Re-enactor Made Clothing

Garb from the periods of the 11th century to the 16th century made by myself, Lady Angharad, Lord Beithir and Lord Stefan. Worn by myself, Lady Angharad, Lord Beithir, Lord Stefan and others. All photos are taken in or prior to the year 2000.

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  • From left to right:

    1. Handmade and beaded crespine hair net, using fine ribbon stitched onto a wide ribbon 'brim', with the stitches used to hold it together covered with pearls. This took me a week to make. (And was so fidly, I'll never do it again!) The circlet is made by the very talented Terry Brown of Dragons Blood Creations based in Adelaide.

    2 and 3. Handmade Renaissance gown, made using a painting (unfortunately I can't remember which one now, and can't find my notes!) as a guide. No pattern used. This remains one of my favourite gowns.

    4. 1250 linen gown, with embroidery detail on neckline, hemline and sleeve seams. My first and only foray into embroidery, as in doing so, I have realised that embroidery is not for me - I lack the patience!

    5. 1250 silk gown with no embelishments. I felt the silk itself was beautiful enough not to need any sort of embellishments in the way of embroidery or trim.

    6. My Maciejowski gown. Made in linen, with front, back and side gores for added fullness to the skirt. I made this using images from the Maciejowski Bible as reference.

    7. Lady Angharad in her bliaut. The sides are gathered by silk embroidery thread. Unfortunately the gather effect of this is not too noticeable given the pose, but the gown is absolutely beautiful and made from fine weave linen. Lined in white silk.

    8. 1250 gown and headwear. Lady Angharad made the gown and undergown from linen and the headwear from silk.

    9. 1400s gown made by Lady Angharad. Headpiece and gown handsewn and made in fine weave linen.

    10. My 1250s silk gown, the headwear is made from silk damask and is based on the fillet from the Maciejowski Bible.

    11. 1200s gown. Made in silk velvet after the research into the history of velvet paper was written. The neckline is trimmed with fine weave white silk with handsewn seed pearls (DK Fabrics in Adelaide sold this amazing stuff by the meter - but at a hugely expensive price, so I got 10cm for trim and a belt pouch). I braided my hair and made the 'hair socks' as seen in illuminations (see extant pictures page) out of dark green linen with silk ribbon. Undergown in basic black cotton.

    12. This photo was taken after training one afternoon. A young man asked us to pose for a series of photos he was taking for a competition. L-R: Lady Angharad in 13th century peasant outfit, all linen, myself in my 1250 linen gown with embroidery, Neil in gold linen damask t-tunic and black wool red velvet lined cloak made by me, Lord Beithir in full 1250 armour made by him.

    13. See picture 11 details.

    14. One of my best (imo) 12th century male garb sets - t-tunic made from gold and burgundy silk damask. Undertunic made from hand dyed cheesecloth. Breeches made from dark grey wool. Red half circle cloak made of cotton velvet.

    15. Shanna wearing a 1250 gown made in silk damask by me and put in the club garb kit box.

    16. Lord Beithir in 12th century garb. Tunic made from woven damask. Cloak (and a nightmare that was to make, another 'never again' item for me!) made of fine weave black wool with red cotton velvet lining. Floor length and full circle style. Breeches and boots made by Lord Beithir.

    17. Picnic in the park. A training session in 2000. Lord Stefan, my knight protector, myself in the gown described in photo 11. Neil as guardsmen. Armour made by Lord Stefan and Lord Beithir.

    18. Renaissance headpiece. Actual headpiece made by Lady Angharad, pearled by me. Braiding and wrapping my hair around my head and the edge of the snood was a bit of a pain when one of your hands doesn't work very well!

    19. Same gown as in photo 11, with headdress from photo 1. Finished off with a full circle cloak made of navy blue cotton velvet and trimmed with fine wool tablet woven trim.

    20. Same photo shoot as photo 12, featuring Lord Beithir, Neil and Lady Angharad.

    21. Myself in burgundy damask gown (prior to donating it to the club garb box) and Lady Angharad in her silk Renaissance gown at training.

    22. Lord Stefan in highlander garb, 1999 National Living History Conference. All his own gear.

    23. Lord Stefan in highlander garb (his own gear) and myself in 1250s gown from photo 5 with pale blue damask undergown.

    24. Myself in black velvet 1400s gown.

    25. Lord Beithir wearing gold t-tunic made of damask, black linen cloak and breeches and leather shoes, all made by him.

    26. Lord Beithir in 1550 tunic made in blue and gold damask by me. Undertunic, breeches and shoes made by him.