The Lady Adventurer

Costuming shenanigans

Petticoat nearly finished!

| April 27, 2013

The majority of the petticoat is done! Please note that in the picture above, my dress dummy is set taller than I am, to hang the skirt before hemming.  I am not that Amazonian.  The skirt is attached except for a tiny part at the side front on either side, where the front piece is [...]


| April 24, 2013

I’ve been working on my new garb for Kentwell.  My brown kirtle has been approved (YAY!), but you know how it goes – any excuse for new stuff.  =).  One thing I knew I would need is a new foundation garment.  I have my corset, which I absolutely LOVE, but it’s really not period for [...]

Finished Coif

| April 6, 2013

The new coif and forehead cloth are completed! Yay for new headwear!   Sarah

New Coif!

| April 2, 2013

I’m working on a new coif!  What the heck is a coif, you say?  A coif is an item of renaissance headwear. It’s made of linen, and a lot of the surviving examples are heavily embroidered.  Personally, I think that most coifs probably weren’t embroidered, but that no one cared to save the plain ones [...]

An Experimental Kirtle

| March 28, 2013

So, I’ve started to get bored of my current garb again.  This time, though, I decided to try something a little different – a petticoat with attached bodies.  I’ve heard plenty of references to this sort of garment – essentially, a kirtle with enough support to be worn without bodies (in other words, no corset!) [...]

Partlets Part Deux

| August 23, 2009

The most widely- known type of partlet is an item of outerwear, like a shrug.  Another garment commonly called a partlet is similar, but often worn under a dress, to fill or decorate a neckline.  I’d just like to say here that a partlet is NOT a shirt that is split all the way down [...]


| August 23, 2009

A partlet is sort of a sleeveless shrug.  I use the word for two similar garments.  The first is as an item of outerwear, like my black partlet here: This partlet is made of a quite heavy coatweight wool, lined in oatmeal linen.  It’s one of my favorite pieces, because it really helps pull an [...]

Blackwork Chemise

| July 26, 2009

Ah, chemises!  I have worn many different chemises: Then, I made a wedding outfit for a friend, and it included, as an attempt to look more “upperclass”, a square necked chemise.  I really liked the look, and since new chemises are a constant in life, I decided that my next one would be a square [...]

Elizabethan Pair of Bodies

| July 26, 2009

My corded corset is based on the effigy pattern in Tudor Tailor and Patterns of Fashion. Like the original from Queen Elizabeth’s effigy, mine spiral laces up the front, has shaped back seams, and triangular straps.  I did shorten the front point, so it wouldn’t stab me if I sat. It’s made of two layers [...]

Hairstyle and Headscarf

| July 26, 2009

This is one of the most comfortable ways to wear my hair at faire that I have come across.  It’s period and it stays on all day while I’m dancing.  I learned this technique from the Tudor Tailor.  Here’s my version: Materials necessary: – Hair long enough to put into pigtail braids – Two strips [...]