It's no secret to any of my readers that my favorite costume interests lie with the early period, which I think of as from the dawn of humanity until the high Middle Ages. Today's crop of tutorials consists entirely of projects appropriate to early period costume.
- From Jenn Culler's blog there are two simple and fun projects.
- First, a tutorial on how to make a peplos dress that hangs more appealingly than a pinned sheet of fabric (what's called a "bog dress" in the SCA). The technique is not documentably historical, but also cannot be ruled out on the basis of archaeological finds.
- Second, there is a tutorial for making a Bronze Age Dress based upon a design suggested in this article by Karina Grömer, Lise Bender Jørgensen and Helga Rösel-Mautendorfer. The article discusses different ways to recreate the clothing of a woman buried in a Middle Bronze Age grave in Winklarn, Austria. (Other potential reconstructions of the Winklarn woman's costume are suggested in the article, for those who might be interested.)
- From opusanglicanum there's a tutorial on how to stitch the acanthus motif from the Mammen find.
- From Ragnvaeig's LiveJournal there's a tutorial on how to stitch the linked circles motif from the Oseberg ship find.
- And, finally, from Anna's blog, Anachronistic and Impulsive, there is good information on how to make ancient Roman garb for both men and women. Note too the current post where Anna seeks donations because she and her husband are in financial difficulty due to unexpected calls on their savings.
All of these projects would be good to work on during a hot summer, if it is summer where you live. Enjoy exploring them!