Friday, January 21, 2011

Ending January on a Jewel Note






Well its nearing the end of the month and progress is slow but that happens when you can't work on gowns at your job. However, I did get the lovely Tudor necklaces done with the supplies I gushed about in my last post. They turned out stunning and can't wait to wear them with a new gown or one of my treasured Tudor creations. I worked hard and finished them a week ago and they are more beautiful than I envisioned.

There has been some developments on my prospective Helen Snakenborg Elizabethan gown. I got the fabric and trim in the mail last week. Extremely ecstatic to see the perfect shade of peach staring back at me from the envelope I received in the mail. Its not silk like I hoped to find, but $80 a yard is just too rich for me when it comes to fabrics. Its 100% polyester but I am happy with it for the price and color.

Instead of being unhappy with the makeup of the material I focused on the right shade of perfect peach. Since the images I found online varied from shades of brilliant peach to soft light peach, I browsed more satin than I want to mention comparing my image to the photo of the materials online. Justin and I just recently procured a new flat screen monitor and its lovely to see the colors jump right off the page. Its really helped alot with this gown research because I can see much more clearly the details of the painting when I zoom in on a image.

I purchased "a look like lace" to match the velvet and gold embroidery on the original gown, it just so dead on its uncanny. This lace like trim works out wonderfully for the effect I am trying to achieve with this gown. I mentioned about using the silk charmeuse my sister bought me in my last post, which I do intend on using it for the lovely embroidered shirt originally used for the portrait. Though I wasn't sure about the floral embroidery that I would have to stitch to make the roses on the shirt. So I had to look into this more intently.

This week I gathered information on the proper technique from my local embroidery guild meeting. I showed my progress to the shire guild mistress and good friend, Lady Jaqueline De Moliere. She is thrilled with all the work I have done to get the fabrics and trim just right, we had lots to talk about. I told her about the embroidery for the shirt and making it from crewel techniques which she agreed either would work depending on my execution of the embroidery. I was unsure of the proper steps for this, which she told me back them they normally embroidered the fabric first with the outline of the garment traced out. So this is what my intent is so I hope to embroider a test square of the pattern to figure out stitches and begin this within the week, fingers crossed.

I do have an a book Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery in the mail to me but I am not sure how long it will take to get here from Great Britain, though it is already in the mail. So far so good. Lots to think about and work on so I will leave it at this for now, more updates as the come.

Oh my heart just one gown at a time, lol.
Maureen

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wow a New Year has Begun


Time passes way to fast I feels like it was only a week or two ago I was posting about Halloween. Over the past few months I have sold four dresses and have more to sell to make room for new ones I have in the works. Still working on the ruffs but have been distracted by alot of other pretty shinies with the holidays.

Its been fairly busy over the holidays, got lots of things I wanted and lots of things for making gowns. Was able to procure lots of pretty fabric for inexpensive that I have plans to make four dresses two Tudor and two Elizabethan. One royal purple Tudor with gold, black and white trim and a black Tudor of the same theme. I also have three Tudor glass cabochons pendants with freshwater pearl necklaces in the works, found the supplies that on sale with lots of other things to make necklaces.

I have my crewel floral and french blue Elizabethan still in the works, going to be more of a 1570's gown since I like the silhouette much better. Still have to draw it up to get the full effect of what it is going to look like. I also have a plan to make a peach gown with black and gold accents after the painting of Helen Snakenborg Marchioness of Northampton, one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies in waiting before marrying a marquis of the English court. Very excited to see how they turn out was able to get all the peach fabric, black/gold trim and supplies for 28.00 including shipping, so it pays to be a thrifty buyer. I will use my silk charmeuse my sister bought me in Saudi Arabia for the wonderful embroidered shirt, its going to look stunning. Well I got to get things rolling for supper and work on some stitchery.

Happy to have plans in the works

Mairin

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