About Eilish: I have been a member of the SCA, Kingdom of Calontir, Shire of Westumbria for about 4 years. Currently I am the Westumbria Herald. Sewing? Long? Oh, let’s see? Since I was old enough to use a needle & thread. (Note that I didn’t say “safely”.) I love historical sewing. To date I have made Roman, Irish, French, Norman, up to the 14th century; then I jump to 1830s Mountain man era, Souix maiden dress, prairie dresses & even some leather breeches; then Civil War hoop dresses, 1880s bustle dresses; & of course mundane from 1970s to present day. This dress will, hopefully be the signature gown for Lady Eilish. It will be a challenge because I love challenges. Especially sewing.
Her Project: I purchased a purple linen, Green Silk w/slubs & a textured white silk at Clothiers a couple of years ago. The dress idea didn’t gel for a while. After researching the following is what I have settled on. The design is completely mine using historical references. It will be made using machine & hand work. 12th century green cotehardie with detachable & reversible sleeves, trimmed with the white textured white. Trim is to be neck, arm cuff, reverse side of bell sleeve, mid calf trim & a tippet. White will eventually be embellished with embroidery & beads. Underdress will be purple linen. (Because there is not enough yardage for the complete long underdress, upper to below hips will be linen & lower will be unbleached linen.) Some aspects may not be historically accurate, ie; detachable/reversible sleeves & using a second color for lower skirt; but I like the ideas. Detachable/reversible sleeves & a tippet will make this dress at least 4 dresses in one.
About Guendolen: Greetings fair folk, I am Guendolen. I’ve been playing off and on in the SCA for about 20 year with a longish break after an unfortunate relationship event. I prefer all sorts of creative endeavors from sewing to belly dancing. I’ve been looking forward to creating this clothing combo for my persona for quite a few years with many, many failed attempts. This time, however, I feel I am ready to take up the challenge – this very challenging challenge. Well met and good tidings to all.
Her Project: The plan is to recreate a twelfth century bliaut, overdress, cloak, and belt and or pouch. I am basing the ensemble from several illuminated pieces that highlight the overdress and several extent pieces for the cloak. It appeared to be something a high born lady would have worn in France at the time my persona would have lived (1140s – 1170s). I have been working up my nerve and my knowledge base to create these pieces and this was just the excuse I needed to jump into it.
About Jorunna: I’ve been in the SCA going on 4 years now. I’ve been learning to sew my own garb the past 3 years and slowly building up my collection. A good portion of what I have is Norse. However, I have a Persian outfit, a gift bliaut, a couple of Italian dresses, and some roman chitons. I want to have garb from all different times and locations, and have a list of what all I want to make. In the SCA I also do target archery, equestrian, mounted archery, heavy combat, combat archery, embroidery, and dabble in bardic. This endeavor is going to be a bit challenging for me, but I’m excited to learn new skills and have a new outfit!
Her Project: I am looking to make my first 12th Century French bliaut. This project is to add a summer weight or light weight bliaut for warmer weather. I was given a velvet bliaut from a friend, but it’s too heavy for warm weather events. This one will be made from a beautiful silk looking cotton rayon brocade. The fabric has embroidered fleur de lis in gold. The sleeves will be lined with actual silk that is lavender and gold. I plan to make a matching veil too. For inspiration I’ve been looking at images of the carvings on the Cathedral de Chartes, some illuminations, and some other SCAdians’ examples of bliauts. This is a chance for me to make something completely new that I’ve never attempted before. I’m excited to be expanding my sewing skills and knowledge and branching out historically!