Category Archives: In the making

How white is white?

Puutarhajuhlat Filip Hyvän aikaan

Even though I have been quiet, I have done something! I had fallen in love with the idea of making a white open surcoat to be worn with my white woollen underdress. I cherished the idea of a roba, a complete set of 4 to 6 garments (at least an underdress, an overdress, a hood … > >


Efficient weekend

Felix ja pystykangaspuut

You can get a whole lot done during just one weekend! We – Eme, Sahra and I, as well as Knut from the children’s entertainment troup – gathered under the exquisite roof of casa de Sahra and Knut to plan, cut, fit and baste as much as we could. The actual sewing would happen afterwards. … > >


Undoing and redoing

Siis purkamaan, purkamaan jälleen täällä aletaan

A rather a long while ago and with colder days in mind I started making me a buttoned down cote out of warm wool – easy to put on and take off, a bit like a coat. It was meant to be finished for the winter before last, but oops, it wasn’t. There are several … > >


Winged musician 3 / 12

Siipimusikantti kolmonen

Slowly, slowly the winged creatures take shape. The third musician is now coloured and ready, and the fourth one is on its way. So three done, only nine to go! Too bad the picture is all fuzzy. The musicians will be part of this hood.

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What if it wasn’t a blunder

Heraldinen syrkotti

Earlier I hinted towards a project that ended up in the back of my wardrobe after being worn a few times, because I made not one, but two blunders with it. The project was this one, a heraldic surcote, where the yellow side is for Drachenwald and the blue side for me. Idea for this … > >


Pre-event panic – again

Event is in a week and I’m facing yet another spree of panic sewing. Why? Could somebody please finally explain why this happens over and over again? And again. And again. I will risk loosing my face and publish my to-do list. Put the final touches on a white woolen undercote: finish a few seam … > >


Ladies dressed in men’s clothes?

Neljä miestä, Romance of Alexander fol 148r

Cross-dressing was quite simply forbidden, we are being told. There were some exceptions – e.g. a woman was allowed to dress in men’s clothes when travelling, if it was safer for her. And then there are fascinating stories like this, from England 1347-1348: In those days a rumour arose and great excitement amongst the people … > >


One hood with winged musicians coming up


There is always something in the making! Some projects take forever, some a little less time. This hood might become my Rome – definitely not built in a day. I have a short-sleeved cote and a dagged hood made of thick burgundy wool. I’ve used them both quite a lot over these past few years, … > >

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