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Silver Deer Studios

8th thru 18th century period reproduction clothing for living history reenactments, theater, renaissance faires and the occasional museum piece.

Location: Battle Creek Mi area
Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jul 1, 2014

Welcome to my happy little fashion world! Because that's what I do: I make real clothing - only it's usually not 21st century clothing.
At first I only did late 16th century gentlemen's wear, and most of what I do is custom, or "bespoke", tailoring, where clothing is made to measure and the client and tailor work closely together to choose fabrics, colors, and trimmings. Most clients choose a stock design, but I've also worked from movies, paintings, woodcuts and illuminated manuscripts.
Then some of my friends wanted clothing to wear to renaissance fairs and that's when I started doing women's wear.
Then I opened a little Ebay store (because it was cheap and easy) to see if other people liked my stuff, and they do.
Then people started asking "can you make this for me?" so I kept expanding my research and knowledge, and now I do 8th through 18th century for men, women and children.
I like to dress up people. I like to make them look good. Whether it's a basic white chemise or a hand-stitched 16th century doublet, the same amount of care and attention goes into it. High standards of construction are applied to all garments equally.
When there's nothing in particular going on I get into my immense fabric collection and start designing just to have new designs available, but other than that I don't keep clothing in stock (all of the sample garments are for sale or trade).
Complimentary feedback can be seen on my Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Ragsdale-Reed-Clothiers
Website is under construction: http://ragsdalereed.com

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A per a time or so ago, a request for 'Viking" T-tunics for a working artist/crafter 6 Replies

Started by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler. Last reply by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler Mar 25, 2014.

Doublet 24 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 23, 2012.

Shirts 4 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Susan Ragsdale Feb 1, 2012.

Bodices & cinchers 8 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Nov 21, 2011.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 2, 2012 at 10:12am

Comment by Susan Ragsdale on February 2, 2012 at 9:50am

Love the survival kit, esp the Words O' Wisdom emblazoned upon the box!

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 1, 2012 at 3:48pm

Damn tis proved you give your all to a project blood sweat and tears it seems. Direct pressure ice and a good bandage.

Comment by Susan Ragsdale on February 1, 2012 at 2:35pm

Hi Drago - taking a break from what I'm doing as I've just stabbed myself with a BIG needle and I'm still bleeding. A pox on size 50/3 waxed linen thread and the needle that rode into town with it, I say. Anyway, it's not nice to bleed on people's things, you know, so it's best to just Step Away From The Area.

I do have one photo posted that meets your criteria; it's the Basic Medieval T-Tunic. It's in "Shirts", and I'm going to go and put a title and description on it right now.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 1, 2012 at 1:43pm

Have several looking for Viking Apron Dress and Viking men's stuff as well as early Celtic types as well. Wondering if there is any pictures you could provide as well as pricing plans.

Comment by Susan Ragsdale on November 22, 2011 at 12:51pm

Hello, it's nice to see you here!

 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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