Söderköping’s Medieval Fair 2015

This weekend it was once again time for the annual medieval fair called “Söderköpings Gästabud”.
And just like last year I talked my sister into going with me, to watch and help with the dance recital.

And of course she needed something to wear…
So after a week of intensive sewing we were finally ready for the fair.

20150829_134702_resizedSis and me in our Medieval garb:
Blue Burgundian (24 hour) dress, and green wool cotiehardie

Once at Söderköping we hurried to find the rest of the dance team to get some last minute practice before we were to perform.  IMG_8308

My sister also got to partake in the dancing (even though she only watched the performance once before, (a task she performed perfectly, of course).IMG_8307OMG – how I’m I to keep my hats on while dancing?”

IMG_8314Medieval dancing…

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IMG_8311Othilia and Maria (sis) catches their breath after the performance.

Since we then had a 3 hour break until next dance-performance, me, Clara and Maria headed of on our own.  IMG_8330

 First stop, “Jofotex fabrics” – the by far best fabric store in our area.IMG_8327“Price the lords for fabrics”

You could clearly see the influence the Medieval fair had on the store (and the well dressed clientele), with special prices on wool, linens, and everything slightly medieval. And the staff didn’t even bug an eye at our walking in in costumes.
IMG_8319A for effort but some what lower scores for historical accuracy…

Once again out of the store, somewhat poorer, (I bought some lovely ivory lace and fabric for a new skirt to my 17th century bodice) we headed back to the market to see everything. We found:

Knights practicing their fencing.IMG_8334

IMG_8337Maria and Clara listening to lovely music. 

Knights and horses.IMG_8341

And a coffin…IMG_8346

IMG_8348The town of Söderköping really is the perfect place for this kind of events, with the rivers, cobblestones and old houses it looks so beautiful.IMG_8351

I managed to get some pic of the new gown:IMG_8354

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The market place lay beside the old church in the middle of the city.IMG_8374

There was lots of great things to shop for any historic/fabric nerd:IMG_8367Natural Furs

IMG_8370Colored furs – note the leopard and zebra colored ones.

IMG_8369Ribbon bonanza

IMG_8372Linen fabrics

IMG_8368Silk and velvet

IMG_8371And of course rows and rows of lovely wool.

Then we returned to the place for or next dance performance just in time to enjoy a great band playing medieval music.IMG_8376

IMG_8377Karin and Dan relaxing in the grass enjoying the music.

IMG_8381Sis in a sea of dress.

I didn’t get any pics of the dancing itself (since both me and my photographer was dancing), but it went really well and we had lots of folks looking and clapping.

Afterwards we had some final chat before it was time to say goodbye for this time.IMG_8386

IMG_8383The musicians Lena and Eric and dance master Sievert.

IMG_8387Maud and Othilia having a cozy moment.

IMG_8392Karin and Solveig both looking great in their dresses and headwear.

IMG_8397And that’s all folks…

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Regency dancing recidal

This past weekend, I joined up with the local historic dance group for a regency dance recidal. The city celebrated “The day of Dance” and we were invited to perform some of our dances.

I wore my new yellow regency gown – which I just finished the same morning.And combined it with a new straw bonnet, fishu and white evening glowes.

The weater was sunny and everybody had dressed to the teeth in their finery.IMG_9083I love Annas parasol – one day I will own my own.

IMG_9081Clara and Anna posing prettily with shawls and staw baskets.

We spent some time walking around the city, awaiting our turn to enter the stage.IMG_9111

IMG_9109Jan and Soleveig.

IMG_9090Me and Calle awaitning our turn in the heat. I was glad I didn’t needed to wear one of those thick wollen frockoats.

Then it was our turn to enter the stage.IMG_9094And since I’m pretty new to regency dancing I can’t tell you the name of the dances (and seartanly not tell them apart in photos), so we will just have to pretend to know whats going on.

IMG_9093Gentlemen in the middle.

IMG_9104Premiere doing a center cross.

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“Sellingers round”IMG_9101

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Since we were uneven, at least one lady had to rest, and sometimes more depending on the dance.IMG_9098

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“Jenny pluck pears”IMG_9099love the elegance in my pose in this picture…

When the dancing was over we meet up for a quick summer goodbye, before we hurried of in different directions.

IMG_9087Some of the dancers from our group posing for the turists (and my camera).

My dress hold up suprisingly well, and I feelt rater good in it. I think it will have more outings in the future.

It was such a lovely event and perfect day, I didnt even thought about the sun baking my nose and upper arms all day – well, I did descovered it later that night though…
(I will never attend a costuming event without proper sunscreen again).