Bernadette Banner

is creating historical garment reconstructions and interpretations

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patrons
Dear Friend,
Well met!
If we aren't already acquainted, hello! I am a dress historian and costume interpreter known best for my series of YouTube videos documenting my experiments in historical garment reconstruction and adaptation for modern wear. Primarily my area of study spans from the Norman Conquest (1066) up through the introduction of the electric sewing machine (c.1919) and thus I work mostly by hand in an attempt to reproduce garments according to historical practice. My goal is to spread the joy of rediscovering old crafts, of research and experimentation, of hypothesising on how things may have been done and embarking on mad, time-consuming, and extraordinarily fiddly adventures in trying to bring the past to life...


Hand-stitched reconstruction from 'Saint George Slaying the Dragon' by Jost Haller, c. 1450


Marking out the pieces in quill and ink


Detail of the hand-worked buttonholes in silk thread

...and then to see how we can apply these lost methods to 21st century life.


An adaptation of an Edwardian walking skirt for present day wear

In Real Life I work as a freelance research consultant and illustrator based primarily in New York, and secondarily in London where I get to work with the brilliant team at the School of Historical Dress. Some of my recent reconstruction and illustration work can be found in the newly-released Patterns of Fashion 5, including artwork for 'The Staymaker's Tale'.

For more progress images, find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bernadettebanner/

For video diaries on construction, the YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHtaUm-FjUps090S...

Illustration prints and project renderings can be found at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WeeOldeWhimsies/
Tiers
Cookies for You!
$5 or more per month
  • See new videos ad-free for 24 hours before they are published
  • Access to additional video content, including monthly wrap-up and project plan vlogs, as well as videos that test new content and styles
  • Access to private posts and updates exclusive to this Patreon page, including the linked Discord server for live text and voice chats with your fellow Patrons
Includes Discord rewards
VOTES FOR PATRONS!
$10 or more per month
  • The Right to Vote! (in project- and content-related polls on here, at least.)
  • Postcard prints of my illustrated garment renderings to be mailed to you upon conclusion of a project series (yes, my international friends too!)
  • A hand-written, personalized thank-you card upon joining


As well as access to Patron-exclusive posts, videos, and updates, access to the Discord live chat, and ad-free videos 24 hours before publishing. 

Includes Discord rewards
JOIN THE RANKS
$20 or more per month
Let's take our crafts to the next level! 

This tier is still in beta form as I experiment with the idea of building a community for fellow artists who wish to meet others serious in improving their skills through regular motivation, positive encouragement and collective learning. This will include a varying range of benefits and activities that may fluctuate depending on what people are finding useful, enjoyable, and beneficial, but will include at least one or several of the following events, held monthly:

  • Access to a private Discord server geared specifically towards those who wish to jump-start, re-energize, or share their sewing (or other niche crafting) journeys
  • A monthly Q&A session during which I take and discuss your personal project questions and offer general motivational encouragement
  • Livestreamed chats
  • Real-time video and/or voice hangouts for members to get to know one another whilst doing some sewing! 


Along with, of course, the aforementioned benefits from all previous tiers.


Please note that the community incentive of this tier is entirely optional; if you wish to contribute at this amount but don't necessarily have an interest in sewing, that is perfectly fine too. We'll be here if you ever decide otherwise. All skill levels--and all skills, not limited to historical sewing--are welcome! :)

Includes Discord rewards
PATRON OF THE ARTS
$50 or more per month
This is just here for those who might wish to provide some Very Serious Support, directly freeing up some additional working hours to put towards sewing projects, video production and passing along my passion and drive to other artists in our crafty little community.


You will of course have access to benefits from all previous tiers, and I shall probably have to send you cookies or some such special artefact every now and then because, wow. Thank you. 

♥️

Includes Discord rewards
Dear Friend,
Well met!
If we aren't already acquainted, hello! I am a dress historian and costume interpreter known best for my series of YouTube videos documenting my experiments in historical garment reconstruction and adaptation for modern wear. Primarily my area of study spans from the Norman Conquest (1066) up through the introduction of the electric sewing machine (c.1919) and thus I work mostly by hand in an attempt to reproduce garments according to historical practice. My goal is to spread the joy of rediscovering old crafts, of research and experimentation, of hypothesising on how things may have been done and embarking on mad, time-consuming, and extraordinarily fiddly adventures in trying to bring the past to life...


Hand-stitched reconstruction from 'Saint George Slaying the Dragon' by Jost Haller, c. 1450


Marking out the pieces in quill and ink


Detail of the hand-worked buttonholes in silk thread

...and then to see how we can apply these lost methods to 21st century life.


An adaptation of an Edwardian walking skirt for present day wear

In Real Life I work as a freelance research consultant and illustrator based primarily in New York, and secondarily in London where I get to work with the brilliant team at the School of Historical Dress. Some of my recent reconstruction and illustration work can be found in the newly-released Patterns of Fashion 5, including artwork for 'The Staymaker's Tale'.

For more progress images, find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bernadettebanner/

For video diaries on construction, the YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSHtaUm-FjUps090S...

Illustration prints and project renderings can be found at my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WeeOldeWhimsies/

Recent posts by Bernadette Banner

Tiers
Cookies for You!
$5 or more per month
  • See new videos ad-free for 24 hours before they are published
  • Access to additional video content, including monthly wrap-up and project plan vlogs, as well as videos that test new content and styles
  • Access to private posts and updates exclusive to this Patreon page, including the linked Discord server for live text and voice chats with your fellow Patrons
Includes Discord rewards
VOTES FOR PATRONS!
$10 or more per month
  • The Right to Vote! (in project- and content-related polls on here, at least.)
  • Postcard prints of my illustrated garment renderings to be mailed to you upon conclusion of a project series (yes, my international friends too!)
  • A hand-written, personalized thank-you card upon joining


As well as access to Patron-exclusive posts, videos, and updates, access to the Discord live chat, and ad-free videos 24 hours before publishing. 

Includes Discord rewards
JOIN THE RANKS
$20 or more per month
Let's take our crafts to the next level! 

This tier is still in beta form as I experiment with the idea of building a community for fellow artists who wish to meet others serious in improving their skills through regular motivation, positive encouragement and collective learning. This will include a varying range of benefits and activities that may fluctuate depending on what people are finding useful, enjoyable, and beneficial, but will include at least one or several of the following events, held monthly:

  • Access to a private Discord server geared specifically towards those who wish to jump-start, re-energize, or share their sewing (or other niche crafting) journeys
  • A monthly Q&A session during which I take and discuss your personal project questions and offer general motivational encouragement
  • Livestreamed chats
  • Real-time video and/or voice hangouts for members to get to know one another whilst doing some sewing! 


Along with, of course, the aforementioned benefits from all previous tiers.


Please note that the community incentive of this tier is entirely optional; if you wish to contribute at this amount but don't necessarily have an interest in sewing, that is perfectly fine too. We'll be here if you ever decide otherwise. All skill levels--and all skills, not limited to historical sewing--are welcome! :)

Includes Discord rewards
PATRON OF THE ARTS
$50 or more per month
This is just here for those who might wish to provide some Very Serious Support, directly freeing up some additional working hours to put towards sewing projects, video production and passing along my passion and drive to other artists in our crafty little community.


You will of course have access to benefits from all previous tiers, and I shall probably have to send you cookies or some such special artefact every now and then because, wow. Thank you. 

♥️

Includes Discord rewards