27 February 2021 – or What Was I Thinking?!?!?!

Hello fellow contestants, managers, judges and others. I have reached the point in this project where I am wondering what the HECK I was thinking by signing up!

Yes, I am away it is only Day 1 – but in these uncertain times there is no sense in postponing the freak out is there?

By way of introduction, I play Fallon (Richardsdottir) of Berwick, a woman living in the northern reaches of Britain not too far from Lindesfarm in the decades before and after the Conquest. One of the things I like a lot about this period are the clothes, especially not having stays / corsets / bodies.

So why oh why am I attempting a complete Tudor-era gown of approximately the 1530s? Well, it is because of these fabrics.

I came across the materials with the stripes and the brocade about five years ago at a quilt show. They had been donated to that Guild, however as they are not quilt-weight fabric but more upholstery and interior decoration, the group was giving them away to anyone who wanted them. I thought then, even though I was not actually active yet in the SCA that they would make an amazing outfit.

The fur was found at an artist collaborative a few years ago, they were losing their lease and moving so everything was priced to move it out the door. So these pieces of faux-fur along with the red ribbon and gold braid, along with another gray “fur” piece came home for uner $10.

Wish me luck -as I am already questioning my sanity!

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One Response to 27 February 2021 – or What Was I Thinking?!?!?!

  1. Beatrice Domenici della Campana says:

    Hello, Fallon! I’m Beatrice, and I’m one of the judges for your group!

    A switch in periods (no matter the direction in time) can be stressful, so kudos to you for being willing to step outside your comfort zone and try something completely new!

    I’d love to see a photo or other image of the final dress that you’re planning, or a list of which fabrics you plan to use for what parts–I sometimes find that having an image to refer to helps calm the “what am I *doing*?!?” panic when the minutia gets overwhelming and you lose sight of the beautiful goal.

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