About Alexis: I joined the SCA in 1981. Pennsic X was my second event. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was young. I’m a Laurel in the SCA for Fiber Arts. This challenge ties directly into my persona.
Her Project: My goal is to create an early 16th C. Tudor ensemble for a middle-class seamstress. I have wanted to get back into early 16th C. clothing for a while, as it is my first love in historical period and clothing.
About Ambra: My first event was in the womb. In that time, I have learned to make sturdy lasting garb – but have opportunities to grow my quality and aesthetic. I am very excited for this challenge. In 2017, I was elevated to the order of the Laurel for my efforts in Writren Works and the bardic comunity, and due service to my kingdom. I come from the shiney days of firelight carching trim, and am looking to step intonsomething more authentic (while maintaining the convenience of my sewing machiene – better for my attention span…). I actually have an itLlian persona, but my household is norse, linen breaths, and trimaris is hot! This will be the perfect wander-by-night Gulf Wars outfit. Ideally.
Her Project: I plan to make a late norse outfit – undershift, apron, coat, and accessory. The coat especially is something Inhave wanted to make for some time. It may include some heraldry. I have not yet decided. It will be based on some historial examples and altered for my personal aesthetic.
Beaded and hand embroidered felt applique sleeves – underdress. Turned yolk w machine embroidery and trim. Machine embroidered seams. I am hard on my sleeves so did not edge embroider and the overdress will be elongated so no btm adornment would be visible.
About Arianne : I’ve been in the Society since the 90s and sew regularly – in fact, the greatest difficulty will be either fitting my personal sewing amid my commissions or figuring out how to do the required different layer. My persona is 14th century French and deserves a new outfit.
Her Project: I’ll be making a late-14th century noblewoman’s côtehardie and accompanying garments, possibly with a matching male outfit. This will be appropriate for my persona. There are several similar gowns featured in illuminations of the late 14th and early 15th centuries, but the most famous similar one is the blue côtehardie in the early-15th century Très Riches Heures de Jean, duc de Berry.
About Birna: I’ve been in the SCA for about 40 years. Own and operate an agro educational Icelandic farm in north east florida where we teach leather, wood, metal, and fiber arts. I have until now sewn by machine but have started sewing by hand; pretty ugly still. I have never embroidered. The garb design and initial construction should not be a problem. I have never made shoes before so that will be challenging. Also the trim; although I make the looms and teach the craft, takes many hours to get that much for hems and other pieces so that will be time consuming. I think the hardest for me will be the embroidery since I want to be very elaborate with Norse knot work and other designs in multi colors. This will be directly related to my persona and will be used when I compete at local, kingdom, and IKAC events.
Her Project: This is an archery outfit of my own thoughts. There will be a hood, shooting cap, dress, and apron. There will be hand woven trim; by me, on all the pieces and the dress, hopefully, will have embroidery around the hems and sleeves. I am doing this in a Norse style, early period. I also plan to make a pair of shoes in the Jorvik style and pour a pair of broaches at my forge. Although this is not fashion related I am also tooling a new leather quiver and making a set of period arrows. I am a mid 11th century Icelandic woman who was raised by my father to do everything the men do as well as what the women did around the farm. I fight, loose, do metal and wood, leather, cook, and run our farm.
The Complete Garment
Birna’s final thoughts on her C3 experience: i am very pleased with most of what I did. I wish I was better at embroidery at the beginning of this. I have had some very good practice over these past four months and I feel I have progressed. The dress I’m working on now for my wife; not in the challenge is way better than the dress I made for the challenge.
This layer is a Norse dress for someone in the tenth to eleventh century. I am Icelandic but it could be any of the Norse countries. The dress is part of an ensemble for a female Norse archer. The material is a camouflage pattern to blend into the woods of the landscape. The embroidery is hand stitched and the trim is hand woven on a loom that I built. This is the main layer of the ensemble. The next layer will be the pants and apron. After that will be the boots, hood, cap, and then final layer will be the weapons.
the pants are norse draw string pants. The apron is a strap apron with broaches.
Made my pants and apron from matching material. pants are lined with flannel for comfort and warmth. apron is double sided with the material for stability and strength. X stitched every seam on both pieces with embroidery floss. Embroidered six designs on the apron. made the trim for the straps on the viking flat braid loom that I made.
Early Icelandic woman’s archer garb. boots and cap. part of my entire ensemble.
This is a female archery garb for 11th century icelandic or scandinavian. it went as planned. Most was done by hand and although some was done by modern conveyance such as a gas forge it was substituted for an period method. This is all my work.
this layer is all the bits and pieces that go with the garb. The two knives, the pouch, and the belt. All hand tooled and hand made.
Group Members: Kale Adriane, Melangell merch Mariot, and Caitriona Meehan
Location: Barony of Marcaster, Trimaris
Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate
About The Incomplete Sewing Circle: We are all members of a Trimarian household who have known each other for 12 years. We have a love of sewing and creating, but are no apt to put ourselves out there. Some one posted this on our kingdom page and Kale talked us all into it. This is all of our first venture into a higher level competition. Kale’s son is in dire need of clothing and we are in dire need of entertainment.
Their Project: 10th century male child clothing. As there are no known child extant findings we will be basing this outfit of adult clothing from Jorvik. It will include pants, tunic, outerwear, and accessories. Fabric will be purchased and all textile pieces will be hand sewn and crafted.
About Lynn: I have been in the SCA about 15 years and sewing for about 60. I constantly add to my skills with each new project. On this one I will be learning or improving on weaving, tablet weaving, embroidery, glass beads, metal work, and wood carving. Each new skill is challenging.
Their Project: Viking based garb with accessories based on my interpretation of historical finds. 9th century. Under shift, apron, head ware, Hedeby bag, and apron adornments.
I completed a Hedeby bag as an accessory for my Viking outfit. I cut out the handles using finds from Birka for inspiration. I then carved the wood handles with a design found on a sword scabbard in Valsgarde, Sweden. I wove a 2/2 wool twill on a 3 heddle loom for the body of the bag. Next I wove a wool tablet weave in missed hole technique from 10th century Birka for the shoulder strap and trim for the bag. This Hedeby is Viking in origin. Used for wide period around the tenth century by all classes. This was the first time I have done wood carving so that was a little painstakingly done. The weaving I have done a couple of times and still hope to improve my skills.
About Marcia: In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am known as Comitessa Marcia Dulcitia (also known as Countess Dulcia MacPherson) and I live in the Barony of An Crosaire, in the Kingdom of Trimaris. I have been honored to be elevated to the Orders of the Laurel, Pelican, and Rose. I’m a former Queen of Trimaris, and a former Baroness of An Crosaire. My most important role in the SCA, and out of it, is being the wife of Syr Turold Dunstan Arminger. I joined the SCA in the March of the Marshes, a Canton of the Barony of Red Spears in the Middle Kingdom in 1991 as a graduate student studying medieval and renaissance music history at Bowling Green State University. I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel in 1999 in Trimaris for my research, period music, and Elizabethan costuming. I changed my focus and persona to ancient Rome a few years ago, after the Board of Directors removed the starting date of the SCA. Ancient Rome has always been an obsession of mine, and I have enjoyed finally feeling free to truly explore and enjoy this wonderful period of history with my SCA friends and family. I have been actively exploring all parts of the Roman world, with most of my focus devoted to Roman religion and religious practices (especially religious practices within the Roman home), Roman textile arts, Roman food, and, of course, clothing.
Project: I will be creating the attire worn by Roman patrician women during the reign of Augustus and Livia, the first Roman Emperor and Empress, c. 1 CE. This will be based off the extant images, especially statuary, depicting Empress Livia and other Roman noblewomen of that time. My Roman persona is actually based almost a century later, during the reign of Hadrian and Vibia Sabina, but as I continue to research ancient Rome I find myself increasingly drawn to Livia Augusta. One of Emperor Augustus’ chief goals from the beginning of his reign was to restore Rome and the Roman people to their ancient glory. He felt strongly that the faith, morals, and values of Rome had decayed, and with it the strength of the Empire. He realized that in order to rebuild Rome he had to revive the customs and traditions of the past, and restore the faith and values of its people. A large part of his attention was focused on the public and private lives of the upper classes. Together, Augustus and Livia became the role models that they expected the Roman nobles to emulate. Livia, especially, set the pattern for the noble Roman matrona – wearing neither excessive jewelry nor pretentious clothing. She took care of the household and her husband, made most of the family’s clothing herself, observed all the public and private religious rites, was renowned for her chastity and faithfulness, and was known to also be educated and intelligent enough to become one of Augustus’ advisors. Ancient sources generally portray Livia as a woman of proud and queenly attributes who was a worthy consort to her husband – forever poised and dignified. A woman I would wish to emulate.
About Stephanie: I am new to the SCA but I have been into historical costuming since 2011. I love 16th century English and Italian styles. I sew a lot of my own everyday clothes based on 1950s vintage patterns and also enjoy Edwardian costuming at non-SCA costume events. I really want to challenge myself with this challenge to use more historically accurate materials and construction techniques.
Her Project: I’m planning on making a 16th century English working class woman’s ensemble. My layers will include a linen shift, a supportive kirtle with sleeves and a waistcoat plus an accessory which I haven’t decided on yet. My goal is to have a very basic outfit which can be worn with different accessories or with various (to be made in the future) over gowns from a range of decades in the 16th century. I will be drafting patterns for these pieces based on patterns included in The Tudor Tailor. While I have made pieces like this before, I want to challenge myself by trying out period construction techniques so I’m planning on these pieces being hand sewn or mostly hand sewn.