really not too sure

So I want to wear my new dress for evesham this weekend, because as preiously stated my other dresses are either too old fashioned for c13th, or match the curtains in the kings tent.

But it needed something at the neck and cuffs. I really wanted to do something very elaborate that would take weeks, but didn’t have the time, so instead I decided to go for the quick and dirty option of embellishing the pattern of the brocade itself, with the plan to replace it later because I really do want to do the embrodiery I had in mind for it, and it really is time that’s the problem right now.

I didn’t have time to do anything with the cuffs, so I dealt with the neck. I used one of the big brocade circles. my original plan ahd been to cut the centre from one of the patterns, but I hadn’t been sure about what to do with the quarter medallions. Instead I just used the circular border, omitting the medallions.

ANd I’m really not sure about the results.

As you can see I haven’t embellished the very ends of the collar, as it’s meant to be fastened by the big heavy brooch shown, and I didn’t want that sliding around on the pearls – I’ve also started making my dresses with eyelets for brooches since mine are all quite heavy, so this saves wear and tear on the fabric. Basically all I did was outline each tiny circle with surface couching, sew a pearl in the centre, and outline the results with some gilt twist.

At first I thought it looked quite 1950s

Now I think it looks a bit 50s, but via Bombay stores (the big shop in Bradford where you go to buy Indian wedding clothes).

I’m not sure it looks very medeival at all, despite following the pattern of a medieval brocade.

It sort of reminds me of those eighteenth century prints that at first glance look like 1960s.

I’m really not sure I like it but it will have to do for the weekend.

~ by opusanglicanum on August 2, 2019.

12 Responses to “really not too sure”

  1. It’s great Tanya. Proper Medieval bling. xx

  2. Pearls seem to go with anything. I think it looks lovely,especially with the brooch x

  3. I like it. Maybe it isn’t really your style but try it out and see what folks think.

  4. I bet some medieval ladies did quick fixes when there wasn’t time for slow embroidery to meet a deadline. It looks fine to me. Besides, the neck is only a small part of the whole ensemble, dress and headgear, so it won’t get close attention. Wear it with pride and see what happens!

  5. Looks Byzantine. 🥰

  6. I see what you mean, but given the medieval propensity for piling bling upon bling, I’m quite sure that a lady of the period might well have done something similar!

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