Garment for a future scale mail

Hi everyone
today we show off our latest project. This thick garment will serve as base for a scale mail armor.

the lucky owner posing with his new outfit

the lucky owner posing with his new outfit

It looks a bit like a gambeson with an altered pattern. And I admit it`s a bit speculative because we have no archaeological finds for garments on which the scales were sewn. All we have are several murals from Bulgaria and the Balkan region.

The armor our friend Stefan is planning on recreating is from the period of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – between 12-14 th. centuries. The garment you see is made of linen and thick wool. It`s not as thick as a gambeson, but it`s strong enough to carry the weight of the scales and thick enough to minimize the damage from a full strength sword blow. The pattern is based on pictorial sources from the bulgarian church Boyana(13. cent.) as well as murals from the serbian church in Nerezi and the greek church in Kastoria.

This is Stefan`s second scale armor project. His first work was a great success – he reconstructed a lamellar armor from the same period and location and had more then one chance to test the mobility, weight and protection qualities of his work. We are all proud to say the results were excellent. It provides very good protection while keeping you mobile and not weighting too much. Needless to say, we will be monitoring his work with great interest and keep you posted on his progress. 🙂

73462_10150118882769768_7045808_nA photo from our latest battle, with our friends from Chigot – medieval reenactments. Notice the lamellar armor on the left 😛

The Nobleman`s Shoes

Hi guys,
remember when I told you I was working on a special luxurious project? Well here it is – “The nobleman`s shoes” or “the christmas elf shoes” as we call them 🙂

These are exclusively nobleman`s shoes worn by both men and women from western and central Europe from the 12th to the 14th centuries. They`re custom made and one of a kind. The leather sole is 7mm thick, the upper is 1,1-1,2mm and the fabric is 100% pure silk. The edge of the upper is enforced with extra stitching and lining to avoid tearing in the fabric. The design and embroidery pattern are based on extant originals and studies on medieval footwear. For the binding stitch I used waxed linen thread, and for the embroidery and enforcing stitches I used cotton threads. The buttons are made of glass beads. The shoes` size is 40-41 by European size standards (6,5 t0 7,5 British sizes and 7-8 by american standards).

But the best part is they are FOR SALE
Call us if you’re interested.

Futhermore we take orders for custom hand made shoes – any design and decorations you like.


Nobleman suit up!

This is a reconstruction I made a few years back. It`s a nobleman`s outfit based on a mural from a 14th century bulgarian church in Dolna Kameniza, Serbia. The church is one of the best preserved medieval churches in the area and has beautiful murals.
The costume belongs to one of the men who donated the money for the temple.
My reconstruction is made of velvet and cotton, both available in Bulgaria at that time. I liked this coat because of the strange sleeves and the furry lining on the neck. I used fox fur and silver buttons.
The main reason I chose to recreate this outfit however was the guy`s long hair and beard. 🙂 He`s one of the few men in medieval murals with long and untied hair.

So I made the outfit, grew my hair just a little more and in summer 2010 I even visited the church. And that`s how we do things in Medievalisticals.


Medieval Mead Brewing

The tavern grounds at Cherven medieval camp.

Well, it`s the time of the year when we usually brew something. This time it`s mead. We`ve had the honey ready and waiting for months. Last week I finally found the time to brew some “medovina” as we call it.

Don`t forget to take out the white foam.

just some herbs










This is not the first time me and Viktor have made this type of drink. I think this is our third year in brewing. We have learned the method from our friends from Modvs Vivendi medieval society. They’ve translated it from some authentic medieval books.

So, here is what we did…

Take 1 part honey and 4 parts water, and put them in a large pot. Usually, that means a jar of honey and four jars of water. Stir the honey up, until it dissolves in the water. After a while, you will notice that there is white foam forming on the surface. Use a large spoon, and get rid of it.

Half the mead that we have brewed was made according to a German recipe. It makes medieval mead taste more like modern beer because the recipe includes hops and sage. We’ve also added some lime-tree (Tilia).

The second part of the mead was experimental. We used fresh and dried apples, cinnamon, cloves, and some dried fruit peals from oranges and lemons. Once the water comes close to boiling, put the herbs in, and let them sit for a while. After that, take the pot off the fire, and let it cool. When it`s cool enough to put your finger in, take some mead and mix a tea spoon of yeast in it. (One tea spoon is enough per 5 liters of mead). Remove the herbs, and put in the yeast solution.

After a few minutes, pour the mead in a fermentation container. We use plastic bottles of mineral water with home-made fermentation taps.
The fermentation process usually takes a little more than a month. After that, you can put it in bottles. We usually don`t manage to save any mead for later because we tend to drink it very quickly. So, if you have a gang of viking friends, don’t bother bottling it.

Now, the mead is fermenting quietly near my bed in large plastic containers with fermentation taps so that no air comes in to contaminate it. Sometimes, I open the containers to check the brewing process and taste the mead. So far, it’s awesome!


The fruity mead turned red, while the herbal stayed yellow.

The World’s Tiniest Medieval Turnshoe

When you have enough free time, you get bored and start testing your skills. I made these from scraps during the medieval festival in Sighisoara in 2012. As you can see, each of them is sewn like a regular authentic medieval turnshoe, with the stitches remaining on the inside. It was a bit hard to turn them inside-out but not impossible. Besides, it’s a great way to spend a lazy afternoon at the medieval festival.


Medieval Gloves – XIIth-XIIIth Century.

 So, I got some fine leather lying around and decided to make me some gloves.
I based them on images in the Maciejowski bible mainly.
Turns out the seam I used gives them a bit of a rough look.
I was pleasantly surprised that they keep warmth very good
The pattern is a mix of a historical one, and some tweaks here and there

Material: Fine leather, cotton thread. And they are hand-stitched.

The obligatory pics:

Teardrop Templar’s Shield XII-XIIIth century

A teardrop shaped shield.
Basis is made from plywood, then covered with linen and painted on. The edges are covered with rawhide


Linen Tunic XII-XIIIth Century

And another tunic. This one is completely hand-made, from 100% linen, with cotton threads.
I based it on a pattern of an Egyptian shirt from the early XIII-th. century(I think)
It turned a bit tighter than I expected, but nonetheless it’s very comfortable, especially during the summer.


Woolen Hood 14-th century


This is a hood made from 100% wool.  Machine sewed, and finished by hand. The dagging is also done by hand. It is based on a series of images, and a few finds, of the late XIV th. century.  It was the first such hood I made, and I have found it very comfortable and useful, even in modern day environment.

Woolen Tunic XII-XIV Century

 A simple XII-XIV century tunic. It is based mainly on pictorial sources
Material: 100% wool, with cotton threads
It is completely handmade.

So yeah, this blog will be mostly about historical clothes, accessories and food we make, as well as some event reports from events we visit.
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