My new project – a white 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – the hand-sewing is finally finished! :D

2015-07_Racaire_14th-century_white-hood_XL_1After all the successful previous preparation for this project (like drafting an XL pattern and creating a 14th century XL hood sample), I finally started working at the actual project some days ago:

A white 14th century XL hood
for my friends Pelican elevation. 🙂

But first a short explanation for all readers who are not familiar with the SCA:
Whenever a member of the SCA shows great passion in “service” to the society, excels in the “arts & sciences” (like woodwork, embroidery, teaching about his/her craft,…) or shows great skill in fighting (“Heavy Fighting”, fencing,…) and some people who observe this commitment report it to The Royal Majesties of their kingdom (normally done via a recommendation form at the kingdom website) – well, then there is a good chance that this person might be awarded at one of the next events with an award. And, btw., every one of this awards comes also with a scroll… 😀

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My 14th century XL hood sample – the finished hood sample & some information about my hood pattern…

2015-07-Racaire-my-14th-century-XL-hood-sample-14th-century-hood-pattern-enlarged-hand-sewingDo you remember the 14th century XL hood pattern about which I told you recently?

Well, then I have some great news for you! I managed to finish the hand-sewing part of my 14th century XL hood before “A Midsummer Day’s Brawl” – an SCA event in Tennessee last weekend and I took my finished XL sample hood with me to the event for a fitting.

Though my friend – for whom I drafted this pattern – and I were quite busy at the event, we managed to find some time where he was able to try on the 14th century XL sample hood and guess what! …it fits fine! *happydance*

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My husbands 13th century under tunic – about my medieval inspiration

2015 - Racaire - my husbands 13th century tunic - 13th century under tunic - 12th century wedding clothingNew inspiration for our hobby can be quite difficult to find but some books really make a difference. Like the one in which I found the inspiration for my husbands new 13th century under tunic.

Since I started with this hobby, which was more then 10 years ago, I have been searching for interesting and inspiring books. But well, with every new book purchase for my book collection I always take a chance.

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My very first fitted medieval stockings sewing pattern – my first women’s hose – revisited, updated & expanded posting

Welcome to my revisited, updated and expanded posting about how I made my very own basic sewing pattern for my beloved medieval stockings. It took me several days to put this posting / tutorial together but when I took a second look at this posting I set higher goals for myself for the final posting. 😀

My very first own fitted medieval stockings sewing pattern - my first women's hose - revisited, updated & expanded postingMy first major goal was to make sure to cover every single step of the fitting process and to add as many useful descriptions and additional information as possible. My second major goal was to make sure that everyone who is following my detailed instructions in this posting is able to make his/her own basic pattern for fitted medieval stockings.

Well, I don’t want to praise myself but I think I can say that I did a really great job and hit my target goals – but please decide yourself. The posting got very long and I hope that everyone of you, who wants to fit their first own 14th century inspired medieval stockings, will find the helpful information in the following posting you are looking for. 🙂

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Cleo again or another “cat trap” that works… ;)

Cleo again - "the working cat trap" ;)Yesterday I got a great book. Well, no, I got one of the best books about medieval textiles and embroidery ever….

*very very happy dance* 😀

…and it seems that by leaving the paper and the cardboard covering on the couch, I set up another great working “cat trap”. Yeah, not only boxes work…

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