Last week I spent a day researching and browsing historic costume on the web. I love clothing construction and love to dress up. My oldest daughter shares that love with me so we've gone to a few Renaissance Fairs together. We both think they are mostly cheesy but fun. This day was spent thinking about pirate gear.
My husband was surprised over the holiday that I chose to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He didn't think I liked action adventure movies. I had to think about it a bit. I don't like car chases and gunfights. What I do like is sword fighting - which usually comes along with great costumes. I also have a weakness for any movie that has someone wearing a cape on a galloping horse. My daughter and I were pausing the Pirate movie every few scenes to sketch in costume details in our sketchbooks.
photo by Chirstopher Murr
Some time in the next year I'm going to have to make a jerkin and frock coat for the very elegant (yet slightly dangerous) gentleman that lives here with me. Got the basic layer ready. He has no interest in being a noble RenGent but the pirate thing.... well.