The Wardrobe Project
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 8:04PM

This weekend I attended Atlantia's Crown Tourney. While preparing for the event, I figured out that I really do not have a persona-appropriate wardrobe to speak of. In my chosen period and place, not counting items that do not fit or are badly damaged, I have: 2 linen kirtles, one full-sleeved linen camisa, one straight-sleeved linen camisa, one wool jacket, one wool petticoat, two habitos, and my elevation ensemble.

That's it. My tranzados are filthy from wearing at Pennsic, two of my linen kirtles are too big, one kirtle is torn straight down the front, all of my other camisas have shredded into rags, and I don't even have proper stockings.

I am not a very good example of a costuming Laurel at the moment.

I've decided to embark on a full wardrobe project to fix this, and I pinky-swear that I will post about it extensively on the blog. I'm going to start with locating my persona in place and time (for those reading along - I know when and where I am), then look at wardrobe inventories and source images to get an idea of what someone of my persona's social standing would be wearing. I'll talk about fabric choices and embellishments and how to clothe a person rather than costume a persona.

Hopefully by the end of this little experiment, Beatriz will look like the minor noble lady that she is, and I will have a collection of clothing that makes me proud.

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