I made my first Elizabethan corset back in the dark ages of internet time, when it was still pretty common … More
The surviving pattern published in Juan de Alcega’s ‘Libro de Geometria, Practica y Traca’(1589) represents almost everything we know about … More
Yet another dry, dusty pile of academic writing… This time, the topic is the corsetry/torso support of the 16th century. … More
This is an excerpt from a research paper I did a while back. The paper itself is 40 pages and … More
File this one under “possibly useful to some one, at some time, somehow”: this is a series of pictures of … More
I love this type of hat. It’s sort of the pimp-daddy of Elizabethan headwear, and I really think they should be more popular with rennies than they are.
This is a cute, easy little hat. If, for some reason, you only wanted to learn one kind of hat for your ‘bethan costuming, this would be it. The shape of the hat really responds to the fabric it’s made from – with a stiffer fabric, it has height and sophistication, and with a thinner fabric it’s totally flopsy and common.
This is a slightly untidy look that’s great for characters who are a little down on their luck, generally dishevelled, countrified, or who generally wish to convey that "aiming for fashion but missing" appeal.
This is a soft, unstructured little hat that shows up on and off throughout history (especially when “history” is being portrayed on a stage). It’s easy, it’s fast, and it can be done up entirely on a sewing machine.
This sort of little flat cap, with a proper (stiffened) brim shows up on and off throughout history. It’s easy to put together, and a smarter look than a Biggins for the ren-faire crowd.