Archive for June, 2010

This is it!

June 26, 2010

Ok, so Robbie’s vacation starts in two weeks, think I can finish the outfit until then? Well that’s the goal right now. In two weeks I need to:

  • Finish fastening the lining in the back of the pet-en-l’air
  • Finish the trimming on the pet-en-l’air
  • Make the stomacher to the pet-en-l’air
  • Finish the buttons to the stomacher
  • Finish the second pocket hoop
  • Make the petticoat
  • Make an under petticoat
  • Finish the shoes
  • Finish the shifts

I also might have to:

  • Adjust the stays – the front tab stands outfit a little too much because of the coiled up plastic clothes line I used as boning…

If I really put my mind to it, I know I can do it… But my mind doesn’t really work like that, I’ll have to work even if I begin to despise the very thought of the whole project. Give me strength! I really do want to finish it! =)

Traces of textiles in Swedish supplementary law 1644-1794

June 18, 2010

A fellow larp:er and costumer, Adam Norman, has just finished a paper on textiles in Swedish supplementary law between 1644 and 1794. I am sooo excited to start reading it!

Unfortunatley it’s in Swedish, but this is the abstract:

The purpose for this paper has been to study the clothing as it appears in Swedish supplementary law between the years 1644-1794. The author have been studying the original documents and comparing laws from different years with each other. Old names of textiles have been explained, as far as have been possible. Through the study we can see how the laws first regulated the nobility, but quite quickly spread to burgess, the priesthood as well as the common people. There are some great differences in what the different classes were allowed to wear. The supplementary law both deals with the fabrics , the decorations and the cut and construction of clothing. In the laws we can see that the Swedish state introduced exact models of how the people should dress in the mid-18th century. The laws shows us what the government wished for, and not the absolute reality. In order to see how the laws were followed we must examine court orders and perhaps even art.

As soon as I’ve read it I’ll try to write a little summary, or something like it! ;D

For you Swedes, you can download the paper from Adams blog, here.

Adam in his 17th century garb

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