Monday, December 31, 2007

Checking the Stash

So now that I had my list of clothing items to make, it was time to check my fabric stash to see what I had to make them out of:

A lovely white cotton to make the smock out of.
A sage green cotton broadcloth to make the petticoat out of.
A beautiful piece of blue linen / cotton mix fabric to make my kirtle and sleeves out of.
Some burgundy canvas to interline the bodice of the kirtle with.
Some left over (aren't scraps wonderful) fustian in dark blue to line the bodice of the kirtle with.
A wonderful shade of yellow for the cotton broadcloth to line the skirt of the kirtle with.
Some black cotton fabric to make the partlet from, and some unbleached muslin to line it with.
Oh yes, some more unbleached muslin for an apron.

(Yeah, I know, it's all mostly cotton, but when you are in a hurry and you're not sure you will like to wear the outfit again, use what you have.)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

And so it begins

My research into my Tudor style clothing for the Magna Faire event took me to some great websites. (From one of the websites I ordered a book to go with the others that I already had.)

At first I felt a little overwhelmed when I read some of what I would have to make, but I just got started anyway. After a while, I don't think it bothered me so much how many articles of clothing I had to make as how much time I had to make them in. Sure, we were asked months ago to do this (if we decided to wear Tudor), however, with my overloaded schedule, I didn't get to start working on my outfit until about two weeks before the event.

I started printing the information from the websites out to put in a three ring binder (I am all about notebooks) so I could have easy access to the information while I was sewing. (It's a little hard to use a computer and a sewing machine at the same time. )

I made a list of all of the garments that I would need to make:
Smock, petticoat, kirtle with bodice, apron, partlet, and over sleeves to pin on

And, I made a list of the items that I would need to obtain:

My Laurel (the lady I am apprenticed to) had already previously made me a very comfortable cap (mind you, I am not normally fond of wearing headwear, but I really like this cap she made me).

The next step was to see what materials I had and could use for each of the articles in the list I had made.

Here's a list of some of the websites I accessed to get the information I needed to make this outfit: - The Tudor Costume Page: This is a wonderful website by a lady who does re-enactment at Kentwell Manor in England. - Another wonderful site. It even has custom corset and smock generators. - She has some amazing tutorials on her site. - This is the website for Ninya Mikhaila. She is a costumer in England who does costumes for heritage sites, local museums, etc. Her photo gallery is a must see. - This is the site I bought the book that I used for most of my outfit from. It was drool at first site the minute I got the book in my hands.

New clothes

So, recently, I went to an event called MagnaFaire.

Everyone in the household I belong to was asked (stress the word asked) to make the attempt to wear something from the Tudor time period, as that was the theme of the event.

I was looking around saying, "I am a Viking, what do I know Tudor?"

So, I started the research thing. I found lots of interesting stuff. I actually had a lot of fun making the stuff I wore to the event.

I am going to make an attempt to post over several entries about the outfit I made to wear to the event. (There might even be pictures.)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Long time, no post

Talk about being a slug. It's been four months since the last time I posted.

However, I have stuff to post this time. I will just have to do it a bit at a time there is so much.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Stained Glass - Almost

It has taken me a while to get back to post the photos on the "Great Stained Glass Project" our group did. We discovered it took a lot of work, effort, and people to make this thing happen. In the end it looked great though.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Getting ready for working at an event

The local living history group that I belong to (Shire of Thorngill of the Kingdom of Meridies of the S.C.A.) is hosting an event next weekend (June 29 - 30, 2007) at a campsite near Cullman, AL. We are all working hard to get things to come together to make sure everyone will have a good time.

The ladies (especially my friend Charmaine) are working on putting together some "stained glass" made from black posterboard and tissue paper. The idea is to create works of art to hang in the windows that give the impression of stained glass. I will try to take some pictures next weekend and post them.

Several other ladies are planning a feast of wonderful and tasty foods to serve to everyone on Saturday night.

The gents are coming up with plans for parking, meetings, tournaments, and other such ideas for entertaining people.

We'll all work hard next weekend but in the end it will all be worth it because I am sure that everyone who comes will have a good time. If I can remember my camera, I will take pictures and share with everyone.

I'm a slacker

Boy, I'm a slacker.

I started this blog to give myself a way to talk about my hobby and hopefully interest some other people in it and I haven't made any posts in more than two months. Either I'm lazy or I have been too busy to remember to post. I guess I'd better get busy and start coming up with some articles and things to publish and talk about.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Research Junkie

I have always been interested in history. In fact, a few of my friends said that it didn’t surprise them in the least when they had heard I had joined a "living history" group.

It's a wonderful feeling being able to dress in clothing from the different time periods, developing a persona, and interacting with people doing the same thing. It is not uncommon to see a Viking standing next to a Tudor lady or even a samurai standing next to a Persian. This is the exciting thing about the Society for Creative Anachronism. Not only can you learn about different time periods, but you can learn about different cultures from those time periods.

A persona is a character that you create to be when you are in attendance at events (gatherings). Mine is from "Viking era" Dublin, in Ireland.

Even though I study this time period specifically, it is not the only time period I study. I have been accused of being a research junkie, so I will research almost any topic relating to the Society's time periods.

I would like to start posting some of the research and information that I have come across over the years. If you think of a subject that you would like to see some information on here, send me a comment. If you see something here that you have more information on, send a comment. I would love to hear from everyone.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Hobbies are a good way to spend time. They can be quiet (such as painting or puzzle solving), noisy (playing music), physical (i.e., tae kwon do, airsoft), educational (reading), and some can be all of the above such as living history re-enactment or recreation. No matter what your hobby, you do it because there is an element of pleasure and fun involved.

My particular hobby deals with re-creating the Middle Ages "as they should have been." I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

To better explain what we do, I am including a quote directly from the Society's website:

"The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our "royalty" hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group."

There is more information to be had at their website, including information about local groups that might be close to you.

For me, I enjoy researching, studying and trying to recreate the arts and sciences of these time periods (i.e., weaving, sewing, cooking, etc.). The best part, however, is when I get together with groups of other people who are interested in the same things. We can swap information and learn from each other, as well as, just socialize.

NOTE: These comments and opinions are expressly those of the author and in no way to be construed as official or unofficial opinions of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Getting Started

Ever have one of those moments where you don't have any clue what to do to get a project started? That's what I am experiencing at this moment. I haven't really ever worked with a blog before and so haven't really any idea where to start.

I must admit I picked a really good day to start working. The sun is shining, its 80-something degrees outside, and it's lunch time. On second thought I'll start tomorrow.