10th-11th c. Boyar Garb – Finished gallery



And here is the gallery of the finished garb. It was a pleasure making these.

The blog posts describing the process of making these is at Morgan and Elizabeth’s Garb page.

A list of everyone who has helped with this project:
Mistress Tigra
Mistress Shoshana
Lady Gwenneth of Dragons Ger
Theign Zhigmun’
Lord Domnal
Her Excellency Brigit
Lady Quillon
Lady Aldontza
Mistress Bloxom
M’Lady Cinsel
Lady Finola
Lady Elizabeth de Rose
Mistress Margaret Raedwulf
m’Lady Noemi
Lady Juliette
Mistress Golda
Lady Berkedei
Lady Gabriella
Mistress Dairine
Lady Catriona inghean Ghiricc
Her Ladyship Maria Isabel
Master Thomas
Lord Robert
Lady Ernin Na Beag Caomhanach
Her Excellency Isabel d’Estella

A huge thank you to everyone! And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


10th-11th c. Boyar Garb – Finished Under tunics


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The under tunics are finished! The embroidery is complete, the seams are embellished, and everything is assembled. Hooray! I’m sure you are dying to see some pics, so here we go…

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Morgan’s under tunic Elizabeth’s under tunic

If you are interested in the details of how this was done, please see the previous post about these undertunics.

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10th-11th c. Boyar Garb – Undertunics


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Since the last post, I’ve patterned the tunics, sewed the undertunics, fitted them, and fine-tuned the pattern. Sometime in the near future I will post an entry about patterning a Rus tunic (or at least my way of doing it). But today, lets talk about the undertunics. To refresh your memory, here is the male and female design. The undertunic is the orange layer with the red trim on both.

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Female Design Male Design

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10th-11th c. Boyar Garb – The Design


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female_garb_vasina2_cropmale_garb_vasina1_cropIt’s time for a new project, and this time, I’m going to try to document it all from the very beginning. So, first, a bit of a description. This garb is for Morgan and Elizabeth, the King and Queen of Atenveldt to be worn at Pennsic war. The main look of this garb is based on the illustrations from “Український Літопис Вбрання”, while the embroidery is based on extant pieces from “Древняя Русь: Быт и культура” and “Материалы по Истории Русских Одежд”. Most of the garb will be made of linen. Yes, in period, it most likely would have been multiple layers of wool or silk, but we live in the very hot Arizona, so much of our garb in the SCA is 2 layers of medium weight linen.

My Design:

Female_overallMale_overallThe female garb will consist of a linen undertunec (rubaha), a linen overtunic (navershnik), a silk round collar (ozherelya), linen veil, and temple rings on a tablet woven band.

The male garb will consist of a linen undertunic (rubaha) and a linen overtunic (svita).

Bellow are the detailed images of each element, along with the inspiration sources.

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Making a Povoynik (Linen Cap)



In period Russia it was customary to completely cover a womans head from the time she was married.  And this is still the case today in some rural Eastern-European regions!

A povoynik (podobrusnik) is a light fabric cap that is tied in the back.  It forms a sturdy base onto which other head-coverings can be pinned or tied, and is the necessary under-layer of any headdress, worn by peasants and princesses alike.  Prior to the late 19th century it was improper to be seen in povoynik alone, even at home, so it was always worn with “volosnik,” “ubrus,” “kika,” “soroka,” or “kokoshnik.”

A povoynik can be made of any type of fabric, and any color.  The front is often embroidered or decorated, and is typically left uncovered by the outer layers of the headdress.

There is a wide variety of ways to construct a povoynik, but the one I prefer is a very simple one with a round cap attached to a wide band of fabric.  The circle is pleated in the front and gathered with a cord or ribbon in the back. Here is a good picture what a finished povoynik looks like.

My pattern and progress coming soon…

Hello World!

Well, I finally have an arts blog… after long insistence from my good friend Elsa, whose blog, by the way, you should definitely visit.

Here I plan to post my previous and future project write-ups and how-to guides.  Anything from my experiences in patterning a kirtle or a viking, to my step-by-step process for making a pysanka egg, to my attempts in making a Novgorod-based leather purse, and many other projects.  I hope to help the artisans out there embarking on a new art form by providing the details/shortcuts that would have been valuable to me.

If you have any questions about the projects I post to this blog, please don’t hesitate to ask.