Tatiana's Fancy Schmancy Early Period Garb

Updated 25 May 2009

The following information has been posted on behalf of Her Excellency, Viscountess Tatiana Nikolaeva Tumanova, OL. Please contact her if you have any questions.


Here's a run-down of my early period fancy garb:

Rubakha the same rubakha worn under the late-period fancy garb.

Dalmatica rough woven red (cinnabar) silk with woven trim in gold and green w/gold. Round neckline with a straight-cut yoke turned to the inside, cut on the period pattern with front and back one continuous rectangle, straight rectangles for sleeves, and four rectangular side panels (two per side, no underarm gusset). Belted on the outside with a woven gold trim belt -- not actually shown here, I couldn't find the belt so I just wrapped some trim around the waist. The actual belt is heavy fabric doubled and covered on one side by the same red silk and on the other with the same woven gold trim as around the neckline; hand-sewn "button holes" and a plain rectangular buckle.

Dalmatica with ozherelya woven gold fabric with acrylic gems and artificial pearls over two layers of buckram and lined with white linen, fastened behind with gold cord loops and Chinese style gold "buttons" made from knotted cord. Outer edge has been stiffened inside with the addition of a line of hatmaker's wire and weighted in the front and back with two dressmakers weights attached to the buckram this stabilizes the collar, keeps it lying flat to the back and breasts, and prevents the wind from blowing it up in my face when worn outdoors. My first effort and it looks nice from a distance but pretty cheesy up close; however, the fabrication methodology would be about the same for a nicer ozherelya, but it might have leather rather than buckram if I can find the right weight in an undyed hide.

Worn with a headdress/viscountal coronet, accessories/jewelry, and boots.

Layer 1 - Rubakha with Gathered Neck and Shorter Sleeves

Layer 2 - Dalmatic over Shorter Sleeved Rubakha

Layer 3 - Dalmatica with Ozherelya collar


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