So, I created this blog a few years back with the goal to post things related to the history of costume, as well as history in general. I have now resurrected it hopes that I can document research, costume history, and my own costume constructions; as well as history in general to better contextualize the periods in which I am invested in.
A little about myself:
I’m a 30 year old student in UCLA’s MLIS program with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts. More specifically, I am in interested in 17th century print and material culture; especially with material related to costume history.
I have been costuming for 15 years, with a focus in historical costume construction for the past 13 years. I am an active reenactor across many periods of history– from 200 to about 1880 CE, though I find myself particularly enamored with the late renaissance through early modern period. I am a semi-active member of the SCA where you may know me as Sibylla de Haze (that’s pronounced hah-zeh for all you non-Germanic language speakers).
While I enjoy handicraft, handsewing, and constructing things according to the period; I am a firm believer in making things that make you happy. I enjoy using my sewing machine when I can, whenever I can, despite it being a modern invention. I hand-sew garments when I can, and aim to make things appear period by hand-finishing seams and hiding the sinful liberties of using a machine. Truthfully, wearing the finished product is what makes me the most happy; there is nothing quite like sliding on a garment and feeling yourself being transported back in time.