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.
Sis 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.
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).“OMG – how I’m I to keep my hats on while dancing?”
Othilia 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.
First stop, “Jofotex fabrics” – the by far best fabric store in our area.“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.
A 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.
Maria and Clara listening to lovely music.
Knights and horses.
And a coffin…
The town of Söderköping really is the perfect place for this kind of events, with the rivers, cobblestones and old houses it looks so beautiful.
I managed to get some pic of the new gown:
The market place lay beside the old church in the middle of the city.
There was lots of great things to shop for any historic/fabric nerd:Natural Furs
Colored furs – note the leopard and zebra colored ones.
Silk and velvet
And 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.
Karin and Dan relaxing in the grass enjoying the music.
Sis 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.
The musicians Lena and Eric and dance master Sievert.
Maud and Othilia having a cozy moment.
Karin and Solveig both looking great in their dresses and headwear.
And that’s all folks…