I need new rapier armor.  I made a doublet and a pair of Venetians last year but I need at least two more doublets, a couple more pairs of trunkhose, and a jerkin or two.  So for inspiration I’ve started going through my copy of De Gheyn’s The Exercise of Armes.  The treatise is about training foot soldiers on the handling of such weapons as muskets, pikes, and calivers and as an added side benefit it is beautifully illustrated with over an hundred images of early c1607 dress.

 

Even if you aren’t interested in soldiering during the time period it makes a great resource for garb.  The variety of decoration, styles, and garments included in the images of the soldiers is a wealth of ideas.  You can see a few examples here in this post.  Once I’ve settled on my inspiration plates I will post them here with fabric samples for you guys.

Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo e la sua influenza

My Sweety is the best of husbands. :)

For those of you who are not on Facebook (or who may have missed my post yesterday) last night I finished my 16th and early 17th Century stockings tutorial reformat. My plan is to have it available on my site as the first in a series of ebooks before the end of the year.  I’m very excited about this project.  I’ve been wanting to do a series of costuming and martial arts ebooks for Elizabethan Mafia for a while and I’m very excited to be starting the project with this tutorial.

This weekend was spent working on my new article for Foundations as well as pitching in to help with House Red Wolf’s (the NCSU SCA student group) recruitment demo on Sunday.

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14. September 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Resources · Tags:

For the first time since high school I have a county library card.

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Looking for a pattern for a new project?  Here is a list of 5 patterns from Reconstructing History that I totally love:

  1. The Geoffrey Nightcap Embroidery Pattern: Created by Laura of Extreme Costuming this nightcap pattern is simple and elegant.  A great place to start for a new embroiderer!
  2. The 1560s-70s Flanders Gown: I’ve been working with this pattern for my own Flanders Gown and I’ve been very pleased with the clarity of the directions and how easy it has gone together.
  3. The Netherlandish Working Women’s Outfit: Netherlandish working class clothing is always elegant and comfortable.
  4. The 14th century Grand Assiette Pourpoint: It can be hard to find a pattern for the grand assiette pourpoint and draping a pattern on yourself is difficult.  I was really pleased with the quality of RH’s pattern and I’m looking forward to starting mine as soon as my Flanders Gown is finished.
  5. The Fruitseller or Common Woman’s Dress: I just love the simple elegance of RH’s Italian working women’s dress pattern.

* To see more of Reconstructing History’s many patterns and notions from a wide variety of time periods visit their website.

A friend of mine is helping to put together a library for June University similar to the one that was put together to KASF last March.  Last week I told her I would be happy to bring some books and last night I sent her a list of titles I planned to bring.  In an effort to help promote the library I thought I would post my list here as well.  You can also find a list of all the titles the expect to have available on her website.

Titles I Plan to Bring:

W. A. A Book of Cookrye. 1591. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

Unknown. A Booke of Cookerie, Otherwise Called the Good Huswives Handmaid. 1597. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

Arnold, Janet.  Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d.  W.S Maney & Son’s LTD.  Leeds, England.  1988

De Ghyen, Jacob. The Exercise of Armes: All 117 Engravings From the Classic 17th Century Military Manual. Dover Publications, Inc. Mineola, New York. 1999.

Stubbes, Phillip. The Anatomie of Abuses. 1583. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

Stubbes, Phillip. The Second Part of the Anatomie of Abuses. Publication date unknown. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

Unknown. A Booke of Honor and Armes. 1590. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

Swetnam, Joseph. The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defense. 1617. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

A Schole-House for the Needle. 1624 and 1632. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2008

Hayward, Maria.  Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII: The Wardrobe Book of the Wardrobe of the Robes.  Maney Publishing (2007)

A Uniform and Catholic Primer in Latin and English. c1555. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

This Primer in English and Latin.  c1538. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

A Primer or Booke of Private Prayer.  1568. Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

The Booke of Common Prayer.   1559.  Available from http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home. Downloaded Sept. 2007

I found a very interesting new resource today that I wanted to share with all of you: the Perdita Manuscripts Project.  This is a project dedicated to digitizing texts written by early modern women that are not widely known because they may only exist in manuscript form.

You will probably need to contact your local university or community library to see if you have access but this is a phenomenal resource of account books, diaries, commonplace books, and other writings by women of the early modern period.