Hats & Hair
|Upbraid your friends! The basics of 3-strand and 4-strand braids.||Basic Garb (1000-1300)- Men and women's costumes, hats, accessories; an overview and instructions for newcomers (class)|
|How to wear a veil, or a veil and circlet (or just a circlet) gracefully (1000-1300 or so) Plus The Dreaded Muffin-Head Effect||Tunic Worksheet (1000-1300) -- More specifics on the period cutting plan of the glorious T-Tunic -- properly cut, it's one of the most elegant garb choices. (class)|
|Easy Men's Hats - (1200-1470s; concentrated on the later range) Yup, even the men wore something on their heads.||The rotated-point, Circle-plan Houppelande (1390-1470)- an alternate to the 'just like a big dress' method. Pattern schematics and pictures of both men's and women's houppelandes.|
|Coifs (1200 onwards)- More specifics for men and women. 1-piece and 3-piece.||Construction of the Huge Green Devonshire Houppelande - 15 yards of 60" wide damask with a very wide circumference at the hem.|
|A 13th Century hat for women (1200s)-- What I call the "coffee filter hat" sometimes called a "toque," "fillet," or "porkpie hat."||Cautionary note about modern bag sleeve patterns (1390-1470) for houppelandes|
|Wire circlet (1300s)wrapped with colored thread recreated from the Dress Accessories book.||Sadly, the painting of Philip the Good, which shows people all in white -- is a later copy and thus not a good source. (Sometimes called "The White Wedding")|
|How to be a Hoodlum (1300-1470)- The medieval hood for men and women.||Real Medieval Fabric - as seen at the Chicago Institute of Art|
Crespinette cylinder cauls: very medieval or Victorian invention? (1325-1375)
|Extant clothing of the middle ages -- a compilation of inspiring photos from many sources of medieval garments and accessories which have survived to the present day.|
|Quick 'n' Easy Cauls (1300-1470)- not a medieval construction technique, but produces a medieval look.||Modern fabric that looks like Medieval -- scans of fabric in my 'collection,' to help you in shopping.|
|Women's Rolled (stuffed) Hats (1390-1470)- and variations thereon. Other terms: bourrelet, padded roll, heart shaped henin.||How to store heavy garments -- big houppelandes are often over ten pounds, and may not stay on your regular hangers, or may be distorted in odd ways by hanging.|
|Men's Rolled (stuffed) Hats (1390-1470)- and variations thereon.|
Complex Women's Hats (my favorite subject): (1400-1470)
|How to make a Reticulated Headdress - Women's fancy wireframe construction. Fairly advanced.||Jingle all the way: Adding bells to your garb (14th & 15th c.)|
|Poor People's Poulaines (1400-1470)- Pointy shoes for everyone.|
|Arnolfini headdress, Truncated-cone henins, butterfly henins and other information about semi-rigid headresses and the veils that go with them.||Medievaloid Jewelry with PMC -- making your own jewelry from Precious Metal Clay.|
|Butterfly Hat construction basics - for the relatively new costumer.||Girdle books (1300-1450+)(or belt-books) I keep one of these for writing down people's names, and other things I shouldn't forget, like my lines in plays! Very useful.|
|The Little Black Band -- a possible method of keeping these hats attached.|
|The Last Straw -- and the Last Dryer Vent -- using rigid materials for hats; men's & women's|
Archeological Sewing by Mistress Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn/Heather Rose Jones is now at her new website!
Mary of Hapsburg's Gown : cutting diagrams & measurements. Also her husband Louis' outfit.
Modern Medieval Home Companion , ideas for decorating your living space in a medievaloid fashion.
Further Reading: A bibliography of useful books.
Do you want to know what constitutes a primary source for costuming ? There's some misinformation out there, which this article hopes to correct.
Stuff from my Laurel ceremony , including a wonderful piece of calligraphy. "Mistress of the Laurel" is one of the three highest SCA awards. It's more or less an "arts knighthood."
A Birthday Pas d'Armes that I attended in the West, April 14, 2001
Using modern "costume" patterns (Simplicity, McCalls, etc) to make believable costumes. Many are quite good, some are terrible. Updated Feb '01
Approach modern versions of medieval stuff with caution; examples from 1947
Costumes for your pets! Here are pictures of my cats in the "medieval" hats I have made for them. Sicorro , Sicorro again, and Aricebo
Line drawing #1 and #2 done by me for newsletters. High percentage of interesting hats. How surprising.
You might be interested in my bookmarks for other garb pages, museums, and misc. medieval stuff.
Oslo , Norway: how I spent my summer vacation, with special attention to medieval sites.
Ever notice that Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty is wearing a black-and-purple houppelande? I made one that is similar for a friend. We never got around to making the horned hat, alas.
The SCA, as referenced, is The Society for Creative Anachronism , which aims to recreate various aspects of the Middle Ages. Some folks concentrate in costuming, some in cooking or brewing, some in fighting and other areas of interest. There are a lot of folks who don't concentrate on researching much at all. But it is a fun group.
My name in the SCA is Cynthia du Pre Argent; I'd be delighted to hear if you find this material useful, and still glad to hear if you think it needs improvement.
If you are new to reading things on the web, remember that most of the tiny pictures you see in these pages can be clicked on for larger versions.
And if you have no idea about fabric, much less costuming, but you'd like to know more, you might be interested in my Fabric for Bachelors series.
Some courts think that a museum or other owner of a medieval (ie,
out of normal copyright) item can not claim copyright, nor claim it on
photographs of that item which do not add "art" to the representation
of it. The Bridgeman vs. Corel decision is one example.
Some museums disagree, in part because they need funding and this sort
of thing is the only way to get it.
If you're curious about my web statistics , they're available.
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