To start off, here are a few little hints about how I sew
- I will also put sewing for other people above sewing for myself
- I am incredibly frugal and use every last bit of scrap out of the material as I can.
- I always make my own bias (always)- I also like making bias in bulk.
Currently I have probably close to 30+ hours into outfits I am doing for 2 other people, which need to be done by this weekend. In addition, I have not really had a new dress in 15 months AND some of my go to dresses are looking a little worn (to be fair they are 5+ years old), so I am also trying to finish a new dress for myself.
When working on 3 completely new outfits (each with the appropriate headgear) in under 1 week it makes sense to plan them in a way that you don’t have to make 5 different colors of bias tape and you don’t have to change your bobbins a million times. (rule #3)
Because of rule #2 combined with rule #1, I basically cut my dress out of the scraps of the other garments I am working on at the time.
Now I find modern “His” and “Her” “I’m with —>” and other matching outfits just as horrific as mullets on damn near anything.However, when it comes to medieval sewing, it makes financial and time saving sense.
For these outfits I was able to cut bias out of 1 yard of fabric for ALL 3 outfits. I was able to use only 4 thread colors ( including on the appliques). I only needed to get 2 yards of additional black fabric (instead of 3 or 4) to make my entire bliant, as I used the scraps from the hosen I made for one of the other outfits.
The only thing I purchased solely for my outfit was 1 (only 1) yard of a coordinating fabric, simply to set my dress apart a smidge.
Just because my outfit matches my consort DOES NOT have any hidden meaning or intention other then I tried to use every last bit of fabric I could after I made his new fighting outfit. – do not read into them other then they are in fact new outfits. I also currently do not and will not, check what my consort is wearing that day in order to match or not match. If we end up wearing outfits cut from the same cloth ( literally) then we have matching outfits. I will not completely rearrange what I am wearing in order to appease a modern mindset. In reverse, If we wear outfits that clash ( which we do more often then not due to my love of orange), then we clash.
In addition, I CHALLENGE anyone out there to prove to me that this was not a medieval practice.
My Thought process on that:
When making Braes I can get 2 pairs out of 2 yards, I cannot get 1 pair out of 2 yards. It takes 2.5 yards to make 1 full length tunic for my consort but 4 yards to make 2. I could only imagine that when fabric was ordered for a medieval household, that they would in fact do a similar form of math, trying to get as many outfits out of their fabric as possible. I would also imagine they would have a tendency to go towards their heraldic colors- which I did with both these outfits.
As part of my P.S.A, I implore you to NOT give seamstresses, consorts, or fighters a hard time about matching outfits– Yes they are historically accurate, Yes they are easier to sew, Yes they are a time saver when sewing numerous articles.
Making derogatory or joking comments about matching outfits (mine or others) is a surefire way to be quickly removed from the list of people I will do favors for.
Instead- compliment the hard work and appreciate the medieval ambiance their outfits create.