Giving a Coat Flare

Giving a Coat Flare

And possibly also “Giving a Coat Flair”.  You really can have both! See, it all started with this picture: I mean, what costume-obsessed person doesn’t look at that and go, “WAAAAAAANT!” So being me, I thought, “This is not so unlike RH1013.  I have an RH1013 already cut out of red melton.  I’ll just add… Continue Reading

People Were Smaller Back Then… right?

One of the misconceptions about historical costume is that people were smaller “back then”.  Would it surprise you to know that the average woman living in London in the Middle Ages was the same height as the average female Londoner today? There are a couple reasons for this misconception.  Historians used to use door heights… Continue Reading

Why are There No Sewing Patterns for Men?

Why are There No Sewing Patterns for Men?

Poor men.  In the realm of sewing patterns, and historical clothing, they really get the short end of the stick. Sewing is a “woman’s hobby”.  One might even hear it called “woman’s work”.  When a man turns up at a reenactment impeccably dressed, he is inevitably asked, “Did your girlfriend make that?” It’s infuriating. One… Continue Reading