Here's a lengthy post full of pictures of my new blue silk cotehardie worn over a gold silk kirtle. I started working on it about ten days ago, and about half of the days were spent letting the hems hang- the whole outfit took only a few days.
This kirtle can be worn on its own, however, with some accessories, if it's hot out but you still want to look dressed-up. If I wear it alone, I can put on my black leather belt (with gold mounts, strap end, and buckle), black and gold pouch, and my black velvet fillet. A veil would be appropriate as well. The belt was assembled by me with some assistance from my friend Paul (great way to introduce a person to the SCA- hand them some pliers!): we put the buckle, strap end, and 14 mounts on the leather, which I thought I would always be too lazy to do and just buy a pre-made belt. I would make more in a heartbeat! It wasn't difficult at all.
Here is a closer view of my hairstyle. I start with two pigtail braids behind the ears, loop them in front of the ears over the temples, and pin them at the crown, where they overlap a bit, and I tuck the tails under the opposite braid. I'm still working on improving my hairstyles, and this one can be done quickly. It is a style often seen in period paintings.