The Lady Adventurer

Costuming shenanigans

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]