My name is Allison Pettengill and I love understanding history.

My passion for history started at an early age and grew quickly when I started creating historical garments. I have been sewing since I was a child and have a degree in Costuming from the University of Connecticut.  I love historical clothing of all periods but especially the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

I belive not only in reading about history and historical accounts but also in trying to do what people did in a particular time period. YES I love reenacting. One gains greater perspective on a culture and period when one walks in the shoes and clothing of those people.

I have taught German Longsword before and have looked at the images and words from historical texts. It is no easy feat to guess at what the author and illustrator were intending to show with their book.