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Gothic Fitted Dress by silverstah Gothic Fitted Dress by silverstah
Fitted laced cottehardie made of steel grey wool flannel, lined with navy blue linen. Hand-bound eyelets at sleeves and front lacing points. Hand-done embroidery around neckline. The belt is made of blood-red duiponi silk. The veil & wimple are of cotton gauze. The belt has since been replaced with a sturdy leather belt. Forgive the skewed veils - it was very, very windy that day. ;)
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Erzsabet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely! I love the colors you used as well.
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silverstah Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  I really wish it still fit - I need to make a new one! 
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DaisyViktoria Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Beautiful!
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silverstah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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ElegantlyEccentric Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is really gorgeous.
So few people make medieval costumes, especially when compared to the quantity of renaissance-inspired work that's out there.
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Very cool picture. :)
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silverstah Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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lamagamorgana Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
wow, Lady Marian :3 nice!
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :)
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Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
It looks comfortable. Like normal clothes, rather than like a costume, if you understand what I mean.
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silverstah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! That's how I approach my costuming - this stuff DEFINITELY takes a lot of use and abuse, and I work hard when I wear this stuff... so it has to be comfy. :)

cheers!
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danceswithhuskies Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This reminds me of Braveheart for some reason, I love it!
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silverstah Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! :)
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PunkedAnna Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
Very nice! Simple and clean. :)
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooh, very nice. I love medieval-styled gowns. :D And I admire you for all the handiwork. I would have refused to hand-stitch all of the eyelets. ><
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silverstah Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

The eyelets actually went pretty quickly - I did them in front of the TV and sitting in Starbucks, drinking coffee and chatting with friends. I like to have something to do with my hands when I'm just sitting around, so it's welcome work. :)
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silver-zaira Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006
Wow I love this!
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ohnojaylo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
I love this well made garment! I only wish you had included some detail shots of the embroidery and hand bound eyelets! Perhaps you can edit this and submit with a collage? That'd be great!
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lynx-the-ranger Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! Fantastic work!
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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racehorse87 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic ensemble! I aspire to such skill. :D
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It just takes practice - you should have seen my first attempt at a bodice. ;)
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racehorse87 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure it was lovely. :p

Whenever I find time I will keep practicing! I'm actually starting to think about trying to take some sewing/textile classes at school for fun, even if the credits won't be too useful. :D
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work! Nice shot on top of it. Is the woman wearing a dress a squire or knight's apprentice then? (red belt in the SCA means one of those two positions, can't recall which) Though if it's been replaced by a leather belt, nivm. Looks beautiful...sure wish my garb turned out as nice! Kingdom of Northshield, Shire of Rokeclif by the way.
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Stick with brown or black and you'll be fine. Yellow and Orange are fine as well. I'll explain some hints to remember by later...have to go /now/!
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

Nope - I'm not a SCA fighter. At the time I wasn't aware that there was a signifigance to a red belt - and honestly, just about every color belt means SOMETHING - it's hard to wear a belt at all without saying something. I figure as long as I stay away from white, I'll be fine. ;)
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Laerad Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
Again, bugging with questions... How many gores ? and where did you start the flare ? At waist level or higher ? Fully lined ? I see lining on the sleeves, but how about the rest ?
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Four gores - front, back and sides. I tend to do a lot of running around when I'm in garb (either working or.. well, working .;)) so any more of a full skirt and I'd be grouchy. ;)

It is fully lined in linen - for this style to be self-supportive, you need to line at least through the torso. There are folks I know who line only to the knees or so - but I figure that if you're going to do that, you may as well line the whole thing. It's fully fitted through the torso, so the flare starts at the waist.

Hope this helps!
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Laerad Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
yep, it helps a lot ! Thanks ! Last question... does it have an underarm gusset ? Are the sleeves fitted pretty much like a modern shirt, or does it have the inset shoulder construction in the back ? Your sewing projects are much more advanced than mine... Dark age clothes are a lot less tailored.
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
The sleeves are what gave me the most problems - and I'm still trying to find the perfect sleeve pattern. I did not use a gusset in this one, I followed this method:

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I still need some work on it - sleeves are hard. ;)
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choirgirl7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
Lovely dress. It looks very well made! But doesn't "Gothic" really refer more to the 18th Century?
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope - Gothic is commony used to describe things from the high Medieval period: [link]

:)
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choirgirl7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
My bad...you're right!
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BraveAnimal Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love these simple dresses.. Just nice and plian but fitted, minimalistic was always `in`.
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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srulia-nialo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is gorgeous! And hard work, I know from experience...you did an excellent job! I wish I could see the embroidery close up. Are you in SCA?
:)
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Next time I take photos I'll be sure to get a good shot of the embroidery, although it's pretty simple. :)

I am in the SCA - Kingdom of Atlantia, Barony of Windmaster's Hill, Canton of Buckston-on-Eno. :)
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srulia-nialo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well no wonder you sew so well, all the info that I have found so far has been from your Kingdom! I am in East Kingdom, Shire of Eisental...I am not yet a member though, this is my first year. My daughter's boyfriend introduced us to this! It is a pleasure to meet you!
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a pleasure to meet you, as well!

Yes, we are *terribly* lucky here in Atlantia, to have such a wide array of talented folks who are happy to share information. Just in our little Barony alone we have folks who are proficet in a wide variety of periods and cultures.

Welcome to the SCA! :) If you ever have any questions or want to bounce an idea off of someone, please feel free to drop me a line. I have tons of bookmarks to some great sites with a ton of information. :)
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srulia-nialo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much! I've found everyone in the SCA to be very helpful with garb, even the period-nazi's calm down a bit when they find out you're a newcomer. When we went to Pennsic, if you told them it was your first time, they went out of your way to make you feel comfortable. Twas wonderful!
Right now my dilemma is tie-on sleeves. I have the rings, and altered a pattern to make the sleeves, but I'm stumped, some show the sleeves open in the front, some in the back, some are two part, some are one piece....very confusing. I'm guessing it's open to interpretation. I havent found too much info on it, if you know of any resources I would be so grateful! :hug:
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
What period and culture is the dress you're working on from? Sleeve styles varied greatly based on where and when they're from. :)
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srulia-nialo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
irish, maybe 15th century....the bodice and dress are made, over a leinte (is that correct), and I can wear it without the sleeves, it looks fine, but I like the idea of the added sleeves, it's just so confusing, I guess a lot is open to interpretation, or function....
This character would be middle income, not a servant and not nobility, maybe a merchant's wife or the like...
the dress is out of brocade, monochrome color on color, no trim as of yet, although I did fall in love iwth some of the trim on you site! :)
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
From what I remember, there isn't too much out there about Irish clothing - the most commonly reproduced gown is the 16th c. Shinrone gown:

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Hope this helps. :)
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DeathInWords Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
Very nice work! :)
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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DeathInWords Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
np! :)
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice work. In Phoenix it is hard to work with wool on anything. :D :D
Blessings,
Pegs
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silverstah Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

You might consider looking into tropical or summer weight wool - I use that for my summer stuff, and it breathes WONDERFULLY. This is a terribly important quality for 95 degree, 85% humidity summers here in NC. ;)
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Ylwa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really nice dress :clap:
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silverstah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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