Saturday, October 22, 2011

Duchie Award

I just popped over to Romantic History and saw that not only did she receive a very well-deserved blogger award, the Duchie Award, she passed it along to me as well.  Thanks so much Sarah Jane!

The rules for receiving the Duchie Award are to post on your blog, in any order:
  1. Five things you love about historical costuming
  2. At least three blogs to pass the Duchie Award onto
  3. A link back to the blogger who awarded you the Duchie
Since I already gave a shout-out to Romantic History above, I suppose I could keep going backwards and pass the award on to three others next.  My picks are:

Medieval Threads- Whenever I read a new post from Heidi, I'm convinced that she's my reenacting soul sister.  She's always got a nifty project going on, and has a very wide range of crafty interests.  I love her creative approach to costuming problem-solving, and I've enjoyed watching her projects as they unfold.

A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle- Sarah has such a sophisticated way of approaching her projects, and the word that always comes to mind when I read her blog is "graceful".  She's a fellow mom-to-be (due soon, as I understand from what she's shared) so I've really enjoyed seeing how she's handled her pregnancy with her garb and all the neat baby items she's made.

Neulakko- Since coming across Elina's blog some time ago, it has become one of my standard inspirational go-to's.  She is a master seamstress, has a wonderfully engaging sense of humor and surprises me often with timely posts that always seem to somehow relate to things I'm currently working on or feeling.

Alright, so that leaves the 5 things I love about historical costuming.  This was actually tricky for me.  If you've been reading for a while you may have realized that I have something of a love-hate relationship with my garb.  It took me a moment to realize, however, that this was probably due more to my technical skills in terms of dress construction than what I really feel about historical costuming.  So here are the 5 things I came up with:
  1. Historical Costuming is iconic fashion that's easy to understand.  Though this blog is primarily about my attempts at making garb, my true focus is researching medieval fashion.  When you understand the context of fashion trends, you begin to see their logic.  While this still holds true to modern fashion, it's harder to see.  Looking back 500+ years, it's easier to see the way people used clothing for both practical and function purposes.
  2. The level of construction skills required for historical fashion require an appreciation for craftsmanship.  While I definitely feel that I lack in this area, I still love the challenge it poses.  We don't take quality and craftsmanship in our clothing as seriously in the modern world as we used to.  We typically equate quality with expense now, which was not the case in the past- even a peasant had well-made clothing.
  3. Historical clothing is more comfortable.  I can say that, though, only because my time period of choice doesn't require a corset!  Seriously, though, there's something infinitely more comfortable about a custom-made dress than any pair of jeans off the rack.
  4. Making historical clothing provides the perfect opportunity to use and appreciate natural materials.  This is something I've come to realize only in the past year, but I get a real feeling of satisfaction and luxury wearing linen or wool which completely overrides the comfort of cotton.
  5. There are very few patterns to follow, making historical costuming a great learning experience.  It may sometimes seem tedious to figure out the pattern on what should be a simple dress, but doing so provides not only that wonderful moment of "look what I made, it also provides the perfect outlet for creative ingenuity that might otherwise be wasted.  It's one thing to use a modern pattern and follow directions, it's completely different, and much more rewarding, to wing it and still come up with an awesome, period-accurate outfit.
So, there you have it- my response to the Duchie Award!  Thanks again to Sarah Jane for awarding it to me!

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