Dear... er... *Monsieur* Meuryc,
((i hate this- i was brought up saying Sir and Ma'am to everyone, but
here if i say Sir or M'lord to be polite, i get swatted down.
Merde... Nevermind, though. i can always revert to French.))
Anyway. Wool makes me itch, too... But here's the nifty thing. First
of all, wash the H**L out of it when you first get it- twice or more,
with *hot* water. Then throw it in the dryer until it's niiiiice and
soft... you'd be astounded at how much less it makes you itch.
Secondly, it's a *hood*. Most likely it won't get all that dirty,
unless you're rolling in the mud in it... in which case i shouldn't
think you'd be too worried about how it looks, anyway. But since it
(usually) won't get too dirty, you shouldn't have to wash it very
often, you can pretty well line it with whatsoever you choose... I
used linen on mine- a nice medium weight finely woven linen that went
nicely with the color of the wool. Just keep in mind- if you line it,
and intend to dagg the bottom edge, be prepared to spend a great
quantity of time cursing the thing... i have *yet* to finish turning
the daggs on mine; i just can't make myself look at it.
Thirdly, color... IMHO, and as i've been told by several people,
hoods were made (in period) out of any ends and scraps that were too
small to do much else with. Thus, it doesn't really need to *go* with
your outfit, and most likely it really *shouldn't*. I made mine out
of a nice wool (from fabrics-store.com) that's a sort of tan/brown
color with a weird undertone of olive... I don't really know; it's a
singularly bizzarre color. But it works. Because i had about 6 and a
bit yards of it, so i made myself a nice full-circle winter wool
cloak from it, and the hood from the scraps, and lined the hood with
a pale lemon linen that i had lying about; it all worked quite
nicely. although i *did* have a huge fight with my mum about what
color to line it with- she eventually won because i realised that my
original (pale green) lining choice could be paired with some deep
blue to make a particolored hood for summery weather. Anyway. I would
think it'd be more appropriate (and more fun!) to *NOT* match the
hood, but instead to have fun and wear a different color.
And finally... When i made my hood, i put gores in over the shoulders-
helps it sit better, and looks immensely more tailored. But because
they were so small (only about ten inches high) i machine-sewed them
in... and it was really quite easy, once i'd got the hang of it. My
only pointer is this: if you're going to put the gores in the sides,
make sure that when you put the lining in, the gores are in
(basically) the same places, or it'll try and sit wrong. And if you
line the hood, don't line the liripipe, unless you intend to make it
reversible. And then expect to spend *more* time cursing the machine.
And it's perfectly period to piece the liripipe once or twice- i
looked at some pictures of extant ones, and they were pieced, or else
they were kinda short.
Ummm... i think that's exhausted my info on hoods, for the moment...
i have to go turn the daggs and topstitch, then sew the face opening
together, and it'll be done... i'll have to get pictures taken or