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The NZ Sew & Eat Historical Retreat 2019: A Medieval Feast

I’m in the midst of planning an 8 course historical-meets-Hawai’i* Christmas Eve feast, so it seems like the perfect time to blog about some of the food we ate on our Sew & Eat Historical Retreat 2019**. The food was so amazing, and I have so many photos, I’m breaking it into two posts: one just on our Medieval feast, and one on the rest of the food. Nina was the mastermind of the Medieval feast: researching recipes, and orchestrating the cooking. I just contributed a few ideas and ingredients and chopped and assembled dishes and instructed. And Nina & Hvitr were responsible for the real showpiece of the night. Making it had been my idea, but I skived off and took photos while they made it (although I did make the emergency flour run to the grocery store 30ks down a small country road that made it possible). Menu: Mashed Peas Asparagus Breney (non-alcoholic version) Wild Rabbit & Barley Salad with Caramelised Russet Apples Purple carrots with ginger Not based on an exact recipe, …

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So you’ve made a historical costume: where do you wear it?

In my last post, I discussed some ways to get started in historical costuming: different strategies for tackling your first makes, and where to get help with making. But once you make a thing, you need a place to wear it! And that can be hard – especially if you don’t live somewhere with a lot of historical costume themed events. (I know all about this – NZ is fancy dress party central, but historical costume events are thin on the ground…) A lot of people get started making historical costumes because they have a specific event to go to, and want to be dressed up. If that’s you: you’re sorted! Just talk to other people at the event, and you’ll probably learn about more events to wear your historic costume to. A costume event is how I really got started in historical costuming: I made outfits for myself and a friend to wear to the SF Bay Area Renaissance Faire. However, I went for 5 years between my 16th c Flemish outfit for a …

Costume College 2019: Gala Gloriousness

Saturday at Costume College 2019 did not go to plan for me. Either because some attendees at the Friday Night Gala had been smoking pot and then hung out near me (migraine trigger), or because of the mysterious Marriott malady which has been plaguing Costume College for the last two years (significant numbers of attendees at CoCo reported unusual vertigo, headaches, breathing problems and nausea), or a combination of both, I spent the Saturday making friends with porcelain instead of people. Not only was I in bed feeling miserable, I missed a bunch of classes I was really excited about. Boo. I was determined not to miss Gala, and despite feeling quite green, and looking quite wan, and needing to be slightly safety-pinned in because my attempts to sew on the last few hooks needed to finish my outfit convinced me that trying to focus my eyes enough to sew was a BAD idea, I made it! Sort of. 3 hours of an event that goes on for 7+ hours counts, right? I missed the …