Saturday, 23 January 2016

Winter - I love it !

While many people are wrapped up in plastic and down puffer jackets to try and stay warm this winter. I am having no trouble staying warm at all in my 18th century kit. The coat, waistcoat and plaid and are all made of wool and both the coat and the plaid are Harris Tweed perfect for the cold Niigata winter !. The bonnet is a traditional knitted and felted one in lovat blue made in NZ and is one of my favorite items , I can not live without it !

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Scottish Bonnet

Many years ago I purchased from New Zealand a traditional Lovat blue knitted and felted woolen bonnet it was made by Eunice Fraser in Oamaru and has become my favorite bonnet for the colder months. As its winter now in Niigata City, I put it on when I get up in the morning wear it all day long then take it off when I go to bed. If you are looking for an authentic Scottish bonnet make sure it is knitted and felted . A big thank you to my friend David Maclean who found the pattern in the first place and convincing Mrs Fraser to make them for sale !

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

18th century footwear

While I usually wear 1758 shoes from Fugawee in the USA , which are either latchet or lace up shoes I have been thinking about making something lighter and cooler for the summer so have started researching the various types of shoes that were used in 18th century Scotland. By most accounts these lightweight simple lace up shoes lasted only about a month in regular use due to the rough ground. The type of footwear pictured below is an example of replica shoes or an artists impression on what they might have looked like. Some of my fellow Jacobite reenacting friends are helping me with my research and until I find more information I will not start making any at all. But to give you an idea of what they may look like I have attached some pictures below.