The Artemisian Costuming Challenge

I am making an outfit for the Artemisian Costuming Challenge.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why did I try hand sewing this again?   This is taking forever and I have not even started to finish the seams. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Here is the body in half at the neckline.  I have the gathers done on the tops of the sleaves, but I think it needs more gathers to help the arm fit in the armhole.  I will get more pictures of that also.

I have my linen out and am cutting.  The pattern comes from Janet Arnold  "Patterns of Fashion 4"
1659 Shirt.  I choose this one because it has a simple gather at the cuffs, shoulder and the collar.
I don't have time to do blackwork on this smock with the holidays coming up. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Life is slowing down a bit, now I need the motivation to get going with my project.
I'm starting my smock made from white linen.  It will be pleated at the neckband and cuffs.
Ok, let's get cutting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

History on the Landsknechts:The first Landsknechts were recruited on German soil was in 1487 by Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.  These initial soldiers were recurited in relation to the creation of the Swabian alliance (1487-8) to keep the powerful princes of Bohemia and Bavaria at bay. Maximilian I had to have an army in order to uphold his claim to the Burgundian legacy of the Netherlands and of controlling his future territories in the east. . Maximilian owed a lot to the success of his Landsknechts to the Lord of Mindelheim, who assisted him in the Landsknechts organization.  Georg von Frundsberg, is regarded by many as the true "father of the Landsknechts".

Landsknechts typically came from Swabia, Alsace, Flanders, and the Rhineland, but ultimately the regiments were made up of men from all parts of Europe.
The part of the unit that I'm intersted in were the Tross. Members of the Tross were made up of women, children and some craftsmen.  The Tross were the camp followers or "baggage train" who traveled with each Landsknecht unit, carrying the military necessities, the food and the belongings of each soldier and his family.  How they set up camp, cooked and moved from site to site is where I'm at.
I've found many woodcuts from which I'm taking my inspiration from.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Stash of Fabric

Tonight I went thru my fabric and found the wool I was looking for.  Also found the fur I for the gollar.
The white linen needs ironed, but I can handle that. 

Sunday, July 31, 2011


After spending the afternoon looking at my fabric and woodcuts, I've decided on a Kampfrauen dress.
The Hemd or shirt will be white linen that I already have.  Not sure but I might have linen for an underdress also.  The Kleid or dress will be made of wool, dark green from my stash.  I want to do the banding with slashes on the dress, and I have a red for that.  The Gollar or cape I have some fur, someplace....
The hat is a must have.  I already have the base, maybe I will felt my wool after I card it.
Shoes, I have just started making some.  This will be fun.