Soooo.... my DH dragged me into the wonder that is the SCA when we first met. Even proposed to me at my first real "event".
I'm still working on expanding our wardrobe (mine first...
) and here's some photos of the better finished pieces.
First up, my absolute favorite, the Florentine:
The sleeves are removable and the "sash belt" that you can sort of see is actually a cashmere scarf from Venice. It's all wool (skirt guards and trim are velvet), the camica/chemise is a cotton/linen blend that is sooooo friggin' soft (and the fabric store has been sold out of since... *grumble grumble*). The "pattern" was loosely adapted from Patterns of Fashion. Box pleats on the front of the skirt, double box pleats over teh butt.
Next, the Italian Renaissance giorna (giornia? I can never remember):
Please excuse the cheesy grin and no makeup. "Camping out" in an Austrian castle is kinda lacking in amenities (like mirrors... lol). Same chemise, and the underdress is wool. Loosely adapted from some Butterick pattern IIRC. It has some fitting issues that I still need to fix.... Anyway, moving on, the giorna is a nifty fan fabric I found at the local fabric store and is actually reversible. The other side is the same fabric in blue (although I still need to finish the trim on that side). The trim is a regular golden color that I have hand sewn small glass pearls and ruby-red diamond-shaped beads onto... it took FOREVER. Plus I miscalculated how many pearls it needed and I seriously have like 12 times as many needed for the project left over. I have fantastical ideas for beaded bodices and full Elizabethan skirts roaming in my head to use them all but dunno if I'll ever gather up the courage to attempt such an endeavor.
This photo shows how LONG the sleeves of the chemise are. I wanted them to be extra poufy and oh-so-Italian but they're a bit more than is practical so I have plans to shorten them in the future. The chemise needs to be redone anyway because while putting it on for another event the ruffling around the neckline snapped (first time doing it and didn't reinforce it as well as I could've)... *sigh*
Moving on, here's a closer photo of the Renaissance as well as my husband's wool tunic:
I made his coif too.
This one is wool with a 100% Italian linen lining. I intended it to be a smidge more upper-class/dressier than his usual stuff and was "showing off the fact that he could afford to LINE his clothing"...
In reality, only the sleeves are lined.
Next up, is the corset I'm wearing underneath all that get-up:
It's a *VERY* heavily altered costume pattern (again from Butterick I think... or maybe McCall's) done in 100% Italian linen and corded with hemp. I screwed this thing up so many friggin' times it was unbelievable! To get it ready in time for the Crown Tourney (where these pics were taken) I ended up just folding over extra fabric and sewing it down on the backside rather than taking it apart entirely (yet again!) so it looks extra-incredibly wonky right now. I am pleased to say the grommet holes in the back were all hand-done by moi though. Sorry I don't have a photo of them. It is spiral-laced as well. I plan on doing another one and have relegated franken-corset to the loaner bin.
Enough about the construction though, this is SOOOOO COMFORTABLE. I cannot get over it, seriously. And does a damn good job of keeping the girls in if I do say so myself. The above "feast" photo is rather cleavage-riffic and that's all without a bra underneath like I know some ladies "cheat" with.
Here's another photo of the hubby and some tunics I made:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2720839103_0d89becb64.jpg?v=0
The white undertunic and blue overtunic are both made by me, everything else is store-bought. I used a REALLY simple pattern that is period but I find I really dislike. Don't get me wrong, it's super easy to put together if you can sew a straight seam, I just prefer more of a "skirt" to it. DH wanted his sleeves that short too. The white is the cotton/linen blend like my chemise and the blue is 100% Italian linen.
Finally, here's the first outfit I made (well no, scratch that, I made a really hideous princess-y lace-y monstrosity for Halloween/RenFaire a few years before). It's another pattern from Butterick/McCall's and so not in ANY way period accurate... lol:
I rather do love the full sleeves and faux bracers though.
DH's stuff is all store-bought. Come to think on it, I suppose this was actually our first "date".
As an extra tidbit, here's an Elizabethan sweetbag I cross-stitched sometime ago from a pattern in a book:
Thanks for looking.