Julie's Dress Diaries

Herein lie my attempts at both blogging and creating period clothing for various locations and times of the Renaissance. Enjoy

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Pretty Pirate

Wednesday, Sept 19th is "talk like a pirate day." And since I happen to have a handful of eyepatches from my eye surgeries lying around, I thought I'd cover one and make a fancy eyepatch. I figured, what the heck, might be fun...

Of course, I'd not be content without a wee bit of historical research on the topic, right? To my delight, I found information on Ana Mendoza, a spanish noble lady complete with embroidered eyepatches:

Her's is a rather small patch, smaller than the bases I had at home, so mine is obviously larger. I liked how she wore the strings up towards the middle of her head, rather than across her whole face. I rather think she may have pinned it into her hair, given the slackness on that top string...

Anyway, here is my bit of pirate fun for the day:

The design is a stylized pirate dagger, taken from some of the old jolly rogers, like the one used by Stede Bonnet. And I added swirlies, since I can't seem to resist them. The embroidery is pretty shoddy, but it was a fun little project for a day. ;)