Sunday, September 23, 2018

Project Complete: Apple Green Wool Cotte

When I left off, this dress was sewn together with the body seams finished. The sleeves were sewn on, and I had buttons ready. I had an issue with the fit of the forearms, so I removed the forearms to repattern those. The neckline and hemming were also still awaiting finishing. I also knew that I disliked how the back gore draped, so I needed to troubleshoot that.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

How to Invest in Your Medieval Recreation When You're Broke

This post was cathartic to write, but I didn't originally think I'd share it. I decided to go ahead and post it because I know I'm not the only one who finds themselves in this boat. If you're struggling to know what to do when finances are tight, I hope this post helps you the way writing it has helped me.

Earlier in the year, my family had an unexpected financial emergency, so extra money to put toward events and SCA projects has been and will be mostly non-existent until next year. Not having funds for my hobby brings into focus the reality that improving my kit, checking boxes on my wishlist, and attending some events costs more the deeper into this hobby I go. A new, better, larger tent will be more expensive than the used little one with some issues. A pair of custom-made turnshoes in the exact period style you do will be more than the mass-produced generic pair you can pick up at any given War. It's easier to make it to the more local, cheaper day events than to shell out the extra for gas, food, and camping at larger events that are further away. So when money is tight, it can feel an awful lot like the ability to keep improving has stalled out.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

My SCA Origin Story

If you asked me to point to the first thing I can remember that made me go, "ooh, Middle Ages," I'd have to say it was Disney's animated Robin Hood. Robin and Marion were foxes. Prince John was an immature lion. There was a catchy, buddy-themed opening song that I remember to this day. Friar Tuck had a limit of patience. Sir Hiss was (and still is) my favorite character.

Fan art I did recently of Sir Hiss from Disney's Robin Hood.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

In-Progress: Heraldic Coin Purse

A few weeks back, the photos by Marc Stopel from a recent 13th Century event, Brandenburgfest, came through my feed. One of my friends pointed out the fabulous Spanish recreation. Hanging from the man's belt was a small embroidered purse hanging from a long strap, and I was smitten. Within a few days, I was plotting my own version of this as the home for the stamped coins I use as personal tokens. I just needed a pattern for the embroidery.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Conflict of Deadlines

There are very few occasions when my projects have hard deadlines. These usually come up when I've made promises to others, and a deadline is necessary for their sake. In general, though, I set deadlines to put some pressure on myself to complete my projects. If I have in my head that I want to wear the thing I'm making by a certain event, it helps me feel excited for both the garment and the event.

Until this green wool dress came along. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

In-Progress: Apple Green Wool Cotte

Something I haven't done for a long time is to share my dressmaking process as completely as possible from start to finish. Over the years, I've developed my methods, and they often repeat exactly from one dress to the next, so it's a bit weird for me to go into the details since it's mostly just repeating myself. This time, however, I had a few things I did differently, and it gave me an opportunity to more fully document the process for you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Decade is a Long Time

Today, this blog is ten years old. Ten! Older than my oldest child. Older than the length of time I've been at my job. Older than my mattress. Of course, that means I'm older too. A lot happens to a person in the span of ten years.

When I started this blog, I wanted an easy outlet to just share my progress of learning how to sew and do better research into medieval clothing. I had no idea what I was doing 10 years ago, beyond knowing that I wasn't doing many things right. Over the past decade, through this blog, you've seen me find my passions, hone my persona, develop my skills, and of course, most recently, become a Laurel. You've also been with me through a lot that you never even knew about. This blog has been a solid rock in my life.

This post isn't really about the journey so far, though. It's about the future. ...Which is ironic, seeing that this blog is primarily about recreating the past. But, I digress.

I've given a lot of thought to what I'd like to be doing with my time, energy, resources, and money, when it comes to this hobby. I have invested a lot of all of those things in the ten years I've been blogging, and in the 10+ years before that. I will invest more. Medieval recreation is a fixture of my life. One that I derive joy, purpose and entertainment from. I've known for a few months now, however, that I'm ready and eager for a slight change in direction.

Up until this point, I've mostly been focused on learning and personal growth. That's not to say that those things have an end point, but I do feel like they come organically now. I'm not a padawan learning the ways of the Force, if you will. Instead, I'd like to put my focus on completing the larger, complex or deep projects and ideas that seem to always be on my back burner. They don't necessarily make great blog content on a weekly basis, but they are things that I'm really interested in.

One of the larger projects that I will be working on is the creation and development of my in-hobby tailor's workshop. I've been researching medieval tailors, and working on creating a period atelier, and out of all the things I have a passion for right now, sharing my work in this area at events is the one I'm most focused on and excited about.

I feel now is the right time to drop my posting schedule more intentionally to just one or two a month. I don't know how long this will be the case, and I hope that further down the road, I can pick up the pace again. It's my thought here that with fewer posts through the year, I will be able to maintain the quality of writing and content I've managed to keep up so far while still being able to give time to the projects I wish to do now.

I will still be sewing. I will still be teaching. I still have a lot to share. There's at least another 10 years ahead, I would hope, and I look forward to sharing them with you. Thank you for being here with me.