My trip to Verona, Italy in May of 2014

Which one of these is not like the others?

This is a long, meandering tale. If your attention span is not up to the task, just skim through all the pictures. Almost two weeks ago I got on a plane and traveled to Italy. But let me back up and give you some history first… The plan for this trip germinated a year ago […]

The Medieval Buttonhole

Buttonhole from lower center-front opening of the pourpoint at Chartres, France

To skip the talkity-talk below and go right to the tutorial, click here. But I recommend you read on anyway. Buttonholes… the mere thought of them strikes cold fear into the hearts of European 14th century clothing enthusiasts. The 14th century was probably the most insanely over-buttoned century ever. We few, we committed few, will […]

New tutorial lite: Making a dress from your bust-supportive bodice pattern

Body pattern pieces

For my recent workshops in California, I produced a couple of hand-outs for attendees. Tonight I webbed one of them, a sort of fast-and-rough guide to making a dress from a bust-supportive bodice pattern. While far from comprehensive, it does contain a fair bit of useful information, especially for the advanced beginner who is comfortable […]

The cotehardie that ate my brain!

Tasha and Greg before the Christmas tree

My sweetheart’s birthday is in early November. He gently suggested I might make him something historically-themed and  fine to wear. I thought this was a capital idea, given my experience and interests. I decided to make him a cotehardie in the style of Charles de Blois. I have my own pattern for easy fitting, after […]