your hair with this thing.|
|I did say mostly.|
|Who doesn't love a good armpit breeze?|
|"Someone's eyes may have been closed in that last picture!" YES THANK YOU PHONE.|