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

1920s Clothing is NOT just for the skinny

1920s Clothing is NOT just for the skinny

If I hear it one more time, I’m going to scream! “I can’t wear 1920s styles.  I have curves.” ARRRRRRRRRGH!!! How many times do I have to say it?  People weren’t waifs in the 1920s.  They weren’t hipless boys. Let’s look at people from the 1920s.  And not your average person on the street.  We… Continue Reading

Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk:  When Goths Discovered Brown.  So the joke goes.  But there’s no reason your Steampunk ensemble has to be restricted to the palette of a sepia photograph.  Mid- and late Victorians were incredibly fond of colour.  Rather than wearing brown and black all the time, western people in the 19th century wore shockingly bright colours.  Some… Continue Reading