Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Royal Fuzzy Progress

Now keep in mind the photo is of a royal purple velvet and Faux Ermine fur Tudor gown. The gown needs hook and eyes on the front closure yet and looks funny on a hanger. Tudor clothing was not meant to be on a hanger, but none the less the outer gown is complete and wanted to show it off.
The velvet is a dark royal purple but shows black on here unfortunately. There just wasn't enough light to get the purple to show up, my hunter green velvet gown has the same effect in photos.

Used all 2 yards of Faux Ermine fur, the gown is very plush to say the least. I have no doubt this will be the warmest gown I own. Right now I finished small sewing on my french hood and adding the puffs to the foresleeves. On the slate yet is the under skirt of the same brocade as the foresleeves. I will post photos of my look when the rest of the accessories are complete.

I hope also to have a small piece of embroidery done and mailed by the end of the week, guess we will see. After this total outfit is done I am starting immediately on one of the three others that have been waiting in the wings, a foxyfur sleeved gold faux silk gown, black velvet with artic fox faux fur sleeves, and my peach elizabethan gown with embroidred roses silk shirt. So much sewing and sew little time, lol. Anyway that is the fuzzy progress I made this week.

I still have details to iron out on youth activities for the 19th but I am no concerned. I am doing similar activites as I did for Confed Ladies event. Just have to decide if there are one or two more things that the brood will be interested in doing. There are always a few tricks up my fuzzy sleeves;-)

TTYL,

Maureen

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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.

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

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

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Queen Mary I of England

Queen Mary I of England