Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s talk about something that makes my little costumer’s heart go pitter-patter: the Effigy Corset. I’ve had … More
I had this horrible, recurring experience with some of my oldest costumes: I’d put a zillion hours worth of work … More
Oh, that pesky Pfalzgrafin corset… It’s technically dated to 1598, by virtue of being found on the body of Pfalzgrafin … More
The Spanish Farthingale is a stiffened underskirt that gives Tudor and early Elizabethan skirts their characteristic conical shape. You can … More
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
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.