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CLOTHES AND
DRESS ACCESSORIES

ABOUT CLOTHES

CLOTHES FROM ART - Interpreting artworks to make medieval clothes
SUMPTUARY LAWS - Clothing regulations for the classes
GLOSSARY - Glossary of clothing and personal adornment terms
CLOTHING CARE - Care, storage and laundering techniques.


ITEMS OF CLOTHING
AND WHAT THEY WERE CALLED

COTES & TUNICS - What the early medieval women wore
KIRTLES - A look at the 14th century medieval dress
SURCOTES - The outer layers
HOUPPELANDES - The late medieval outer gown
15th CENTURY GOWNS - Burgundian gowns and late medieval gowns
MATERNITY WEAR - For the medieval mother-to-be
CLOAKS & MANTLES - The medieval cloak and mantle
CORSETS - What it is and what it isn't
UNDERWEAR - A lady's underclothes reveal'd
- CHEMISES - The chemise, shift or smock
- BREAST COVERINGS - Bras, support and structure
- UNDERPANTS - What did they wear 'down there'
- HOSE & GARTERS - Leg coverings and support
SLEEPWEAR - What to wear to bed


DRESS
ACCESSORIES

TIPPETS & LAPPETS - The arm accessories.
BELTS & GIRDLES - Belts and belt fittings
PURSES & BAGS - Purses, pouches, aumonieres, bags.
GLOVES - Gloves for women
APRONS - Types of medieval aprons
HEADWEAR - Types of headwear
- COIFS
- CROWNS & CIRCLETS
- HEAD-DRESSES - Templars, cauls, hennins, crowns coronets, and more
- HATS & HENNINS
- VEILS & WIMPLES - What it is and why to wear one
- HOODS - The buttoned-up hood
FOOTWEAR - 14th century shoes, slippers and sandles
JEWELLERY Medieval jewellery and gemstone meanings.
- BROOCHES - Brooches and pilgrim badges.
- RINGS - Women's finger rings
- NECKLACES - Necklaces, pendants and collars
- PATERNOSTERS & ROSARIES
- RELIQUARIES - For your holy relics.


FABRICS & SEWING
ABOUT TYPES OF FABRICS

SEWING TOOLS
SEWING TECHNIQUES - Stitches, seams, eyelets etc
COMMERCIAL PATTERNS & WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
DYES and COLOURS - Dyestuffs, dying, colour names.
FABRIC, FUR & LEATHER NAMES
EMBELLISHMENTS & EMBROIDERY - Spangles, pressed metal, jeweled bands and embroidery
BUTTONS and LACINGS
LINEN IN THE 14TH CENTURY - A compliation of notes from shared sources.


BEAUTY, HEALTH & HYGIENE
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL WOMAN LOOKED LIKE.


SKINCARE - For the beautiful medieval woman
COSMETICS - Makeup in the Middle Ages
HAIR STYLES - Styling of the hair
BODY HAIR - body hair, eyebrows. adult themes
CLEANLINESS - Bathing, perfuming, soap and hygiene
HAIR CARE - Care, treatments and hair colouring
ORAL CARE & DENTISTRY
FEMININE HYGIENE - Menstruation adult themes
GENERAL HEALTHCARE - Dieting and other things.


A MEDIEVAL WOMAN'S LIFE
DAILY LIFE FOR RURAL, URBAN AND NOBLE WOMEN.


AT HOME - What the medieval woman did at home
- NOBLE WOMEN
- TOWNSWOMEN & MERCHANT WOMEN
- RURAL & PEASANT WOMEN
BIRTHS - A look at the practices surrounding childbirth
WEDDINGS - Medieval wedding celebrations
DIVORCES - The rights of the divorcing woman
DEATHS - Funerals and death practices
MANNERS - Manners at table and in society
EDUCATION - Opportunities for women
EMPLOYMENT - Where women worked
RECREATION - Hobbies, pets and passtimes
- HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS - When and how to celebrate holidays and feast days
- BOARD GAMES - Chess, merrils, tric-trac and other board games
- MUSIC - Making music
- EMBROIDERY - Fine embroidery and needlework
- PET KEEPING - What kind of pet did the medieval woman have?
- READING - Books for instruction and pleasure
- DANCING - Who dances and when?
- HORSE RIDING - Riding for pleasure
- HAWKING - Hawking and falconing for the medieval woman
- HUNTING - Hunting with bows and arrows
SEX LIVES - Sex, contraception and sexual health adult themes

 

BASIC CLOTHING PATTERNS
& TUTORIALS


- EASY T- TUNIC TUTORIAL - basic cheaty medieval gown
- BASIC T-TUNIC TUTORIAL - basic mostly historically accurate T-Tunic PLUS with or without lacing for non re-enactors.
- EASY 13TH CENTURY TUNIC TUTORIAL - How to make an overgown with short, wide sleeves
- EASY WIDE-SLEEVE GOWN TUTORIAL - How to make an overgown with really big sleeves
- KIRTLE OR GOWN TUTORIAL Medieval dress pattern
- LADIES HOSE TUTORIAL London hose pattern
- EASY EARLY HOOD TUTORIAL
- HOOD WITH SHOULDER GORES TUTORIAL
- BASIC SURCOTE TUTORIAL surcote with 4 seams
- SIDELESS SURCOTE TUTORIAL surcote with gores
- FORMAL SIDELESS SURCOTE TUTORIAL - How to make a noblewoman's sideless surcote with a train
- FILLET- FRILLED, FOR USE WITH BARBETTE
- FILLET- PLEATED, FOR USE WITH BARBETTE
- EYELET MAKING TUTORIAL
- BUTTONHOLE MAKING TUTORIAL
- CLOTH BUTTON MAKING TUTORIAL
- LUCET CORD TUTORIAL - Making lacing cord
- TASSEL MAKING TUTORIAL

MY SEWING
Things I have sewn for myself and others for re-enactment.

MY CLOTHES - Gowns and hose.
DRESS ACCESSORIES - Pouches, shoes, belts etc.
HEADWEAR - Hoods, veils and wimples.
MY MANUSCRIPT CHALLENGES - Bringing art to life!
- Manuscript Challenge 2015
- Manuscript Challenge 2016
SEWING FOR OTHERS

THE MEDIEVAL
TAILOR'S WORKSHOP

An interactive display of 14th and 15th century sewing implements found in a Tailor's workshop, including reproductions of thimbles, scissors and shears, fabric samples, hand dyed Italian wool samples, hand made buttons and clothing samples showing sewing techniques.

MY MEDIEVAL HERB GARDEN
My herb garden with medieval herbs and flowers! A new project for 2020. Modern methods and medieval plants and flowers and what they're good for and what I'm using them for.

MY TALKS, PRESENTATIONS
& WORKSHOPS



NOTICEBOARD

Calendar of events
and recent website updates


MEDIEVAL PAPER DOLLS
DOWNLOADABLE PFD FILES

FREE Cut & colour paper dolls.
- Male & female
- 13th, 14th and 15th century people
- Spare clothes to mix and match

MEDIEVAL COLOUR-ME-IN PEOPLE
DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILES

FREE Colour-Me-In Medieval people.
- Male & female
- 13th, 14th and 15th century people and couples


ABOUT MEDIEVAL ME
10 FAQs, My re-enactment life & living history impressions, and my medieval bio.


SHOPPING
Support your local craftsmen in Australia by buying their hand crafted goods. Buying wool worldwide.

LINKS
Links to museums and other places I've found extremely helpful.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
My bibliography of books used for research.
Sorted into useful categories.


MEDIEVAL STALLHOLDER HELP
FOR NON-RE-ENACTORS


Where to look if you're a stallholder looking for help with presenting your (usually not medieval) stall, some cheap and easy clothing ideas, what to do with your shoes and how to hide your modern stuff. These pages aren't for re-enactors. They're for stallholders who need to dress their stalls appropriately and don't want to break the bank.


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