Monday, September 26, 2011

Lots of fun at Pennsylvania Renassaince Faire







Well yesterday was like running a Renaissance marathon of sorts. Got up about 8am which is sleeping in for me and I got dressed in my fancy outfit. Figured out how to do an Elizabethan hair style just in time. It made me happy for once, my curly hair the body to kee[ in place all day without hair spray:-D

Stayed up late the night before though I had all my preparations and outfits all done in advance despite the finger injury.(See my last post for details on that)

Got dressed and out the door by 9ish and on the way, we got there by noon. Took some back roads part of the way and I thought I was going to get ill. For some reason sitting in the back makes me car sick though, when we hit the highway I did alot better.

As soon as we showed our discount coupons, paid and entered we headed for the gaming area. It was nice nice tree covered the section with Archery, gun range, and all sorts of "try me" medieval games. We didn't get to this part last year and it was lots of fun to see the rest of the faire as it was last year. Decked out in our Renaissance finest: Jason our long time friend and driver for the trip wore a kilt and shirt, which I made. Justin my fiance looking dashing in his matching outfit, which I made. I in my 1570's finest strolled though the park, getting lots of complements along the way. Though I find it interesting I got three complements in a row on my Tudor rose purse. I am thinking I might need to make a few for sale since there was quite alot of fuss over the idea.

The weather was a really nice balmy but slightly humid morning. I wish I had made lighter sleeves for this gown, though I was thinking it was going to be cooler by the end of September. Though at this point its a bonus on our heating for the winter so I don't mind the Indian Summer we seem to be having.

We saw the Falconry demonstration, the man have 5 lovely birds being a selection of hawks, falcons, and a buzzard. They had interesting personality and of course loved looking around. We saw a knife throwing show, the Sirens of Sin singing group, Tartanic Scottish pipe and drum group, Greyhound enclosure, Human Chess Game, and much more. On the way to the falconry demo, I picked up my drabbit at Imaginarium Galleries. Her name is Ruby and joins the family of gem named Drabbits I have at home. I hope to get some of the photos my friends took of me and our lot to give you an idea of the day.

My big purchase was my drabbit, though I also got a lovely metallic lace-like Mask, and a Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire T-shirt. I was looking at feathers for a new hat or just a new lip for variety but too expensive for what they were. Justin bought himself and nice leather studded sporan; which is a Scottish leather pouch. With Leather and brass buckled belt, a leather bottle holder with Blue glass rubber stopped bottle of drink he bought earlier, and a nice short sword with leather and metal finding scabbard. So he had a really nice year this year since we saved money for this year compared to last. I can tell he really enjoyed himself. Jason got a sporan pouch, some wooden shot glasses and two pewter necklaces. So all in all we got some RenFaire treasure and had a really nice time.

Well will post photos later as they come,

Maureen

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Peacock

Peacock

Tudor Stained Glass

Tudor Stained Glass

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.

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Six Wives of Henry VIII

King Henry VIII's Wives in Sequential Order

King Henry VIII of England 1491-1547


Queen Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536Divorced,


Queen Anne Boleyn 1501-1536 Beheaded,


Queen Jane Seymour 1508-1537 Died.


Queen Anne of Cleves 1515-1557 Divorced,


Queen Catherine Howard 1525-1542 Beheaded,


Queen Catherine Parr 1512-1548 Survived.

Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Queen Elizabeth I Coronation Portait

Queen Elizabeth I Coronation Portait

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Queen Elizabeth's Prayer at Bristol August 15,1574

Stretch forth,
O Lord most mightie,
Thy right hand over me,
and defend me from mine enemys,
that they never prevayle against me.

Give me, O Lord,
the assistance of Thy Spiritt,
and comfort of Thy grace,
truly to know Thee, intirely to love Thee,
and assuredly to trust in Thee.

And that as I do acknowledge
to have received the government
of this Church and Kingdom at Thy hand,
and to hold the same of Thee,
so grant me grace, O Lord,
that in the end I may render up
and present the same again
unto Thee, a peaceable, quiett,
and well-ordered State and Kingdome,
as also a perfect reformed church,
to the furtherance of Thy glory.

And to my subjects, O Lord God, grant,
I beseech Thee, faithful and obedient hearts,
willingly to submit themselves to the obedience
of Thy word and commandments,
that we altogether being thankfull unto Thee
for Thy benefitts received, may laud and magnifie
Thy Holy Name world without end.

Grant this, O merciful Father, for Jesus Christ's sake,
our only Mediator and Advocate.

Amen

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Side of Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Side of Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor  Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Red Velvet Elizabethan

Red  Velvet Elizabethan

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Lady Willoughby

Lady Willoughby

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Elizabethan Pregnancy Gown

Elizabethan Pregnancy Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Black and Coral Elizabethan Gown

Black and Coral Elizabethan Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Jane Seymour Gown

Jane Seymour Gown

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Catherine Parr Gown

Catherine Parr Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla
A Proper Gabled Hood

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Princess Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

Princess Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon
Duke and Dutchess of Suffolk

Mairin O'Cadhla Heraldry

Mairin O'Cadhla Heraldry

Embroidered Waistcoat over Elizabethan Gown

Embroidered Waistcoat over  Elizabethan Gown

Queen Mary I of England

Queen Mary I of England

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose