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Bartholomew Sharpe

Location: Barony of Bergental , East

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Advanced

About Bartholomew: I have been a member of the SCA for approximately 6 years. I have been involved in other forms of reenacting on and off since I was 13 (23 years or so). My main areas of interest is the material culture of 16th and early 17th century England. I have been sewing seriously for about 5 years. This past year I have been focusing on making completely hand-sewn garments. While I have a good understanding of making the garments I plan to enter, the challenge to me will be in trying to use a number of period techniques that I have only recently learned.

His project: I plan on recreating a complete English middle class men’s outfit from the turn of the 17th century. I am looking to recreate what would have been worn by a yeoman farmer or middle class tradesman in the years 1595-1610. The outfit will be based off of a variety of period artwork, as well as extant garments. It will include: shirt, doublet, hose, and jerkin. I plan on hand sewing the entire outfit. If time allows I may also make a belt, purse or knitted hat to round out the outfit.

Layer 3

My third layer consists of a leather jerkin. It is based on period art as well as some surviving examples of English jerkins from the second half of the 16th century. Since I am attempting to recreate a “working mans'” outfit I chose to leave it mostly undecorated. I did however add leather piping with tiny slashes to the seams to give it a bit of flare. It is made from purchased modern chromium tanned leather, this was a mistake on my part. the chromium tan leather does not lend itself to being hammered flat. On one example in the Museum of London, the seams allowances are hammered very flat, being vegetable tanned it is much easier to do that on than chromium tanned leather. The pewter buttons are cast by myself. They are inspired by examples found on The Portable Antiquities Scheme website. I chose to piece one of the skirts together as an added historical touch. Many examples of surviving clothing incorporate piecing and I felt it helps to achieve a more historically correct garment.

Bonus Points

Historic Intermediate · Historically Focused · Intermediate

Honoré Corbaut

Location: Okewaite, Lochac

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate

About Honoré: I’ve been in the SCA for a very long time. I’ve mostly been a behind the scenes administrator, with occasional short timeframe bursts of sewing energy. I sew, I knit, I cook. This project is going to be developing a new alternate persona, so I’m diving headfirst into research I either haven’t had time for, or simply haven’t needed to do in the past. I’m trying to use stash fabrics for as much as I can – why not use them? Plus, with shipping the way it is right now, I’m not sure I have time to order from overseas.

Her Project: I’m going to build an outfit for a merchant or upper middle class woman in Prague, circa 1590-1605. I’ve been reviewing a number of extant pieces and some of the few paintings that are from Bohemia at that time. It’s a new idea – new persona – so I’m feeling the pressure I’m putting on myself to get it “right” for the first outing which will be Twelfth Night in Lochac in January. Where it will be very hot. And I’ll be wearing wool. Whoops. My outfit will be fairly stark, as was the fashion in Western Europe at that time. Embellishments will likely take the form of thread wrapped buttons, or possibly some black-on-black embroidery. My fabrics will be of the highest quality permitted for my class and time.