The Manuscript Challenges
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 and discussion.
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.