Thursday, July 25, 2013

Great Things Come to Those Who Wait...

Great things are coming, I could feel it in my gutt and for no reason from what I could tell. I didn't know what but I knew it was something good. I told a close friend this exact phrase in an email two weeks ago. Boy I was right! Out of the blue with no communication, I got a job offer from a pest control company for a pest technician job. My Jedi powers are stronger than I thought;-) This is the job that I will be my first salaried job. Myself will make in one year, what combined my husband and I make together at our current employment gross. So its going to be a major step up for Justin and I financially. I hope we can find something as great like this for him.

 Thrilled of course, I couldn't be more pleased and accepted the offter. I am currently working with my new boss to get my old paperwork current, filling out information for various checks and employment tests done. We are thinking that my start date will not be till the 2nd week in August depends when all the results come back. I did inform my current employer but have yet to get an official start date, so I am waiting to get that all finalized. They are appreciative of the notice so they can start looking. I hope I get some more information soon, want to get the ball rolling ASAP.


On the sewing front, I am working on the Teal and Coral Tudor gown and almost done with the outter gown its looking very close to the portrait. Bought some more boning to stiffen bodices, I am going to sew some in the Gold and White Tudor Gown too. So I really think it will give it some pizazz and definition. When they are complete with beading I will post photos and of them on here along with the Renaissance Red Velvet and Gold Brocade Gown, Renaissance Green Brocade White Velvet Gown, and the three embroidered lace cauls just completed. I hope soon I will have lots to take pictures of new gowns to make a feast for the eyes.

Speaking of gowns with the new job I will not be able to devote time to making gowns as much as before. Which it will be nice not to depend so much on gown sales to make income for the household. So any project progress will be slow for me and custom orders will take alot longer to complete. I may work 60 hour weeks being on salary with my new job so its important to focus on my new employment for now. Though custom orders are open for those interested please contact me via email faerydustcollector@gmail.com

Thanks a gain to all my dedicated followers to this blog, your feedback is valuable to keep this fresh and interesting. Over 19,000 views, 16 followers, and over 190 posts later we are still going strong!

Appreciative,

Lady Mairin

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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