Friday, September 14, 2018

Visit me on Facebook - Blogging Break

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. I have been very busy and sometime find blogging hard to dedicate the time to. I do post what I am working a lot more on Facebook, so if you are interested visit here, till I get time to update the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Favourite Friday: Favourite Era

Hello, Friends!

Since I have jumped on the #CoBloWriMo bandwagon, to try and get better at writing about my projects, Fridays are favourite posts. This weeks topic is a little hard for me. You see, I have a lot of favourite eras depending on who I am speaking to, and what I am doing.

If I am speaking to someone in the SCA, then easily it is the 16th century. Now it could be English, German or the Netherlands. They are all up for grabs. ;)

If we are talking other eras, I have always loved the 18th century. The bigger the dress the better. How could you not love all the frills and flounces and structure? Not to mention the hair.

I have to say I love a lot of different eras, each having their own special something that makes it unique. I have plans for Regency (the 1810s), Early Canada (1867), Full out Victorian bustle (1880s) and the 1940-50s. It is very hard to pick just one era that is a favourite.

I hope to dip my foot into the various eras I love, so stay tuned. :)


Trying Something New

Let me grab the duster over here...hmmm...maybe I really need a vacuum. lol

I want to apologize to anyone who tries to read this regularly, the last post was over a year ago, and really a lot has happened. I will do some event posts in the next little while, but I wanted to try an experiment.

There is a Facebook group called the Costume Blog Writing Month, or CoBloWriMo for short, where they help inspire people to blog every day. This August is the first one I want to try. They provide blog post prompts for every day, and I am obviously terrible at the blog thing, so let's see if I can do it.

As you can see I am already 4 days behind. Sigh.

August 1, 2017 - Introduce Yourself

I know many of you may already know who I am, but for some, I am just a random internet person (Hey!). My name is Erin T. and I am an amateur experimental historian (Or I like to think I am XD). I play in the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) as Emelote of Calais. I currently reside in the Kingdom of Ealdormere (Ontario) in the Barony of Skraeling Althing (Eastern Ontario). I have been playing for ten years now. (WOW!)

I come from a theatre back ground (I graduated from University with an Honours BA in Theatre) and have been interested in history forever. (Thank you Bedknobs and Broomsticks!) My main interests are the 16th century (within the SCA) and to be able to enjoy my other favourite costuming periods I started a Facebook group called Historical Costume Society of Eastern Ontario. Where we try and meet up in different period clothing to events, or museums or tea. Whatever strikes our fancy to get dressed up and do something with like-minded people. I love the 18th through to mid 20th-century clothing. So on this blog, it now tends to have a bit of everything.

My main interests (besides clothing) is housewifery. What is that? Well, anything that has to do with what women did at home and for the family. That could be cooking, clothing, washing, weaving, dyeing, cheese making, gardening, etc. It gives me a lot to play with, but also a lot of different things to be distracted by. I find I mainly concentrate on the Tudor period for that stuff, and clothing for everything else.

Welcome to my kitchen sink! lol

You can reach me here, on my Facebook page - Emelote's A&S Challenges, my Pinterest page for Emelote, and my Tudor cooking blog called The Tudor Kitchen.

August 2&3, 2017 - Current Project/Extant Garment

Hmmm...current project. Well, the problem with this is that I always have projects on the go. Let's see what I have on the docket. (besides cleaning up the sewing room) I use extant garments where possible to base my projects on. So I will count this post as 2 days. ;)

1867 Plaid Dress (with all the trimmings). 

I have always wanted to do this period and Canada's 150th birthday was an excuse to come up with someone. BUT...this summer just hasn't worked out for me to work on it. I have all the fabric and patterns to do it, I just need to do it. I am hoping to have it done by the fall. Here is my inspiration from All the Pretty Dresses blog.

 This is a wonderful transition gown, the change from the round silhouette of the early 1860s to the early bustle era. It was hard to decide what to do for an exact date, there are a lot of extant examples in the museums. The main question was, would Canada have had this dress you see in the Paris fashion plates at this time or would the style arrived later? I am choosing to go with as close to 1867 as I can manage, but, it was something I thought about.

I need to make the corset, the elliptical cage, the petticoats and the gown with day bodice. Now, if I have enough fabric, I will make an evening bodice to go with it.

Most of the gowns I have seen on museum sites are in silk taffeta, so mine in wool tartan will behave differently, but I am excited to try it. It should be perfect for the fall in Canada too.

I will post more about this as I work on it. I also owe quite a few updates from last year. I plan on writing about my final 1740s gown, the 1790s white dress and a few domestic projects from this year. So stay tuned.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forage into the 18th Century

This is my first post in a while, to catch you up, I have been working on an 1740 (ish) a la Français gown for an upcoming National Gallery of Canada exhibit on Marie Antoinette's portrait artist  Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. I was taking a course with Outlandish Canada (the Outlander fan group) and met some great ladies, and we decided to show off our creations at the exhibit.

Woman's Dress and Petticoat (Robe à la française) | LACMA Collections
I have been following more 18th century blogs lately as I am working on my gown. I have been following this excellent blog for just a short time and today's post really hit me. I have been keeping track of how many hours I have been putting into this gown (I have not really done that for any of my SCA clothes) and she talks about the cost of our historical clothes.

This gown (yet to be named) has a lot of hand sewing in it. More than I have ever done before, and I am not exclusively hand sewing, so it could be so much more. I don't think I am there yet in skill or in available time, but I have come to enjoy the hand-sewing more than I thought I ever would. It has given me time to spend with the Husband watching TV. Where I would usually be stuck in the basement by my machine alone. I am still doing a lot of that, but a little less than usual.

I am excited for this gown to be complete and on display. I have found passion in sewing again, and have many new adventures queuing up for the next year.

Also, I challenge my friends who do historical costumes/clothing - can you estimate what your most expensive outfit with and without labour? Post it here and be proud of the work you all do to look amazing at events! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cleaning up the blog

Hi all,

I have spent the last two days doing some cleaning of this blog, so many pages are not complete content wise, and some are. Please have some patience. I have linked my cooking blog The Tudor Kitchen for easy access, as well as my Facebook page.

I hope in the next couple of weeks this will be flushed out and posting what I am up to.

Thanks for the patience!