Introduction to the Challenge

This challenge is specifically set towards those that have not had the opportunity to sew a garment/object by hand. This challenge is NOT a competion, merely a place for new handsewers to document their progress and seek feedback and help, and to challenge themselves. Sewers that are experienced in hand stitching items will not be excluded, but this is meant as a chance for those with no experience in this realm to get a start.The Challenge I propose is that all persons joining the challenge pick a garment or object of textile nature, no matter how small or large, i.e. a pilgrim bag, a Coif or any type of hat, socks, flag, gloves etc., and have at least one form of documentation for its existence during the SCA time period. Acceptable forms of documentation for this project will be paintings/woodcuts/drawings with the desired object in it or a picture of the desired object.The challenge starts first of June and will end one year later. People can join the challenge at any time during this year. Those of you with handsewing experience are invited to follow the blog, and leave comments and feedback as the challenge progresses. The challenge is based in Drachenwald, but is open to all kingdoms.
If you would like to join the challenge (and the blog) please email me at to be added!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Greetings, my name is Alicia Ravenspure from the kingdom of Ealdormere. I thank you for this opportunity for me to try my hand at creating a garment completely by hand. I am an experiences sewer by trade but I have always relied heavily upon the conveyance of the sewing machines. I have made many dresses for my eldest daughter in the past and I have decided to make a dress for my youngest this time. She is two currently but should be almost 4 by the time this is all said and done. The girl in the painting i found looks to be in her early teens so I’m going to scale the dress down for my daughter but keep the rest the same. I hope that that is ok?


Anya said...

Oooh...A Cranach gown! How fabulous!

Gottfried said...

That sounds wonderful!
I think it is grate that you will be making your youngest this. From what I have seen in 16th century Germany the children where dressed the same as the Adults so this is quite fitting.