Designing a tunic for a sixth-century Anglo-Saxon

The tunic is the most basic garment of the early middle ages. It is also, however, one of the most challenging to research and accurately recreate. A series of unfortunate chances has rendered this staple garment almost entirely archaeologically invisible, and determining its fit, pattern, and style requires equal parts inference, guesswork, and experiment. This […]

Early medieval pillbox cap

I made two hats over the weekend! They are more than a little silly. But I suppose most hats are? The pattern is derived from a wonderfully preserved hat found in a settlement excavated near Leens, Netherlands, dating to the 7-9th centuries. You can read a detailed discussion of the hat (including a step-by-step breakdown […]

Turnshoes: from patterning to finished project

Turn shoes Step 1: Make the pattern and a fabric prototype [Materials: Canvas (or similar), pen/pencil, scissors] Create a sole: Spread out some canvas or similar tough cloth flat on the floor and trace around one of your feet. Try to be as precise as possible by following the contours of your foot very closely. […]

A Pretty Dagger, By Beardalin

So what do you do when you have your teeth in your foes throat but they wont take the hit? You need to shank them! what better tool than a pretty knife? The PD dagger is a fairly simple construction. I used a 3/8ths” fiberglass rod that was left over about 15″ is all I […]

PD Heater Shield, By Beardalin

This is a Dwarven inspired shield with images from the Hobbit, the dragon Smog, the Lonely Mountain, and an array of axes flanking the center. The edge is done in runes for Strength, Wisdom, and Enchanted Gold.   This shield is a plywood cored build, we started with a scrap of 3/4″ ply, cut to […]

Bound leather sword handles

Back when I was first joining Drentha in 2010, I would make leather handles by wrapping them with a long strip. This looked okay, but took a lot of leather (that also wasn’t always easy to get in a correctly-shaped scrap). Now that I have a bit more experience, my methods have improved, and I […]

Project Post: Ilsa’s Fitted Fighting Cotehardie

Hello, folks! It’s Ilsa, here, and I’m going to show off a tunic I sewed this fall. I’m bored with the basic gored tunic (makes sense, after sewing literally hundreds of them, right?), so I decided to explore some later-medieval silhouettes. First up, I tackled my own fantasy version of the 14th century cotehardie. It’s fun, fitted, […]