About the Seamstress

I am a college student at UNL pursuing a degree in history, another in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a minor in the classics, a minor in Latin, and a specialization in historical clothing design.

love to sew.  I learned how to sew on a treadle sewing machine at the age of eight, and really only sewed quilts until I was thirteen, when I finally made a sundress.  It didn’t take too long for my mom to convince me to sew a Civil War dress after that was finished, and the rest, as they say, is history!  Usually, I make historical costumes from different eras, but I also occasionally make fantasy costumes and regular clothes for day-to-day wear.  I hope some day to make costumes for Hollywood movie productions, but I still need to see where God will lead me.

I also knit.  If I am bored, or if I am watching a movie, I knit– often socks but also hats, gloves, and scarves.  I can also crochet, but it has been a long time since I crocheted anything but lace.  I like to weave on our loom at home, but since I am gone so much of the time, it is rather difficult.  Other hobbies include nålbinding, tablet weaving, and spinning.

I grew up on a small farm in rural Nebraska, and there my family raises goats, sheep, cows, chickens, and other fun animals, mostly cats.  We also have a llama, a hinny, and two mustangs.  I have three awesome younger brothers and an amazing mom and dad.  My brothers and I are all homeschooled, and proud of it!  If you ask me about my brothers, I can brag about them for hours.  I love them!  I currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and have many amazing Viking adventures!

I love God, and I believe the purpose of life is to bring Him glory and reach others for Him.  God has given me a wonderful talent for sewing, and I hope to somehow use that to glorify Him, someday.

Peace,

–Kelsey

Published on November 15, 2008 at 6:32 pm  Comments (13)  

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  1. I read your article on the viking gambeson and am very intrigued. I have a similar project in the works and have done some preliminary testing on how many layers I can manage. Yours is a more accurate historical recreation than I was planning, if only because my test samples indicated I can’t do much more than 9 layers without the whole thing becoming too stiff and unwearable.

    In order to make a more reasonable comparison, I was wondering if you would be willing to send me a sample of the fabric you used. I would be more than willing to send you an SASE to help defray the cost of the inconvenience. If you are amenable, please send me your address so I can forward the envelope.

    With admiration,

    Jay Hoffman / Alfred of Carlyle

  2. What a nice site…Just happened upon it, but how cool! We have packgoats here in Idaho, but I grew up In TN, where I am headed this week for vacation. We also travel together in NM and just got back from the warm SW sun. I will check back to see if you are writing here anymore soon!

  3. I recently opened my etsy shop Crow Call Weaving and saw your shop there as I looked around for common sellers, then somehow stumbled here on your blog a little while later. Very interesting and impressed with how well your business appears to be doing. Looks like I could learn alot :] Love the entry about gambison making, my fiance made his from faux leather and padding I think he will be so excited when I show him all the testing you did on it!
    Shining/Tricia

  4. Hail Seamstress! Wonderful blog, nice to “look through the key hole” as it were. I have always been amazed by European Middle age history and am looking into living history. The things you describe only reinforce my desire to find and join or start a local gathering of like minded individuals here in East Tennessee. Many Thanks Carly Tyrsword.

  5. I love the piece of anglo-saxon Tablet weaving you have on the 10-5-2011 Uncatorgorized page. Can you tell me where the pattern came from?
    Thanks\\Vickie

    • Hi! The pattern can be found here, under “More Anglo-Saxon Style Patterns”: You will need to download the GTT program to open and see patterns and threading diagrams, etc. I’m glad you like my band!

  6. I too found your blog while researching how to build a period gambeson. Found your article super informative and it inspired me to go ahead with my gambeson. However…I shake my angry fist at you for introducing me to fabrics-store.com! Pretty sure my wife thinks I have gone around the bend with all the linen I’ve been buying. I kid, of course. That shop is a fantastic find. Please keep entertaining me with your creations and your blog!

    Bogdan/Mike Atlanta, GA

    • I’m so glad you like my blog! Please post photos of your gambeson somewhere and share them with me when you’re done. I’d love to see it!

  7. I am trying to locate a sewing pattern (in multiple sizes) for the Swedish traditional Girl’s dress in blue and yellow. The blue over dress and the yellow apron. Mostly the “jumper style” dress. Any help would be most appreciated. This is for a Swedish American wedding next year. I have located woven ribbon trim (not exactly the ribbon I wanted, but close) and the appliqued daisies, but cannot locate a pattern for the dress. Any help would be most appreciated.

    • I don’t know about a pattern either, but I would think a very high waisted jumper or dress pattern for a small girl might be a place to start. The cummerbund and apron wouldn’t be hard to make without a pattern.

  8. As promised, I have photos of my own gambeson project. A couple of qualifiers. I chose a padded, Byzantine pattern as this is for SCA heavy combat and thus need the protection against blunts rather than sharps. Also, I abandoned the idea of handsewing as my skills are rudimentary at best. Challenges aside, I think it came out just fine. Now I have a gambeson and a sharper set of sewing skills. Thanks again for the push!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.357267721102300.1073741827.100004572255734&type=1&l=1467c3fb73

    • Thanks for posting! I think you did a fantastic job! I hope it does well for you in your heavy combat!


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