TO MY SEWING ROSALIE'S
My Sewing- The Manuscript
I belong to a group of wonderful people
who have embarked on what we call "The Manuscript Challenge."
The idea behind this is to recreate as faithfully as possible, an outfit
from a manuscript, painting, fresco or statue from the medieval period.
The rules are fairly simple: once the Challenge picture has been selected,
12 months is allotted to make the outfit and photograph yourself in
the pose. The colours and style of the outfit must be as accurate as
possible. It is not important what fabric the outfit is made from nor
whether it is hand-stitched or machine-sewn. What matters is that the
image is recreated as faithfully as possible. Photos and progress notes
are posted to the group along the way for sharing, discussion, help
I almost always base my outfits on images, but in 2015 I joined the
challenge and so it began!
14th Century Tailor's Workshop Manuscript Reproduction
Not contant to make just the main gown, I recreated the entire picture!
I took a a page of the 14th century Italian manuscript, Tacuinum
Sanitatus, and hand-stitched everything in it with period sewing
techniques. It was a huge undertaking, but a fantastic one!
14th century gown with ruffled veil taken from the Bibliotheque
nationale de France, Latin 765, fol. 23r. featuring a large amount
of buttons and ruffles and some fichets as well. Most of the fabrics
used in this challenge are recpurposed, and the fur is recycled,
making this challenge even more challenging. This outfit is entirely
hand-stitched with period sewing techniques.
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