Friday, May 10, 2013

M3 2013 - day 9 & 10


So yesterday, since it was another misplaced June day and nicely cloudy in the morning, I wore my black denim pinafore with my grey tee shirt. I also learned that it is better to take my M3 pictures early in the day, before the sun gets high in the sky, since if it is up enough to find a way between the porch and the house, it makes some very odd bright spots... like on the skirt of my pinafore.
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Today it is forecast to be close to 90°F. One layer will be all that is bearable. I chose to wear my one popover dress that is very colorful. Because I do not like to wear these colors anymore, this dress will last a long time. It is made from an assortment of linen fabrics, and has hand embroidered acorns and oak leaves around the neckline.
This dress originally started out to be SCA clothing, years ago, and then I decided that since the very bright colors are irredeemably modern (our ancestors did have bright colors too, but the colors available in natural dyestuff look different than the modern chemical ones) that it would not make me happy to wear it for my historic recreation events. I then modified my dress to change the sleeves, and to add pockets. There were no pockets in Viking Era clothes, pockets hadn't been invented. Back then folks either tied their EDC (everyday carry) to their belt, or hanging from their brooches, or tucked stuff into belt pouches, (or all of the above)

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  1. Very summery, with the white hat.

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    1. that was my intent... that white hat is at least fifteen years old - I bought it on one of my trips to Berkeley, it is cotton crochet, and packs flat for travel. It also can be drenched with water, which feels very nice when the temperature is too hot.

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  2. I really like that bright colorful outfit! It looks perfect for a dreadfully hot day! 90 is too high!

    What an interesting fact about pockets, too. I am a big fan of chatelaines, but not sure when they got invented. It sounds like maybe Viking brooches might have been proto-chatelaines if not genuine real chatelaines!

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    1. I definitely would call the way that Viking women hung their tools from their brooches a form of chatelaine - there are archaeological finds with both decorative gewgaws like bells and charms, as well as small knives and needlecases...

      Here are some of my own "viking womens tools"
      http://www.fineartisanry.com/whimsey/whatpix/sewtools.jpg
      This is a brooch hanger, the large central loop goes over the pinstem of the brooch, and the various chains and cords that hold the tools fasten on the lower loops
      http://www.fineartisanry.com/jewelry/jwlpix/brchhngr.jpg

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  3. The sewing tools chatelaine is lovely! Before I retired, when I had to haul around tools like keys, a flash drive or two, adaptors for my Mac laptop to fit the various cables in various classrooms, and a protein bar, I thought about making myself a chatelaine!

    I still love the idea! And I found an interesting vintage chatelaine that I have considered wearing after I add a few chains to it and my current tools - keys, iPod, Tums, headphones, pliers, tube of saw blades. . . .

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