Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rocking Me like a Hurricane

Well we are going to get slammed head on by Hurricane Sandy, was hoping it would turn out to sea. Just not that lucky, supposed to start raining tonight and not stop for 4 days or more. Stocked up on drinking water and groceries, set up cans to catch rain water and tied them to the porch, the water will be used to flush the toilets. Tied down trash can to the porch and brought in all the outside decorations so they won't be taken by the wind. I live in a mobile home, so this is going to be one wild ride. Hoping that the tree outside the bedroom widow stays outside. As well as hoping the land lady does have the trailer secured/anchored to the ground. Beyond hoping that the power stays on, otherwise we will have to trek to a friends house for the next few days. Well if it floods as its did with Tropical Storm Lee in Sept 2011, will be interesting trek to work daily if we can make it there.  We will see if this storm is worse than Lee from last year. This is a pic of the storm at its heads toward the coast 20 hours earlier.


 Supposed to get some 30-60 mile per hours winds. That is what I am most concerned with is the power to keep heat and cooking. The park's water pump can go and we could manage with that, otherwise its going to be one long week.  I am more worried on the power outage, since we don't have alternative heat sources or cooking sources its supposed to get cold this week too. So lots of ready made food in the pantry that can be eaten cold if need be, yay chef boyardee, sandwiches, and other easy foods!
Sewing of course will be going on as the wind roars outside, dont need much light to do this and it will pass the time if the power goes out. I added some photo sketches of the gowns I am going to be making this week. I should call them the Hurricane gowns ;-P
In the spirit of the preparations thought would entertain the internet with The Scorpions song,
Rock You Like a Hurricane  I need to laugh to keep from worrying too much, looking into a portable heater that won't cost me an arm or leg. 
I can work on sewing and Justin can read in the dark but have a feeling we will be taking lots of naps or go to be early from eye strain, headache, or boredom. Though with the wind, I doubt I will sleep well.  I don't remember winds higher than 30 mph with Lee so Sandy being 30-50 mph wings this should be interesting. Wind sounds like more of a problem for us than the rain, they are expecting rain of 3-5 inches of rain or more depending on how long the storm sits over us.  Hope its faster moving than expected and less wind and rain than forecasted, fingers crossed! Well I plan to get some sewing done despite the weather, here is to hoping! If you don't hear from me in a few days its dues to power  issues, will keep you all posted.

Hanging Tight,

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