The attic is a place dedicate to share my passion :costuming and sewing.I'm not a professional or expert seamstress,only the mother of young kids who love sewing.You won't find 100% historical costume,museum replica, perfection or extreme thing here.

I believe everyone who bring some goodwill can sew and enjoy it.The attic is an unpretentious place .I show my work, information and hope it could somehow inspired you.Feel free to leave comment or share idea.Be welcome and visit as much as you want.

samedi 19 juin 2010


A costume will be nothing without proper accessories.Here are a few I made for differents occassions.
Also know in french as a " chaperon avec liripe".In fact it's a hood with a long point that can reach the middle of your back and a short cloak that cover the shoulder.The front can be lace ,close ,there is many way to make it.This one was made for me for the winter , two layers of polar with a lining.My honey like it so much I decided to give him .I know simplicity have a pattern of it and many book on medieval clothing have some too .Very easy to do and usefull.

An elegant net made for a lady.I also find tiny version at the dollar store.It was my first try on this and I'm not completely satisfy.It's made from simplicity 5740.This one is made of a black cord and I sew whites beads on it.For best result,I suggest to make the pattern greater specially if you have long hair and to not use elastic.To best describe it , I will say it a great circle in which many lines are cross .Everytime a line cross another you make a knot and a bead or pearl if you wish.It suppose to only cover the back of the head.I also made a silver version with elastic but with long hair it stretch.You can make the net and fix it to a metal base.A good example to see if in the movie Ever after with Drew Barrymore , when the character of Danielle is going to the court to save her servant.It can give a good idea on what is possible to do .

This hat (simplicity 4059)was made for my honey to match with an outfit I never finish.The best picture I was able to take was on a lamp.It also have faux feathers and the brooch (which is mine)was an addition for the medieval wedding we went.Since it suppose to fit with an elisabethan outfit I guess the similar model offer in the book The tudor tailor by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcom-Davies will be better .

Every year when Gwenyver and I are going to the Fête médiévale de St-Colombant , someone is telling us we looks like nun.Why?Because one of us is wearing a veil.
In middle age , any lady doesn't matter her rank should wear something to cover her head.Only child have the privilege to not do it.This one is not historical but looks good.
I first made a band of fabric to fit around my head and another to fit from the head and pass under my chin.Both band are cross over my ears.A squarre made the piece that go under the chin and are attach on the side by snaps .The major piece is a rectangle great enough to cover the head and hang in the back.It is fix with pins to the band, one in the front and one on each side of the head to make the pleat you see or I add a gold metal circlet.
Idid not use any pattern , only my imagination to make it.The fabric is silk suede or satin (light fabric)I can't remember with an embroided chiffon .It's not historical but it do the job perfectly.

1 commentaire:

  1. And by "one of us passes for a nun", you mean me, right? :P
    Your veil looks very good; I would love to see you wear it.