Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All Things Great and Small

Well been busy with little things here and there since getting married. One of those is changing my last name, I got it done with the Social Security Admistration by the Friday of getting married. Not too shabby, but I took advantage of sometime off over the past two weeks to get things done with the Department of Transportation, my job, and working in on getting it switched with all of my bills and such.

I haven't worked on much sewing, though it did make some progress before Lewisburg Arts. I did finish up the gold trim on the dark blue gown and was able to wear it for the Lewisburg Arts Festival. It looked lovely! I want to post pictures but haven't been able to track down the person who had taken some good ones of me. Guess we will see, my camera needs a new rechargable battery so it was useless toting it along. The battery won't hold a charge anylonger, though as old as it is, I have a feeling that will be a tall task to find a new one. Guess that is what ebay is for, without the flip design of the screen on my camera even with it being older, is the only way I can take pics of myself in the mirror.

It was the best $10 purchase ever, next to my wedding gown. It came with everything; charging cord, leather bag, extra battery that is now dead too and three memory sticks. I will need to get a new one before we go on vacation to Virginia want to take it along for photos of course. I know an all new camera will cost more than I am willing to spend and my camera on my phone is not that good. Hmm well guess I'd better get cracking.

Lewisburg Arts is a fun Demo as always, I did work with the kids in the childrens tent making heraldic shields. I then did a walk about drawing people to the encampment while showing off my pretty garb. There was some beautiful handmade arts and crafts by local artisans, but really didn't have money for things, beautiful things none the less. I did get food but that was about it. Let alone I don't have much more space at home for anything extra. The wall space is full and I will have to do a spring cleaning to get things back into a organized manner. Glad I bought the door hooks, they have paid for themselves holding extra clothes and garb. Its saving my silk lovelies from wrinkling up like a crushed flowers.

In the spirit of getting things done, I have finished my wedding scrapbook, It was a predesigned book that was bland in color and design but had potential. It turned out super nice and was able to add lots of creative details to the plain pages. Speaking of scrapbooking, I found a really neat storybook fantasy themed scrapbook and decided to make one for my gowns and SCA interests. So far so good, I am about 1/3 of the way done. I am creating a poem so I can tell my personas story through my work. Its very challenging but if I can pull it off, it will be one awesome book. It will take a few years to get everything done printed and added to the book, though it gives me some major goals to look forward to filling the pages.

In getting pictues printed out for the wedding and scrapbooks, I have discovered the awesomeness of walmart photo online. Its great to pick them up right up from work and just paying with my debit card, makes life easy. No extra effort in going there to download photos, crop, adjust exposure, and then print. All done from the ease of your desk, really cool. I have to say modern technology is super nifty, makes life easier but does come with its own set of challenges.

I got my prints back at the end of the week of getting married, its amazing how fast now with digital photography how easier it is to get things around. I am super impressed with how they all turned out, just lovely. Was able to get my mom to pick up some preprinted photos and she was able to enlarge some of her 4x6 and 5x7's to 8x10's. I know she is as pleased as I with how they turned out, she is sending them to friends and family.

So I know I have to pick up the sewing needle again to make progress on decorating the silk gowns. Oh speaking of silk gowns, I was able to purchase the Turquoise gown that I was interested in sometime back. The person who purchased it found she was needing a colonial gown and wasn't going to use the Turquoise gown, so she sold it to me for the price of my last bid. Not bad really, very happy to get it tried on the sleeves so I know they fit. So other than some decorative puffs and trim there should be no altering to fit. Oh I am going to be good and lay off the sweets to make sure I fit all these lovelies, its worth it. Just have to get back to the gym routine.

Well more things than I thought, but that is pretty much it for now. On the job market I am hoping for some new change of pace and praying for something better in the job department, here is to hoping its sooner than later.

Wishing, Hoping, and Waiting,

Maureen

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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