Starting off slow with this challenge -- my goal is to re-do my whole RennFest costume over the next month or so. I decided to start with a coif - a small cap designed to keep the hair clean and out of the way and which fits under a fancier hat, should one be available. My fancy hat is this not-quite-a-gable-hood I got this past summer (trust me, from the front it looks period).
While researching coifs and caps, I found that the majority were actually a single piece of fabric, laid across the head and tied onto a bun with a draw string, not actually two pieces of fabric, the way mine is constructed. However, I don't have nearly as much hair as ladies did then, so this achieves the look even if it isn't quite historically accurate.
The Challenge: #1 – Sew something from XX13
Fabric: lightweight quilting cotton left over from a muslin
Pattern: The Northern Coif, from the Sempstress
Year: 1513 (ish)
How historically accurate is it? Mildly - its hand sewn, but it should really be one piece of fabric tied of my head, rather than two, sitting on top.
Hours to complete: 1 - included fitting and sewing, it goes together quickly.
First worn: not yet worn outside my house
Total cost: free - I made it from scraps left over from other things