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.
This is a more tailored version of Ye Olde Floppy Gathered Hat. This is a great hat for merchants, or for French or Italien male characters, I think. I don’t like it as well for women. (That’s purely a personal bias.)
The Floppy Gathered Hat is a rather unstructured, lower-class looking hat. There’s nothing pretentious about it, especially when it’s made up in a soft fabric.
The Basic Brim Pattern is a quick and easy method to get you started drafting hat patterns that will actually fit the head they’re intended for. It’s not classical millinery – it’s more of my own little sneaky cheat. It’s the first step in many of the hat-making directions you’ll find here.
Reverse applique is the process of sewing two layers of material together with the stitches forming some sort of design, … More
This is a very popular style of bodice amongst the english during the Elizabethan period. It shows a distinctive inverted … More
The kirtle is sort of a general purpose under-dress. The pattern being drafted below is actually somewhat earlier than the … More
For those of you out there who do Rev or Civ war stuff, this might come in handy. It’s basic, … More
A simple little caul is an elegant touch for a fashionable lady of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. They can be crisp and serviceable, or sumptuously decorated.
This charming little headcovering is a northern version of the Simple Caul, seen in a number of flemish paintings. Like … More