HSF #9: Black and White

A black hood for me, open style as in Fortune’s Wheel (the woman on the right with the pink hood and red dress), Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 22545, f. 192v (Fortune’s wheel). Guillaume de Machaut, A True Story (Le voir dit). Paris, end of the 14th century.

Reference: Herjolfnes 79 and London hood no 246

The plan: I have a 1 yard cut of black linen that I’m itching to use. I decided to line it in white, going with the theme, but I’m not sure how happy I am with it. I think it needs some color. I may add embroidery around the skirt and the face opening (there’s probably a word for that, but I can’t think of it right now) – I have some purple and blue wool in my sewing room that would be pretty. It doesn’t have buttons or buttonholes right now, because I plan to wear it open, but I’m still considering that. For now though, I’m calling it done.

Black hood laid out on my cutting board for visibility

Black hood laid out on my cutting board for visibility

The white lining. You can see the finished seam at the back. The top is on the fold so no seam there.

The white lining. You can see the finished seam at the back. The top is on the fold so no seam there.

The Challenge: #9 Black and White
Fabric: Linen/cotton blend
Pattern: drafted based on a blue one I made a few years ago, changed the fit (blue one was always too big) and removed the liripipe
Year: about mid 1300s
Notions: Silk thread
How historically accurate is it? Linen blend isn’t accurate, but I had it on hand and it’s cheaper than 100% linen. More in my budget range. Hand sewn everywhere. Overall I’d give it a B+.
Hours to complete: 6 I think. I watched the season finale of Once Upon A Time (2 hours), Game of Thrones (1 hour), and a half hour comedy show while finishing it off, and I sewed at least 2 hours yesterday.
First worn: Not yet. Wore it while watching the last 10 minutes of GOT, sitting on my couch.
Total cost: $10. Fabrics were remnants purchased years ago and hiding in my stash, my main purchase was the silk thread. I didn’t have any black silk thread.

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