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.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Anya was so kind to help me with a couple of additional links to suport the idea that women were indeed wearing Hosen.
This is a biblical scene and the lady in the middle is wearing green hosen. They seem to have some form of pattern.

There is another picture out of the Trés Riches Heurs du Duc de Berry. February you can see it here:

It is quite possible that also the lady in the front is revealing her hosen, but the coloring is so close to skin tone that I did not consider it a definite. Anya drew my attention to the lady in the back of teh shed. There you can clearly see the hem of the hosen, the color of which is indeed the same as the legs of the lady in the front.

Appenrently there is also written evidence as Henry the VIII aparently ordered silken hosen for his sister. But that is a second hand statement. I have not been able to verify this, so far.

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