Monday, June 17, 2019

It's All Good In The Hood: Drafting a 14th Century Closed Hood (Summer University 2019)

If you know me, you probably know I love hoods. They're probably my favorite thing to make and one of the most useful articles of clothing you can own in the SCA.

Before my first event way back when, I stayed up til 4am making myself a dress. I took along a Skoldehjamn hood I had made at one of the baronial meetings just in case, even though I thought that with the extra fabric I would be hot. I genuinely could not think of a reason to wear that thing. At the event, I wore it all day. A single layer of linen kept the sun off my face and didn't make me too overheated. I was a hood convert.

The very next thing I made was a fully handsewn hood based on the pattern by Katafalk. It was meant to have buttons but never quite ended up with them...even so, it sent me down a rabbit hole of creating hoods of all sorts.

Fast forward to last weekend at Juniversity: I taught a class on how to draft and put together a hood based on your own personal measurements. I had friends with smaller heads and with larger heads who weren't able to fit into "off the rack" hoods or hood patterns and it was their problem that inspired me to create this class, because, honestly, everyone needs a hood.

My basic pattern

Handout Link: It's All Good In The Hood: Drafting a 14th Century Closed Hood

Above is linked the PDF of my class handout. It has diagrams and instructions to create a basic 14th century hood that pulls on over the head, with or without a liripipe. I included bonus tips on how to
"raise the level" of your hood by cutting dags, adding a button closure, or embroidering an historically correct design on it. I would like to have a step by step guide with either photos or illustrations demonstrating how exactly to draft the pattern and to assemble the hood, but that is for another day.

Please enjoy the pattern and handout and let me know if you have any questions. I am very happy to give advice or insight! Feel free to contact me via my email!

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