Little red riding hood

If I had to name my favorite garment for reenactment use, the competition between a good hood and a straw hat would be a fierce one. I made this one using fabric I bought at a medieval festival last summer; plant dyed hand woven wool. For thread I found some leftover buttonhole-silk I had used on a dress I made years ago.
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The pattern was made based on D10597 from the Herjolfsnes finds, or Herjolfsnes no. 66. I was lucky enough to have a comrade-in-hoods over for a medieval skiing-event this winter, and also copied the pattern from his hood, which gave me a good reference for size. I wanted to use this hood for 1308 -events, and therefor chose to modify the original Herjolfsnes liripipe. Other than that the Herjolfsnes pattern was good as gold, and my hood is cut on the straight grain same as the original.
Bilde uten tittelasdsdBecause the fabric was loosely woven (and quite expensive, as all hand woven fabrics should be!) I chose to double-fold the seams, with two rows of stab stitching at the edge.

Image from the  the Maciejowski Bible
Image from the the Maciejowski Bible

The Maciejowski Bible served an inspiration and gave visual guidance when I was modifying the liripipe. Here you see Ruth and a servant accompanying her during the harvesting of the wheat.

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I love how the liripipe makes a little tail! Before sewing it I had (for once) actually tried to make a “master plan” for my projects this summer; hood, purse, bag and cloak. Only the red hood came out as planned, but I’ll throw in the sketches for good measure!

Sketch / “master plan”
Sketch / “master plan”

For anyone interested I recommend the book “Medieval Garments Reconstructed” with enthusiastic joy! It has inspired plans for many more “hoodlum” -projects in the future 🙂053


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