Summerfest is coming and as always I feel the urge to make kit for my character. The fests of the season give me a chance to mix up the wardrobe, tweak bits of kit that have been niggling at me over the past few months, and generally try to stay cool over the three days I get to be in-character.
Having been trawling Pinterest (I have a problem – so many pretty things, so little time) and roaming around the internet following various SCA and costuming blogs over the past few years, I have had the joy to stumble across Morgan Donner’s Sewing Party. Her kit always knocks my socks off and inspires me to attempt to make beautiful clothes for my character rather than just costume. As tempted as I was to attempt to make a Burgundian gown, a houpplande like this one, or this one, or an extravagant gown with LOTS of material … I had to consider wearing the garment out on the field and how it could be used in future (I do have some self control sometimes). But having considered my current kit and the garments I’ve enjoyed wearing in the past, I came up with a cunning plan. And borrowed inspiration from Morgan Donner’s beautiful Venetian Zimarra.
This blog delves into the beginnings of my new over-robe as I attempt to make my own garment by deliberately combining different patterns. Part 2: the making of will follow in time.