I am planning on doing a full 11th Century Italio-Norman outfit for the Artemisian Costuming Challenge. I will be doing it as period as possible and handsewing it ALL! I do qualify myself as a Novice as I have never actually hand sewn a garment other than repair and have only this year started making my own garb from start to finish with a machine.
(List Edited for correctness in period 07.12.11)
Layer 1) Linen Braies & Linen Hose
Layer 2) Linen Shirt & Wool Kirtle
Layer 3) Wool Cloak
Layer 4) Leather Garters, a Wool Phrygian cap and possibly a purse or belt of some sort
I have most of the linen that is required, I also have all the wool for my cloak & liripipe & the leather for my accessories. The things I lack at this point are linen thread, wool thread & any trim I might choose to add to any of the peices. Other than that, I am in pretty good shape. Thankfully 11th Century isn't TOO full of bling, although since I am doing Italian Norman they do have a more Byzantine influence and therefore did like a bit more embellishment.
So there you have it! Let us hope I keep what sanity I may still have within me hehe...