Today I'm putting finishings on a medieval gown. It's generically 1200s, I think - some shaping in the seams but no openings which keeps it on the early side of the middle ages. It's made of suuuper dark blue wool coating, which is suuuuuper tightly woven and like very nearly waterproof (which I discovered when the iron dripped on it and formed a perfect little water ball which I could blow across its surface... is it wierd that that was my immediate impulse? "drop of water, oo, blow on it!" Right.). I bought the fabric in two 2m sections for 10euro apiece at a fabric market in Lübeck when I was studying abroad in Germany. It was like $1.30 per Euro when I was there but I still think it worked out to something of a bargain, especially since this fabric is ludicrously good quality. I think generally folks recommend lighter weight wools for dresses, but as I do attend outdoor garb events sometimes (and preferably in cold weather) I think the bulk is worth it. The drape is pretty good even with the thickness - its so heavy it sort of weights itself down prettily.
Now I just have to figure how far to hem it up. It drags about an inch on the ground at the moment. I really like the aesthetic of the very full length skirt on these sorts of dresses, but how close to the ground am I willing to put this gorgeous fabric..