It's also usually a themed event. This year the theme is Landsknecht, on the road to war (Gulf Wars, in March). Landsknecht dress, or at least German-styled clothing in general, is encouraged (but not mandatory). Though I've sworn for five years that I'll never "go German," here is my first one, to wear during the day at the event.
It's based on the following two works by Diebold Schilling the Elder (Swiss, 1445-1485), and a couple of recreations I've seen online that I really love:
|Barbara Erlach and daughters,|
|In Nova Corpora|
The pattern is based on my usual cotehardie pattern. It's rectangular construction with inset gores, and only the neckline and sleeves have been altered. (The sleeves are short because I'll be wearing a pair of over-sleeves with the dress for part of the day and working with my hands for most of the rest of it; they're cut as modern sleeves with the seam under the arm instead of behind it, which I did for speed as much as for the slightly baggier look they give to the shoulders). I would really have liked a fuller, longer skirt; but I only had so much fabric to work with.
A close-up of the front lacing after completion, during a test fit.
The lace is a silk twill tape from a stash of vintage notions I received from a friend several months ago.
There are no hooks or loops or holes for the lacing; rather, a thin, double-fold cotton bias tape is attached inside the edge of the front opening. The bias tape was attached with line of decorative chevron stitches (machined) that run down the entire front opening edge, with gaps in the stitching to form loops in the bias tape through which the twill tape is threaded.
I was originally going to close the vertical slit with buttons or a hook; but I didn't have anything in my stash that wouldn't interfere with the belt I was going to wear with the dress.
(Sorry, the stitching looks horrible from the inside. On the outside it's nice and even, and practically invisible on the gold linen).
With my newest Caerleon sleeves...which I made like a year ago and never posted to the blog. But I kinda love them. :)