09 August 2012

Leather Jerkin: Taking It Out for a Spin

In a Washington summer, when you look out your door and see this, you know that your day is going to end in a hot and sweaty place. By the end of Saturday, I believe it was 95 down by Lake Union, and according to thermometers on the faire site were hitting 105.

Fear the morning fog.
The local wildlife loves their Lord Mayor!

For the record, I want to take this opportunity to officially deny that I use illegal Parrot Labor in the creation of any of my costumes. It never happened. I wasn't there. You haven't seen me.

Garb in action: The demands of a high-pressure task like being a music stand on a sunny day are easily met by my leather jerkin.  ACTION GARB!!!

Oppressing villagers is taxing work. It's a good thing I have my Action Garb to wear!


If you can't invest in infrastructure because you pillaged the road-building 
fund, the least you can do is invest in a few signs...

With these people behind me, how can I not attain a dukedom?

Honestly. It was a million degrees out there and I managed to keep doublet and jerkin on almost all day.

More later after I've recovered... in a week or two.


  1. Oh its lovely, I believe your parrot friend approves. Amazed you managed to keep it on for a 100 degree day. Looks very awesome, do you know if women wore these? I am familiar with the ladies doublet style, but not come accross a leather one for women.

  2. To my knowledge, no, but it's sometimes difficult to say for certain on these things. None of the paintings I've squirreled away on my hard drive or in the archive over on the Elizabethan Costuming group on Facebook look like leather to me. I don't recall any paintings where a woman is wearing leather beyond her gloves, perhaps. But that's not to say it didn't happen. But many of the images of hunting parties are woodcuts rather than paintings, and that sort of environment occurs to me as the most logical place for them to have done so if at all.

    Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence, after all.

  3. I stand corrected. Some friends drummed up two references to leather jerkins made for Queen Elizabeth, documented in Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd.

    So there you go. Leather doublets for women!