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!
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).
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…
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…
But one with buttons! And a looooooong liripipe!
We tried our hand at posing like illuminated manuscripts:
And got a little carried away with our posing:
We also tried our hand at posing like Disney Princesses:
And the ugly stepsisters:
And went for a walk:
beautiful costuming! thank you for sharing.
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!
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?
Such fun, and the saturated colors in the probably saturated atmosphere!
Thanks for having us along for the fun,
Natalie in KY, where hoods make very good sense as being dumped upon is one of Mother Nature’s joys