I do sewing both in the SCA and mundanely. In the SCA, I am particularly interested in Russian and Italian garb, because my persona is Russian, and Antonio's is Italian. Mundanely, I sew to make regular clothing, costumes, and also quilting.

Here is some of my work:


This is an Italian gown I made for the daughter of a friend. They are new to the SCA, and wanted Italian personas. The mom (in purple on the side there) bought a used dress, but we wanted something for the little girl. So I got to make a gown. It is all made from leftovers from other projects, the blue satin for the underdress, the green taffeta for the overdress skirt, but the velvet for the bodice and sleeves was actually hers. It was actually very easy to make, done in a day (the virtue of working with small measurement). She wears it very well, and I am looking foward to making some more outfits for her.

This is a Russian outfit I made for Yule. It started out as the "Big Quintavia Cote" because I only had about a yard of two different fabrics, the cream and green, that were the same style. So I decided to do a partied kaftan, and the Quintavia colors are white and green. But it needed some trim fabric, and I had this great cranberry damask fabric laying around. Add real pearls, gold cabachons, about 10 yards of gold braid, and a gold satin lining, and it became a Yule Cote, or as I call it "Big Russian Christmas Ornament". The rubakha for underneath it is yellow linen and the same cranberry damask. It is going to be getting it's own trim in due time, and is meant to be able to be worn alone in warmer weather. After all, you can never have too much trim or too many pearls. And it has a hat, of course. Because it's all about the hats.



This is my Russian court garb. This outfit would have been worn by a noble in a ceremonial capacity, because of the rich fabrics and furs, and the embroidery.

The sorochka or rubakha (tunic) is white satin (to approximate silk), with narrow sleeves, a centerered keyhole neck, and a high collar. The collar is embroidered with stylized griffins in purple, red and silver. The collar is held closed by two hand-made frogs of red (pseudo) silk cording. There is a red satin sash for the sorochka that is about 10 feet long and wraps around the waist several times before being tied. I also wear a plain linen sorochka as an underlayer. I also sometimes wear Turkish trousers called salwar (mostly because they are extremely comfortable, and look very similar to Rus trousers when tucked into my boots).

The kaftan (or opashen, a slit-sleeved coat) is made of a purple damask with a tone-on-tone scroll pattern, and lined with red satin. The fur trim on the cuffs and collar is real rabbit fur. The frogs holding the sleeves and front closed are hand-made from braided cording. The sleeves can be worn either open or closed, or with the arms through the opening at the elbow, leaving them hanging. The kaftan is open completely in the front, but can be closed with the frogs to the waist. The kaftan and the sorochka are both trimmed with a commercial ribbon trim in red and silver.

There is also a shapka (rounded hat) made of the same purple as the kaftan, and also trimmed with white rabbit fur. Eventually, I plan on adding pearls to both the hat and the kaftan to embellish it even more.

Patterns for these can be found here:
sorochka (another pattern for a rubakha), kaftan, salwar (Turkish trousers), and the hat