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Seven Ages of Britain on YouTube There are seven episodes.
If Walls Could Talk on YouTube There are four episodes and the start of each one has a bit about medieval living.
Clothing & Costume
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After discussing the evolution of the tunic we discussed the tunic patterns. We looked at some 3D shape manipulatives and discussed what shapes we would use to represent different body parts. Then we looked at these 3D shape nets because we are using a 2D pattern to make a cover for a 3D person! To get a better idea of why we needed different measurements and what they mean to our finished tunic we made small paper tunics (we used paper bags because they are sturdy). Then we took measurements for our tunic using the Making a Tunic PDF (found above). The measurement for the neck hole is a great opportunity to discuss how to find the radius once you have the circumference. Then we calculated how much material we needed to order for our tunic. We were able to work in history, math, art and problem solving all in a couple of hours!
Today we discussed hand stitching! For most of human history clothing was made by hand. The fabric was made by hand and all of the stitching was done by hand. To really understand history you have to experience it! Just talking about how long it took to make clothing doesn’t really mean much. We have to understand the process and do it ourselves to really see why the sewing machine was a blessing and why medieval clothing wasn’t sold off the rack like clothing is today. To try our hand at sewing we worked on a basting stitch, running stitch, running stitch with occasional backstitch, and a hemstitch. Most of our supplies were from Burnley & Trowbridge . We used black linen cloth, 35/2 100% Linen white thread, Bohin sewing needles, and bee wax. The black linen with white tread made it easy to see our stitches. We also had thimbles I purchased on Amazon (it’s nice to have several different sizes so everyone could find one that fit) but not everyone found it useful to use one. There are many videos and stitching guides online! Burnley & Trowbridge also sells The Lady’s Guide to Plain Sewing which is a useful little guide.
It didn’t take long for little fingers to appreciate how difficult it was to make clothes in the medieval period!
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Uppity Women of Medieval Times (adult book)
The Once and Future King (adult book)