DIY Authentic Mead Tutorial and Recipe from Cut Out + Keep. Perfect for Renaissance cosplay and the holidays. Top Photo: The Peasant Wedding, 1567, by Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There is more information about making mead from American Homebrewers Association here. For a site all about Mead, check out The Joy of Mead and their fastest and easiest way to make mead here. Some recipes take 2 weeks to several months to ferment and be ready to drink – so you can start now for the holidays!
DIY Medieval Dresses from Medieval Wedding Dresses. The above photos are of the “bliaut”, which “is a rich, full overgown made of fine silk, laced tight down the sides of the body, with long, hanging sleeves.” The navigation on this site isn’t great and if you click on a link within a post it may show up as a 404 error. If you stick to the sidebar you are fine and the links work. The dresses on this site are:
- Baid Kirtle and Gown. “The kirtle, the basic medieval dress, is cut in rectangles, and has long straight sleeves. It’s often worn with a fancier overtunic.”
- Bliaut. “The bliaut is a rich, full overgown made of fine silk, laced tight down the sides of the body, with long, hanging sleeves.”
- Cotehardie. “The cotehardie is another figure-hugging gown, this time with tight sleeves and a buttoned or laced front.”
- Houppelande. “The houpplelande is a later gown, long and full and worn belted above the waist. “
- Sideless surcoat. “The sideless surcoat is cut away at the sides to reveal a tighly-fitted undergown, and often shows heraldic colours.”
- Underwear. “A simple linen shift for women and a shirt for men.”
DIY Medieval Chain Headpiece Tutorial from M&J. 3 colored chain with a jewel in the middle. You could also glam this up with more beads and charms.