This is the top part of my ATS costume. For the “coin” bra I used a regular bikini bra that is one size too big for me so that underneath there is room for my regular well-fitting bra. It is decorated with white buttons I inherited from my grandmother. I was inspired by other people who made their coin bras with sea shells, and I thought the white buttons look a little bit like that. I also used a necklace, two chains, and ribbons made from a tablecloth. I used the same tablecloth for both my tasselbelt and my green medieval dress. Busy tablecloth!
The choli is made from a short tight dress. I cut it off at chest level and used the bottom part to make sleeves and shoulder straps. I like that it’s deep blue rather than black, making the outfit more colourful.
The tasselbelt I use. Made from a tablecloth and tassels from a scarf.
When dancing ATS, the bouncing tassels of the tasselbelt emphasises the hip movements. Making tasselbelts is a great way to personalise your ATS costume and to use up beautiful pieces of fabric that aren’t big enough to make anything else out of. I made my favourite tasselbelt on the left from the same tablecloth I used for my green medeival dress. The gold ones are made from another tablecloth that already had triangular sides. Upcycling ftw!
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Tasselbelt in gold, red and blue. FOR SALE: SEK250
Tasselbelt in gold, purple and green. FOR SALE SEK200
The front laces for the gold tasselbelts. The green and white one is tablet woven and the red and blue one is finger braided.
When I was twelve years old, I bought this dress at the market in Visby at Medieval Week on Gotland. I did have another medieval dress when I was even younger, but this was the first one I bought myself, and it has been with me ever since.
Over the years, I have mended and changed a few times, but the basic dress is the same. The first year, my mother helped sew little pleats on the shoulders to make the upper part smaller. Last year, I changed the fabric of the wide border when the old fabric gave out. I also added lacing in the back. Originally, the border was placed on top of the green linen, but this summer, I felt the dress needed lengthening. So I ripped the seam that was under the bust, added a different piece of linen behind the border and moved the skirt so that it now begins under the border. I lengthened the sleeves in the same way. The fabric used for the borders was originally a tablecloth. I’d much rather have pretty fabric on me than on a table! Not a very period correct dress, but I love the colour and the design! The very word ”medieval dress” isn’t period correct either, after all.