Friday, June 14, 2019

Books circa 1740-1780

My order of books has shipped from the colonial printer and book binder. 5 new titles in their way reprints from the mid to late 1700’s. You may think this is silly as I could get digital book. True, I could find some for my e-reader. Although there is nothing like holding a handmade book, feel the text under your fingers, plus the scent of the paper and ink of fresh title. It’s an experience that is much different with a digital tablet.

I can say similar experience regarding old books although more fragile the scent of old paper and the place it was stored. Learning to find older information to understand the thought of those in the time frame in regards to the trade and labors. Located a list of books printed 1640 and earlier and will see if these may be reprinted. As some Elizabethan titles would be nice to include with the small colonial collection.

In the meantime I visited Walmart and found the mini lantern I wanted for my colonial doll. Still deciding if I am going to keep it the white color or spray paint it black which would be the period correct color. With all the random rain getting to paint or prime anything has been a challenge. Things to think about and keep in the back of the mind.

Working on what to wear for Saturday’s demo. Figuring something light and comfortable will be a good start. Will also need to pack table chairs and projects for people to see. This all depends on the weather. Keeping eyes on the skies in the meantime.

Busy busy,

THL Marrin O’Cadhla

Monday, June 10, 2019

Heritage Day Demo-New Columbia, Pennsylvania.

We are at a dozen pretty colonial gowns and counting for my Queen Anne Doll. Stretching forward in history to look back for faster changing of fashion reference to dolls for my book. Although it shows such progression there is no way I could not acknowledge the fashion tool to plaything with out showing some pictures.

Hoping to display her and my other doll fashion compatriots at a demo. It’s in New Columbia, Pa this Saturday June 14th. My SCA shire if Abhainn Ciach Ghlais will be our in our demo glory for all things Medieval. Although this Heritage Day is for crafts before 1900. Hoping for some outstanding weather. Please join me and my shire to go all Medieval on history!


Monday, May 27, 2019

Full Circle

I was able to order more 4mm spangles for my replica doll. Arabella needed more spangles on the back of her outer gown. I also need to rework the gold braid on the underdress. Still needing to add pearls too so will have something for tomorrow to keep busy. Although I have enough to keep busy for more than one day.

Also work on more colonial gowns for my Queen Anne replica doll. I just completed the fifth outfit for her and they keep improving as time progresses. Fingers crossed that its successful completing more. I have another striped one in the wings of teal tan gold and hints of orange.  When one finds the right fabric for the task it just rings a bell in the mind.

As I was listening to oldies from the 50’s-60’s rock and pop numbers, it’s what I remember from my childhood. As 80’s rock was not allowed till I was older and we skipped disco completely. Anyway I reminded me of when I would get into my mother’s sewing drawer to get needles and thread to sew doll dresses for my Barbie dolls. It was all whip stitch and horrible lines. Although i had fun and eventually after home-economics I knew basic construction and reading a pattern to do more detailed work.  Life comes full circle now I’m in my mid 30’s and still making dolls clothing moreover it’s a life’s study. Eventually leading to an all over research to and eventual authored book on the topic.

Who knew a childhood interest would be an adult pursuit,

THL Marrin O’Kealy

Saturday, May 25, 2019


On a cat update. Jace’s declaw went well, he was healing fine. Of course he has to be his special self and needed an antibiotic shot. Due to him picking at his one dew claw on his right paw. I remember it being a very big claw. I think it bothered him when it was healing due to itching. He just kept at it.

Although this last week almost all the  scabs fell off and looked great. All but on two toes those had extra tissue on the ends that reminded me of the insides of the claws.

So on Monday of this past week, I took Jace back to the vet to have those toes on his left paw looked at. Turns out they needed more surgery to correct the improper healing and exposed tissue.

Luckily no extra charge but felt bad for Jace having to go under the knife again. Although he seems very good about to all. Happy to be home, I leaving those toes alone so far. Hoping over this weekend he will heal up and we won’t need any more visits back to the vet.



Tudor Q and A

What is a Tudorosity?

A mashed combination of the words Tudor and Curiosity to create the word Tudorosity. Tudorosities is the plural form and the deffinition is as follows.

Tudorosity- an desire to learn or know anything about the Tudor dynasty assocated with years 1405 through 1603.

Most people ask my why I make the Tudor garb ?

I find the clothing of this era not only beautiful but also challenging to sew. There is much more care and purpose put into making garments and wearing garments in the Tudor Era. I love the look of Tudor so much I wanted to explore the way clothes were made back then and the subtle changes in fashion and styles of time.

How did you get started in this interesting hobby?

I started with art first, I love to draw, paint, and sculpt all the traditional fine arts. So being able to draw helps me visualize the looks I want to create in my garb. History has always been a huge interest of mine and I've had a knack for sewing since I was 6 years old. It all started with doll clothes and I learned cross stitch embroidery from my grandmother when I was little. I am self taught sewer, crochet, knitting, embroidery and tatting. My methods are learned from books mainly and there is still so much more to learn.

What is my favorite outfit and why?

It would be like picking a favorite out of one of my future children, its impossible. I love all my gown creations and really like the distinct differences in all the styles clothing I make for the Tudor Era.

Do you make the whole outfit including hat, shoes, and undergarments?

I do have a goal of making a complete Tudor from the skin out. As of right now I make 80% of my gowns and accessories. The shoes, corset, stockings, and petticoats are bought online and the petticoats are a close reproduction but not made by me. Though someday I plan on making a reed corset and petticoat to wear under my gowns, as well as other accessories.

How long does it take to make a gown?

It all depends on the type of gown I plan on making and the time period and class of the design. Generally if I work on it 8 hours a day on a sewing machine it will take 3 days to get the basics and another 5 days to do finish hand-sewing details and beading. So a week to a week and a half if working on it steady for that amount of time. I work a full-time job so it does take longer than a week to complete. I put over 40-100 hours per outfit depending on its complexity, its like its own full time job of sorts.

Do you make renaissance clothing for sale or custom orders?

No, due to new employment and changes in my lifestyle. Unfortunately, I have no time to support sewing for others. Though I recommend sewing lessons for those adventurous few. There are many fine folks who make and sell historical clothing. I suggest guidance with sew from many fine historical enthusiastic costumers out on the internet.

How long have you been making these elaborate costumes?

I have been in the Society of Creative Anachronism coming up on my 10th year. Active since 2004 working at demonstrations and volunteering when I could between working and other life's distractions. I really concentrated on Tudor sewing in 2007 and worked with patterns to learn proper fabrics, techniques, fit, and silhouette. I really enjoy the eras transition from a medieval form fitting layered cotterdie to the boned Tudor kirtle and then to structured Elizabethan clothing.

Lady Willoughby

Lady Willoughby

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

O’Kealy Heraldry

O’Kealy Heraldry