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Sources for Irish Re-enactors

A reviewed and annotated list of books for Irish reenactors and others with an interest in pre-modern Irish history

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Dyeing with Real Saffron

Dyeing linen with real saffron

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To Dye a Saffron Colour

Were the 16th century "saffron shirts" really dyed with expensive saffron? Or was it something else?

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A Few Arguments on the Subject of Saffron

Did they use saffron in 16th century Ireland or did they use a native dyestuff. Some arguments on both sides.

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Renaissance Celts?

Looking for information on Renaissance Celts? Read this and find out why there were none and why the terms don't make sense.

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On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish

Some Thoughts on Eugene O’Curry’s "On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish"

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Proof against the Existence of an Irish Kilt

There was no such thing as an Irish kilt until 1916. Has a kiltmaker tried to snow you lately? Read and find out the truth.

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A 16th Century Irish Linen Headdress

A 16th Century Irish Linen Headdress

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The Invention of Drawstrings and Pleated Sleeves

There were no drawstrings or pleats in the sleeves of Irish leinte. Read and find out where the drawstrings came from.

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A note on the term “Celtic”

Irish Celts? Find out why these terms are incompatible.

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Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer's measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business.

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A Needlelace Shirt

details of a needlelace shirt

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A Survey of Common Women’s Clothing 1660-1680

A survey and discussion of genre art of the period 1660-1680 in order to get a good picture in my head of the types of clothing worn by common women in this time period

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A Brown Wool Riding Jacket

Construction of a brown wool riding habit for wear as an 18th century traveling costume.

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A Quilted Wool Petticote

An article on quilted wool petticoats, worn for warmth in the 18th century, but also decorative. Also my attempts at replicating one.

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A Lady’s Habit Shirt

A look at a shirt for an 18th century riding habit.

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Thread (Linen) Stockings

The most popular material for stockings in the 18th century wasn't wool and it wasn't cotton. It was linen. Knit yourself a pair of thread stockings and be period!

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A Linen-on-Linen Doublet

Details of a linen and linen doublet in the V&A museum.

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The Effigy Bodys

A reconstruction of the bodys or corset worn by the effigy of Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

An overview of fashionable women's clothing in the Jacobean period, 1603-1620s.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Jacobean period

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable women's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Women's clothing in the English Civil War period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Men's Clothing in the English Civil War Period.

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