It’s been just about a year since I made my first medieval dress for myself, a Gothic fitted gown out of dark teal linen. Now it’s practically the only dress I wear since it’s the most historically accurate. Here’s a picture of me and my husband at March Crown at Invocation. I’m wearing a hood on top.
With this type of dress, you have options for headwear. There are examples where women are not wearing anything on their heads:
And there are examples of women wearing just a veil:
And examples of women wearing a veil and wimple:
Or just a wimple:
There are various other examples of other headdresses, too. But these are the types I see worn most frequently in the SCA.
I’ve worn a simple half circle veil before, pinned to my hair underneath. It generally works well, but I usually have to use bobby pins to keep my hair up which are a) not period and b) very uncomfortable.
I wanted to have the option to secure my hair and veil better and also have a foundation on which to pin a wimple if I want to wear one. So, I did some Internet research and found something called the St. Brigitta’s cap.
I’ve been wanting to make one for a while ever since the tutorial I found on Katafalk. Last weekend I decided it would be nice to do some handwork, so I went for it. It took me the whole day to sew because I did it all by hand. I ended up doing the needlelace embroidery up the middle seam like on the original and in Katafalk’s other tutorial. I left off the embroidery on the band across the forehead since mine probably won’t be seen very often. Plus, I was ready to be done. 🙂
I’m pretty sure I did the embroidery wrong, but I’m calling it close enough.
Since making the cap, I have lost my veil, so I don’t have any pictures of me wearing it in full garb yet. That just means I’ll have to make another one!