Margorose (margorose) wrote in margospatterns,

Phantom Costume History

Well. Since it seems that I have to print the leine pattern in two sheets, I decided to include that wrap front variation. Being a responsible person, I thought I should go back and do a little additional research, maybe see if there's some little detail I can add to make it even more historically cool. So I rounded up the Usual Suspects of Irish costume history, and discovered that, as far as I can see, it didn't exist. Not only that, but I can't even remember where I got the notion that it did.

I have a vague suspicion that it might have been mentioned in an old SCA publication, or maybe someone I worked Faire with a gazillion years ago told me about it, but I really don't know. In looking at the contemporary art, the only thing I can surmise is that someone interpreted the deep V neck of the ionar/jacket thing worn over the leine as a wrapover effect...maybe.

It just goes to show what a precarious field costume research is. I do my best to be accurate (and to tell people when I'm not), but I sometimes wonder, late at night, if some archeological or bibliographical find is going to come along that proves that my life's work is completely wrong.

Of course, I also find myself speculating on just how much I could abuse my authority, if I were ever to let my sense of humor loose. Hmmm....April Fool's Day is only 295 days away!
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