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A bit of Medieval Mischief

Four people in Medieval costume imitate poses from illuminated manuscripts. On the left a woman in a red hood and green-yellow gown raises her arm. Next to her a woman in a pink dress and white wimple holds her hands demurely in front of her. In front of her a woman in a pink-purple dress and grey hood gestures. On the far right a man in a green tunic and yellow leggings raises a hand.

We had a mixed-up Historical Sew and Eat Retreat this year, with a day of 18th century, and a day of Medieval.

18th century was our outing day, with a relaxed (yet historical) lunch and breakfast.  Medieval was our big feast day, with an extravagant Ottoman Empire inspired meal.

Because we were doing a bunch of cooking, and because the weather was sadly wet and chilly, we didn’t venture far from our house.

Enjoy a bunch of photos of costumers of varying levels of expertise in 14th century English, French and Swedish fashions, and their time-travelling Viking friend!

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I started out looking quite reasonable in my just-finished yellow gown and blue linen surcoat (more about those in another post), with my St Birgitta’s cap and very best veil and wimple (mostly because I’d lent the simpler one to Kez).

A woman is wearing a yellow kirtle and blue linen surcoat. Her red-blond hair is mostly covered by a white wimple and veil. She looks to the right.

But I was cold, so Fil was a gentleman and lent me his hood, which is how I learned why women’s hoods have buttons up the front.  Getting the hood on completely dislodged my cap, wimple and veil, and made a mess of my hair.  So I’m decidedly rumpled in most of the photos…

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But I was warm! (which is the important thing)

And green is a very good colour with my outfits, so now I really want a green hood…

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But one with buttons!  And a looooooong liripipe!

A woman wears a yellow-green kirtle and red hood lined with white. She looks to the right.

Costuming goals…

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We tried our hand at posing like illuminated manuscripts:

Four people in Medieval costume imitate poses from illuminated manuscripts. On the left a woman in a red hood and green-yellow gown raises her arm. Next to her a woman in a pink dress and white wimple holds her hands demurely in front of her. In front of her a woman in a pink-purple dress and grey hood gestures. On the far right a man in a green tunic and yellow leggings raises a hand.

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

And got a little carried away with our posing:

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

We also tried our hand at posing like Disney Princesses:

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

And the ugly stepsisters:

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

And went for a walk:

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

Fun times!

Medieval mischief thedreamstress.com

3 Comments

  1. I sometimes wear a medieval-style coif as part of my everyday clothes, and yes, getting things over your head without chaos ensuing is a right pain. This is why I prefer cardigans to jerseys – and one of the many reasons why your Viking friend’s mustard-coloured open coat looks like such an awesome garment!

  2. Dano - aka Father of The Dreamstress says

    A Green Hood! YES!!
    I’ve been bothering my daughter to find me an English rain cape suitable for the warm rain here in Hawaii, to replace the random bath towel thrown around my shoulders and fastened with a binder clip! I look like an escapee from a Turkish bath for office workers.
    A simple bit of extension of the bottom of the hood and voila! Or eureka! Or hikers! (Spell check’s replacement for yikes!). I always wear a knitted cap anyway in rainy weather, so the hood would replace TWO items! (Not counting the binder clip). WOW! How cool is that?
    Plus, the green color would help me hide in the banana orchard. Just in case.
    I’m not sure just yet what I think about the liripipe. Extravagant? Functional? Pretentious?

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