Well, I can't remember who it was that originally pointed out here on the list...but about 1 year or more ago we had an excerpt posted from someone who was the equivalent of the fashion critic of the late 1500s. He had written some commentary about how people dressed, how they *remodeled* their clothing into current fashion trends, etc. I can't remember whose site it was on: Drea? Illaria? Cynthia? But basically he makes the comment that lower classes, in order to emulate upper classes and peerage, brought their clothes to seamstresses who took them apart and recycled them into different garments. This was known as Drizzling...I've discovered. Which is why I now call my little business Drizzl'r Girl's Shoppe. We remake things into other things useable. Remove lace off other things and put on newer things...that kind of thing. To me it caused a *lightbulb* moment when I read it. Sorta the *Well, no wonder there are not as many extant examples of clothing as one would expect to see besides portraiture! If I paid half a years' salary for a gown I would sure as heck re-use the fabric, trim, etc., for the next gown when it went out of style, too...."
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Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 2:08 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] Turning stuff into other stuff.
--- In SCA-Garb@y..., "Stella" <hecaba@i...> wrote:
> Interesting idea about the old clothing being turned into other
things. Makes sense. I had only thought of them being completely worn
out and then maybe becoming rags or good parts becoming parts of
other garments. Making a blanket etc makes so much sense!
Well, yes. One of my next projects is a set of braided-rag belts for
me and DB. Braiding rag is such an easy thing to do and so good at
using up otherwise useless scraps that I just have some issues around
believing NOBODY did it until the 1800s. Maybe they didn't make rugs
out of it, but surely it was done. I saw braided-rag belts at the
last Renn, snarked heck out of them (to myself, of course, not out
loud), then went "hey, that actually might have been okay"...
Unless this is contradicted somewhere.. but I've never seen it so..
can somebody set me straight if I'm wrong please?
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