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Æsa Helgulfsdottir

Location: Barony of Endless Hills, Æthelmearc

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Advanced

Project Update Blog : In Wolf’s Clothes

About Æsa: I’ve been in the SCA for about 13 years. While I love sewing, I also enjoy playing with other skills like archery, knife and axe throwing, fiber arts, basket weaving, herbalism, soap making, pottery and brewing/cooking. I love acquiring skills that a Viking wife would have used in her everyday life. While the sewing aspects of the garments will not be difficult, historical clothing can sometimes present challenges as I am paralyzed. I often have to strike a balance between something that looks as correct as possible while also being comfortable, allowing for medical restrictions and not hindering my wheelchair’s movement.

Her Project: I’m hoping to create an ensemble that would have been worn by the Norse wife of a fairly well-off land owner in 10th century Jorvik. The piece is not based on any single burial find, but takes inspiration from several. The plan is for wool stockings, a linen underdress, a woolen dress and apron with jewelry and a head covering. The goal is to spin and weave a component of the ensemble.

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My Norse linen underdress went as planned, as I am very used to making this style of gown for myself. I hand sewed all the seams and tacked them down using a running stitch and matching threads. For my stockings, I struggled a little deciding what to make. Many of the current interpretations from archeological finds seem to have a seam running along the sole of the foot, which I was afraid would be very irritating as I have some nerve issues from the paralysis. I also knew that I wanted the stockings to end below the knee, as I didn’t want to have any fabric bunched behind the knee as my legs are always bent. In the end, I used a pattern that I had drafted about ten years ago from “The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant” as I knew that it was comfortable to wear. The stockings were made from brown wool flannel, hand sewn and the seams were tacked down using a running stitch in contrasting thread.

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Lisette la bergiére

Location: Aethelmarc

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Advanced

Project Update Blog: Maison de Gous

About Lisette: I have been a member of the SCA since 2004, although I did step away for a period of time. I have been sewing since I was a child and really enjoy hand-sewing *most garments. I am also a minister of the lists, a beekeeper, and am beginning to make mead and learn more about baking in period. The project will tie directly into my persona and may be challenging as I will need to draft or re-draft all of the pattern pieces. I have not made this exact style before.

Her Plans: My clothing will focus on an ensemble worn by a lady of nobility attending the French Court in the Early French Renaissance of the Loire Valley, late 1400’s – early 1500’s. I will be using images of Anne of Brittany and Queen Claude and their ladies as inspiration for the outfit. I have recently been narrowing my focus for my personal and have wanted to make a set of clothes for the early Tudor/transitional period (but French!).