I'm working on putting together a new Turkish outfit for the upcoming 12th Night Coronation to be held in Portland. I made a new pattern with some muslin (went out to buy it for the purpose) and pulled out some fabrics that I bought many months back to create new outfits. This garment is the entari, an over-dress, which is generally only worn in the privacy of the home, not out on the streets to the market. There are several layers typically worn when going out, which can best be demonstrated by Mistress Agnes Creswyke, my former apprentice sister.
She posted these on her LiveJournal page some time back, so with great admiration for her skill (and with her permission, which you can view more photos at her flicker site here), I post these little thumbnails here:
So there is a brief overview of the layers, and where I am starting from. I also consulted with Mistress Laurellen's page of Turkish clothing construction. This generally gives directions for a loose overcoat, but the right measurements can also create this series of garments.
I already had the bottom layer, the long gauzy tunic, and I have actually made a chirka, the orange layer, but I wanted to start making the top-most layers.
I chose a thin, striped cotton fabric for the coat, lined with red linen. I have enough of the striped green fabric, but barely enough of the red linen...I had to flip pieces sideways and squeeze it in, and I'm hoping that it won't have any negative effects on the wearing, like sagging and stretching.
And now...the sewing begins!
Who Am I? And Why Am I Here?
Elewys of Finchingefeld, GdS, JdL
Barony of Aquaterra, Kingdom of An Tir
This is a place to which I may post my research, my experiments, my successes...and yes, my failures...for medieval re-creation and research on my never-ending quest to learn and revel in knowledge and experiences.
I am a lady of many times and many places. Currently using a 15th century English name, dressing in a 10th century Danish dress, and camping in a Mongolian round house. "Lost" doesn't even begin to describe my persona.