Grace is finishing her grade 5 year. For her year end project she was assigned a project on medieval clothing. She knew right away what her plan would be. She called me and was excited to tell me she needed my help.
Last night she came over and we got her samples of leather (thanks Kathy), rough cotton, finer cotton, silk, linen, wool and hemp. She'll put them on her poster board with a write up on each.
Grace decided she would design, and we would make a doll outfit just like in a picture that she found during her library research. The outfit would complement her poster board presentation and write-up. The peasant outfit would be made of a long white light cotton tunic dress with long sleeves, a vest that laced up the front for warmth and an apron tied with a hemp twine belt. She also wore a wool scarf hat tied around her head for warmth. Grace chose the fabrics out of the various natural fibers. To make the apron a darker color, we even tea dyed the apron, just like they would have done in the medieval times. Also, notice the hand stitched hem. Grace did that to emphasize there was no nice sewing machines back in the medieval times. All stitching was done by hand.
I sure hope we get a good mark on the project. Grace seems to think that by adding so many authentic aspects to the costume, she surely will get an A.
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