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 John: While I have been in the SCA for decades (started 1985) and while I have all the service awards I’ve never received an arts and sciences award. I do not sew regularly and the last time I made any clothing would be many years ago. My sewing skills are barely adequate for making things. A sewing machine has always been what I used to the maximum extent possible. I’m thinking I’ll hand sew this project and the whole project will be quite challenging for me. I’ve been trying to make a pack of playing cards for many years and have some ideas about how to fast track making one while using period techniques. It is about time I have a new outfit and this challenge might get me to make one.
His Project: There is a picture of some Basque soldiers dated 1547 that I came across many years ago that caught my eye. A spear carrier is in an outfit with a lot of red. I like the idea of wearing it. I’m guessing layer 1 is the underwear, Layer 2 is the red floofy shirt and the red and white trousers, Layer 3 is the black pleated top, Layer 4 will be a pack of playing cards. I’ll make the hat too. Possibly the shoes but probably not.