I use silk facings around neck openings, on buttonhole facings, and to bind armhole seams. I actually find it easier to create a neckline with a silk facing than without. The facing helps conceal less than beautiful edges and seam allowances cut too small by you know who… :-)
I was honored that Maynard and Liadain, the current royalty of AEthelmearc, asked me to make clothing for their reign. Here is some information about the finished products:
This garment is a man’s houppelande or cote. This style of garment gained popularity during the late 14th- early 15th century in England and France. It is essentially a baggy outer layer constructed in a way to create large loose waves of fabric. It is often seen belted at the waist, which accentuates the pleated appearance around the body. The sleeves styles of these garments vary from utilitarian and straight to extravagant and flowing.