We're slowly but surely cranking out more stuff for him for the upcoming war in the spring. We're both going to need plenty of clothing for the week-long event. He's up to here with shirts, and we're getting there on pants.
This red shuba, though, is his *only* court wear! That's no good at all.
|Radzivill Chronicle - 15th Century, via Sofya la Rus' website|
So, we're working on an opashen, which is a long (calf- or ankle-length) coat. It buttons up the front, and the sleeves are nearly as long as the coat itself, and slit in the front so you can put your arms through the slits. Opasheni were also worn without the arms in the sleeves at all, sort of like a cloak.
|via Anglesey's online photo gallery|
Here's a picture of one in the SCA, worn by then-king Vladimir of Atlantia...which I find utterly hilarious, considering how much he and Vasilii resemble each other. I really hope they meet at war in the Spring, and that I'm there to see it. "Hey!! You can't be the big blonde Russian, *I'm* the big blonde Russian!" And then the universe would implode. LOL.
Vasilii's opashen is going to be a soft, olive green "wool" (it's actually a somewhat loose and fuzzy microfiber, which looks and feels like wool, but without the price, the itchiness (I'm allergic), the weight, or the heat). I'm going to be using the brown faux-fur on it that I used on his shuba, as well as a gorgeous gold-and-black lightweight brocade we found that looks just smashing with the olive green "wool", in the trim and other little decorative accents. I'd like to try to find some really pretty, high-relief braid to use for the button loops and bars down the front, and I found some really GREAT buttons to go with the outfit, with the Russian double-eagle on them!
|♫ fabulous ♫|
I also have a surprise for him, but since he reads this blog....