Saturday, November 5, 2011

Medieval hand spun and hand woven wool over dress

Awhile back I made a Medieval style dress for the historical recreation group I'm part of. It was made of my hand spun wool yarn, hand woven into fabric and sewn together into a tunic based on an extant piece from about the 1300's. I promised a couple of folks a picture if me in it, but it has been too hot in Arizona to wear it...until today. We had a cold snap last night, and an event today. I finally got to give it a go! I found it very comfortable, and quite cozy.

So for those of you who asked, here is a shot of me in the finished outfit. It is: a hand made wool over dress and linen under tunic. Hand braided belt, and a belt pouch of hand woven fabric with a bead work heraldic overlay. Shoes from Carved stone medallion from The only bits that aren't hand made on this ensemble are bits that you can't see...and I'm starting the research on those.

A wrap up of previous posts about this project is here:


  1. Such a lot of work went into clothing in the old days. We have it much easier now. Lovely ensemble.

  2. Having gone through the process, I am very very grateful for the wonders of Walmart. :)

  3. This is very nice, I just love your creativity. Very simple yet fabulous.