Costuming

16th century Spanish pattern book available online

The World Digital Library has posted a digital version of the Book on Geometry, Practice, and Patterns by Juan de Alcega. Published in 1580, the book offers techniques for ordering lengths of fabric based on the measurement of the "ell."

Foster-Stephens Garment Storage

Foster-Stephens provides archival storage products for garb and other textiles. Members may be interested in their Muslin or Tyvek Garment Bags, sized for court outfits and good for traveling back and forth to events. Foster-Stephens boxes and bags are designed for long term storage and are very safe for your garb between events.

Footwear of the Renaissance fighter

John Clements, Director of ARMA (Association for Renaissance Martial Arts), is often asked “What shoes should I train in?” In response, he has written an article on Historical Fencing Footwear available on the group's website. (photos)

The super heroes of Gulf Wars 2012

At Gulf Wars XXI, Sir Geoffrey was tasked by Their Majesties of Meridies to capture the fun and frolic at the Meridies-sponsored Grand Social. The theme was "Super Heros." Sir Geoffrey's slide show of the event is available online.

[MID] This Land is Our Land

There is still time to come to the lovely Shire of Shadowed Stars on April 21, 2012 to our This Land is Our Land and We are Dressed to Impress event. 

Chicago meets the Mongols

Chicago is about to be invaded by the Mongols, or at least the Field Museum is when it presents Genghis Khan, "the largest single collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled," February 24 through September 3, 2012.

[EAL] Cloth of Gold

Did you miss Golden Seamstress in the Midrealm? Need to whip up a set of cool clothes for Coronation? Come all ye caffeinated ones and join Der Welfengau at Cloth of Gold! Ealdormere's all-night sew-a-rama!

[WES] Fool's Tourney

Please join the Barony of Tarnmist for Fool's Tourney, a day of frivolity and complete silliness. Let your inner Jester come out and play. We'll be sharing a potluck dinner.

SCA: “4H for Medieval Enthusiasts”

Caylie Sadin, a reporter for NewCity, "Chicago’s only locally owned and operated cultural weekly," recently spent a day at Twelfth Night, an SA event in the Middle Kingdom. Her observations and interviews with SCA members are recorded in a January 27, 2012 article.

The Queen's Servants: a review

On the blog KimikoSews, the author offers a detailed review of the book The Queen's Servants by Caroline Johnson which focusses on clothing of the serving class in Tudor England.

[ATL] Clothiers Guild meeting/lecture

On 21 January 2011 at 1:00 pm, Lady Amie Sparrow will give a slide show depicting late Elizabethan / early Stuart embroidered jackets.

[AET] Delftwood's Deadly Carnival

The Barony of Delftwood is pleased to present Delftwood's Deadly Carnival! The theme for the event is a pre-lenten carnival festival. There will be multiple fencing tournaments, a fashion show/costume contest and dancing with live music to enjoy. There will be a feast presented by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

New from The Tudor Tailor: The Queen's Servants

The Tudor Tailor, publishers and authors of books on re-constructing sixteenth century dress, have announced the publication of their latest book: The Queen's Servants: Gentlewomen's dress at the accession of Henry VIII by Caroline Johnson.

[CAL] Clothier's Seminar

The Clothier's Seminar is an annual event that revolves around the one necessity that
we all need, clothes. Come join us for a day of classes, discussion and camaraderie.

Orkney Hood re-created

"The project took five and half months and a total of 230 hours to actually make it. But it is fascinating to do something like that. We have not got any garments at all like this, only scraps if we are lucky," said experimental archaeologist Jacqui Wood about her re-creation of the Orkney Hood.

Renaissance portraiture showcased in Met exhibit

Those interested in Renaissance portraiture and costuming may want to visit the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012.

Video features Canton of Montagne du Roi

A two-minute video, produced by Elizeth Labega, chronicles armoured and rapier combat as well as a lady being fitted for garb by a merchant.

Renaissance Costumes

RenaissanceCostumesClothing.com is a leading online retailer of Renaissance merchandise. The company offers a wide variety of costume sets, as well as authentic clothing items, such as shirts, breeches, skirts, corsets, vests, and chemises. These items are high-quality, designed in-house, and exclusive to the company.

60 pairs of Roman shoes found at Scottish supermarket site

One of the largest caches of Roman shoes and sandals ever found in Scotland was discovered recently in Camelon, Scotland when workers at a supermarket construction site unearthed the footwear.

[AET] Rapier and Costuming Academy

The Barony-Marche of the Debatable lands invites one and all to escape the winter weather and join us for a day dedicated to the arts of Rapier and Costuming on December 3, 2011, at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church, 8711 Old Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

Creating a Gothic fitted dress

In a September 2011 article on the Fabric-Store.com website, Nicole Novembrino discusses the history and structure of the Gothic fitted dress, featured prominently in images from the mid-1300s until the mid-1400s.

[NOR] Griffin Needle Challenge

Please join us for an exciting costuming challenge - Teams of up to six members each meet at 10PM Friday night and have until 6PM on Saturday evening to complete an entire outfit in an all-night sewing extravaganza!

Dein-Larp-Shop.de

Dein-Larp-Shop.de is an online store which offers almost any kind of equipment and accessory for LARP (live-action roleplay), for reenactment and fantasy events. Dein-Larp-Shop.de provides many LARP-style weapons from different manufacturers. Dein-Larp-Shop.de offers foamed weapons, leather goods, armour, clothing, costumes, masks and make-up, accessories for camp life and medieval tents.

Amazing 17th century traveling suit at Durán Textiles

In  the past, Durán Textiles has showcased some amazing women's garb in their newsletter. Now it's the man's turn. The latest issue concentrates on an elaborate 17th century embroidered traveling suit worn by King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, who ruled 1615-1632.

Costume Society of America seeks papers

Costume Society of America is seeking papers for its Western Region 2012 Symposium to be held March 17-18, 2012 in Santa Clarita, California. The topic is: “Interpreting History through Costume.” Deadline is October 15, 2011.

Making a Finnish Viking dress

Satu Hovi offers techniques for creating a Finnish Viking dress on her website. The article includes research on the Eura dress and her replica from Luistari cemetery in Eura, grave 56.

[DRA] Yuletide University XI

Glen Rathlin is proud to announce that it will be holding the eleventh Yuletide University XI from 25th to 27th of November, 2011 at Crawfordsburn Scout Camp, 20 Bridge Row South, Helen’s Bay, Co Down, BT19 1JT.

Outlands costumer wins praise

THL Magdalena Lucia Ramberti, known in the modern world as Christa Gordon, recently won acclaim by placing third in the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. Gordon explained her specialty, Italian Renaissance courtesan clothing, to reporter Claire Martin of the Denver Post. (slideshow)

Artemisian wins the Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

The Realm of Venus' 4 month long Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge is over, with 14 finalists from around the world completing the challenge to make an Italian Renaissance outfit from the skin out.

Vindolanda finds point to advanced textile industry

It's not just about togas anymore. New evidence shows that "the Romans had a surprisingly advanced textile industry -- and possibly a luxury fashion addiction," with garments that included paenulas and laenas of wool, leather or felt.