Monday, July 27, 2015

Medieval Veil and Wimple

The Historic Sew Monthly theme for July is Accessories.  This challenge fits perfectly with two of my 5 Goals for 2015.  One goal is specifically to accessorize more (as I really lack in all things to wear with an outfit), and another goal is to actually finish things.  So in order to both accessorize and make my medieval ensemble more complete, I made a very simple medieval veil and wimple.

Honestly, the hardest thing about this project was figuring out how to put each piece on.  I don't think I've got it quite right, my braids seem to be too big, and too far back, and I need better pins (my sewing pins aren't really long enough).  Also, I don't think my wimple is supposed to be so foofy looking. But all that can be improved with practice.

The Challenge: Accessories

Fabric: a very fine cotton muslin.

Pattern: none, though I got rough dimensions of each piece from Neulakko's 'How to Wear a Veil'

Year: to go with my red and blue medieval dresses, so late 1300's to early 1400's

Notions: none

How historically accurate is it? The material is cotton, whereas a fine linen (I think) would be more appropriate, but I am pleased with the drape and look.

Hours to complete: I only had to hem the sides, so about 5 hours for both pieces.

First worn: Just photos so far.

Total cost: I picked up the muslin for about $3 per meter, so only $5.

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