The first month of Accessorizing Head to Toe has kicked off with some lovely results from you creative costumers! Here’s what I’ve found on your blogs & the Flickr pool so far — feel free to add more in the comments below.
While the goal of these challenges is to make accessories for costumes — historical, science-fiction, fantasy, whatever — this first challenge of “hats” hits close to home for me. See, I’m starting chemotherapy at the end of August to treat breast cancer. As most people know, a major side effect of chemo is hair loss.
Hats are everywhere! Until the 1960s, most every adult wore a hat in public, especially outdoors (tho’ it’s urban legend that JFK is to blame for the demise of hat wearing). They were practical & fashionable. Tons of hats exist in museums, & you can see how they were worn in context through artwork &
Need help making a hat? The Interwebs are your friend! Don’t be shy, get a helping hand. I can’t vouch for the historical accuracy or efficacy of all of these sources, but they looked interesting to me & can at least get you going. Arranged chronologically by historical era: Reconstructing the French Hood: An In-Depth
Since the first Accessory Challenge theme is Hats, I thought I share some that I’ve made. And then I realized that, since switching my website to Word Press almost 2 years ago, I still haven’t moved about half my photos & dress diaries here. Ooops. So a lot of the hats I made & gave
Sometimes, you don’t have time to sew. Or there are certain things you just don’t care to sew for yourself. Or you realize that someone, out there, somewhere is making & selling something better than you could sew & for a price that is more reasonable than you tearing out your hair to attempt to
It’s a known fact that I love wacky hairstyles (also, hats). Big, weird shapes sprouting off one’s head please me inordinately. So naturally, I’ve been drawn to the horn-shaped style worn by Venetian upper-class women in the mid- to late-16th-century. I’ve given one try at making hairpieces to replicate this style, tho’ I’m not quite
Some time ago, my good friend Sarah collected some historical images documenting 16th-century women wearing crowns, because it often seems like a rare thing. We see queens & female nobility of earlier eras decked in towering regalia, but crowns / coronets / tiaras / diadems & the like almost go out of fashion for the
When you’re just starting out in this wonderful world of costuming, you tend to use what’s easy and fast. This is no crime, we’ve all done it, that’s to be expected. If you want to lace up a garment, you need to reinforce the lacing holes so they don’t wear out, and you find some
The heart-shaped cap most famously worn by Mary Queen of Scots goes by many names and its construction has been up for debate. The style was not just worn by this queen — it was common among upper-class women of the late 16th century in England and France. While modern costumers may know it as
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This article is an accompaniment to a lecture and demonstration class I taught at the SCA West Kingdom’s Collegium Occidentalis XLV in November 2010 and at Costume College in July 2011. It’s intended as a practical lesson in how to recreate the look of upper-class hair fashions of late 16th-century England. The first half of
By Lady Violet Ruthvene in the SCA This is an accompaniment to a lecture class I taught at the West Kingdom Arts and Sciences Tourney in June 2011. The goal is to help people in the Society for Creative Anachronism who want to start teaching classes in the SCA. This is the handout I gave,
By Lady Violet Ruthvene in the SCA This is an accompaniment to a lecture and demonstration class I taught at the Province of Southern Shores’ Newcomers Tourney in May 2011. This is intended as a guide to help those starting out in the Society for Creative Anachronism to improve their costumes in easy, budget-friendly ways.
By Lady Violet Ruthvene in the SCA, written to help the West Kingdom prepare for a masked ball Two great medieval traditions made mask-wearing popular among the citizens of the Republic of Venice: the festival of Carnevale and the Commedia dell’ Arte theater. Between these, you have a variety of mask styles to choose from,