Friday, July 24, 2015

Sewing is an Exercise in Patience....

Well I had to make some white linen bands that have skirt hooks to hold up my skirts from the mud of Pennsic made two of those. Very period but whipped them out on the sewing machine out of natural linen, will need to make another set handsewn with bleached linen. For now and immediate use these will do their purpose. Repaired my Chatelaine from wear use, lined my straw hat, added more tokens to my token belt favor, and found all my stockings and shoes.

Dug out my jewelry, veils, partlets, coifs, belts, aprons, shirts, and smocks, My kirtles are all hung up and ready to be packed. All I need is to pick out a couple of court based outfits for later. Plan on packing an iron but not sure how unwrinkled and clean I can keep my garb during the process of Pennsic. Fingers crossed and lots of luck!!!

Will have to keep my phone charged up for pictures in my varied looks. I do intend on posting during Pennsic to keep one and all updated with my garb adventures.

One more week and I can go homeward bound to Pennsic. Keep you all in suspense till then ;-)
Back to Packing,

Lady Marrin

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pennsic here I come....

Well the last week has been filled with Pennsic projects since finishing the 22 belt favors for Their Majesties. Bought and lined a straw hat for Vince and fixed mine and lined it as well. I fixed his felt hat as it was misshaped due to wetness. Ironed it and used one of my foam head models to shape it properly. Fixed mine by refreshing with the iron and cleaning off the animal hair that had accumulated. Now to complete Vince's hat with plumes and a pin. I finished a pocket for myself and a token displaying belt favor, Vince made me a leather belt and put bosses on the outside of it from another belt. I have to fix one item on my chatelaine but that is to come after current work.

 Looking for rain boots since the summer is wet. Some roads are only open to foot traffic at Pennsic due to the mud. Hoping to find a pair of over rain boots to fit my canvas comfy shoes. I also am looking at insoles for all the walking that will be done, my feet will be sore without them. Bought a red velvet lint brush, meant more for home but will help with garb and keeping things fur free.

Finished my larger plain coif and documentation, finished the plain sleeping cap and documentation, finished class documentation on coif, and am 90% of the way through my 1560's ruff documentation. I have to finish making my kits for the classes and make a 1560's neck ruff including the steps in the documentation. Feel in good standing for Pennsic War week being 2 weeks away. I won't be there during peace week. Glad since I have so much going on at home at need to make sure my Cats are all squared away with food and litter for the cat sitter.

Well it all goes well, entering the mad rush phase of July. The less needing purchased the less to buy on the way or on site. War practice was a good dry run for Pennsic seeing what does fit in my friends SUV. Things are coming along well to be prepared for the hot dry/damp week of war. Besides finishing class kits and one last A&S project, my goal this weekend is to pack and stack as much ahead. Work on an inventory of items going to Pennsic so I can account for my things.

Working my permanent later shift at work has made it more difficult to manage time for prep other than weekends or mornings. I now know why my parents woke early on weekends to get errands done. Responsibility bites sometime, though no one is going to do things for me. So early it is on days off till Vacation kicks in.

Back to it,

Lady Marrin

Peacock

Peacock

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