A night in the 18th century – Sven Vintappare

As many of you know, I’m an avid 18th century reenactor. I combine my history interest with my sewing interest, and my love for dressing up. I thus tend to find myself rather frequently amidst like minded, playing dress up together in late 18th century settings. On saturday, some friends had booked an 18th century tavern in Stockholms Old Town for the night, where we enjoyed a historical feast to candlelight. The rustling of silk, flickering of candlelight, smell of tobacco and delicious food made it all a truly wonderful night. I am truly grateful to have such wonderful friends to share my love of history with.

Following are some photos, borrowed from other attendees. The lighting wasn’t ideal for photography, but then again, cameras weren’t great in the 18th century either. Ha. Anyhow, clicking the photos will take you to their photo albums where they were originally posted.

Mathias in one of the most beautiful 18th century mens suits I’ve ever seen. You should have seen how the silver braid trim sparkled in the candlelight!

Paul, Karin, Helene, Marie and Bernd living it up.

Karin and more of Mathias’ beautiful silk suit. Look at those breeches!

Perfect setting. Don’t you just want to grab a tankard and jump right in?

Froofy bonnets and mobcaps, and me looking suspiciously blurry squished inbetween Elin and my Mother.

Happy, and strikingly well clad guests. Helene wore a fab á la Turque turban.

One of the few photos where I managed to sneak in. I wore my 1780s wool redingote, and it kept me perfectly warm and snuggly in the chilly November night.

Studio image of my dress. Photo: Leif Hanell.

The chilly weather gave me the perfect opportunity to wear a slightly wintery dress. I thus chose my wool Redingote (Read: riding coat), wore it with a fichu, my big faux fur muff, a little tricorne and a fur collar. It is lined with a sturdy cotton twill, hand sewn, and drafted by me. The wool kept me perfectly warm in the cold Swedish night, and considering the long sleeves and full skirt, it breathed well and kept me surprisingly cool in the stuffy and warm tavern. Yay for organic materials! Had this dress been made out of a synthetic fabric, I probably would have been sweating through the night.

Also – can you believe that hedgehog hair is all natural, no rats or hairpieces added AND my natural hair colour (although slightly powdered)? Quite far from todays raven locks, don’t you think?

– Magdalena 


Winter Vintage!


Finally, November is starting to come to an end, and in an attempt survive gray mornings, I look ahead and long for things that are to come. This includes scouring Facebook and newspapers for gatherings where I can mingle with like-minded, learn new things, and maybe even do some shopping. An upcoming event, Winter Vintage on November 30th, is just that! A winter themed vintage fair and market where you’re very likely to find that winter coat, that Christmas-eve-Sweater, or anything else that might tickle your fancy. The sellers will be many, and from all over Sweden, so this is a great chance to browse the goods of shops that may be located too far away from where you live. Put on your coziest knitwear and fluffiest (vintage!) furs, and I’ll see you there!

More info can be found at the event Facebook page Winter Vintage 2014


Äntligen börjar November nå sitt slut, och i ett försök att drömma mig bort från grå morgnar letar jag ständigt efter saker som händer kring mig. Jag försöker leta reda på events där jag kan mingla med likasinnade, lära mig nya saker, och shoppa litet om jag har tur. Winter Vintage, som äger rum i Älvsjö den 30 November, är precis ett sådant tillfälle! En vintagemässa med vintertema, där du med stor sannolikhet hittar vinterkappan, Julaftonströjan, nyårsklänningen, eller något helt annat. Säljarna kommer att vara många, och från hela Sverige, så det här är en toppenchans att ta en titt på utbudet från affärer som annars kanske ligger för långt bort för ett besök. På med dina mysigaste stickade strumpor, och din fluffigaste vintagepäls, så ses vi där!

Mer info hittar du på eventets Facebook-sida – Winter Vintage 2014