I’ve joined a new game on DoA “Welcome to Camelot”. By the rules I had to create a personality from the Medieval era and to sew one full medieval outfit representing this personality.
I chose the end of 13th century for my character, so I had to sew a cotta, a surcoat and a cloak. I decided to use violet-magenta color scheme for the clothes, even if this scheme was less common at that time.
I didn’t make a historical reconstruction but I was pleased to sew the cotta as it was usually sewn in 13th century – by hand 🙂
I made front and side gores on the cotta to flare the silhouette.
I also made 5 buttonholes on each sleeve by hand. This trick narrowed the sleeves.
The photo also shows that the cotta has a white lining to prevent stains on the doll.
I wove a macrame belt. The belt will be used to hang small bags and purses, and a knife as well.
I saw on an old picture how medieval peasants folded their skirts near a hem and then pinned the hem. Thus they got something like pockets. So, I decided to sew pockets on the cotta. This is not historically accurate, but I didn’t have such a task.
My Iplehouse EID Jessica in the finished cotta.
Because the character I chose is not an ordinary medieval peasant, her outfit had to be more elegant. So I decided to embroider her surcoat.
The surcoat was sewn by hand and has a white lining as the cotta has. A cord woven from sewing threads and threaded through the handmade eyelets is used to fit the surcoat.
I bought wonderful mushroom buttons in a bronze color for the cotta but had forgotten that buttonholes for mushroom buttons need extra length 🙁 Thus, I had to use bronze beads instead of those buttons. It turned out that the beads look wonderful and work great!
The cloak pattern is very simple. It’s a half circle with a hole for a neck at the center. I used bronze color nice buttons and a cord as the cloak fastener.
In Medieval era woman could not go anywhere without her head covered. She had to wear a wimple – a medieval form of female headdress, formed of a large piece of cloth worn around the neck and chin, and covering the top of the head. I sewed the wimple for my personality as well, but because it’s very simple, I didn’t take a photo.
I sewed and made other accessories such as a knife or a purse as well, they will be shown in the final photo.
According to my idea, my character is a thief. That is why, she cannot be dressed like an ordinary peasant woman. Expensive-looking clothes, in my opinion, will help her to deceive any guards with her respectable appearance. And this is a reason, she needs hidden pockets in her clothes.
At the photo session below, I took photos of the moment when my character escapes into the forest after she stole a small money bag.
Do you think my idea succeeded?