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It has been quite awhile since I have posted, and for that I apologize. Since my last post, seven or so months ago, I have created very little that was picture worthy. I have been extremely busy with school--or at least I was last semester. This semester, my final semester, consists of one class and working at hobby lobby. This past fall aside from juggling a full time class schedule, working friday and saturday at hobby lobby, and designing costumes for a main stage production.

Last weekend was the commemoration of the Battle of the River Raisin, fought in present day Monroe, Michigan. It was the bloodiest battle on US soil during the war of 1812. For the reenactment I created a new blanket coat to keep out the subzero temperatures of Michigan in January.
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The coat is made of a thick wool and cotton coating fabric. I dyed it green and threw it in the dryer to tighten it up much as possible. I half expected it to shrink from a blanket size piece of fabric to a wash cloth size, but i was very happy to find i only lost a few inches off each side.

Here are a few photos, courtesy of Katie, of the ragtag american line.







The event quite enjoyable, and the extreme cold only added to the knowledge of what those soldiers of 1813 felt.
As of right now there are 78 hours till I get to see the love of me life. Miss Samantha Bullat.

The hours cannot pass fast enough. But I know once I am in her arms they will past much too quickly.

Something for UTR

Decided against the red breeches in favor of a pair i have already completed.
Feel this is a greet idea since i can now wear my striped socks with the red waistcoat (I felt a red waist coat with matching breeches and red striped socks would be too much.)



Banyan by Katie Jacobs.

I still have to complete the coat for that outfit and brown linen breeches for my working dress.

Countdown to W-burg.

Nine more days till we pack up the car and head out to the old capital of Virginia. Still have a lot of too, but as much as there is to start and finish I feel it is quite doable.

To do list:

-Linen shirt with basted on ruff.

-Extra shirt if time allows

-Red waistcoat, with enameled buttons

-Red breeches

-Brown breeches

-Striped coat with death head buttons

-Apron

-Finish Tyler's coat

-Finish short jacket


Wow.... I'm feeling less positive about being able to finish it all...

Apr. 3rd, 2010

GO MICHIGAN STATE!!

Your Assistance Please!

For one of my classes I need to create a survey and pass it out. Rather than trying to pass out surveys in the student union I decided to put it up here and also on facebook. Please help me out. I will be forever ever in your debt.

Instructions:

Please indicate which answer best applies for you either by bolding, underlining, italicizing, etc.

Sex
Male Female

How many garments did you construct last year?
0-1 2-3 4-5 5-7 7-10 10+

How many of those were for yourself?
0-1 2-3 4-5 5-7 7-10 10+

How many of them were historical?
0-1 2-3 4-5 5-7 7-10 10+

Do you consider yourself a historical reenactor?
Yes No

If you do consider yourself a reenactor what era(s) do you reenact?
Medieval Renaissance English Civil War French and Indian War
American Revolution Napoleonic/Regency/War of 1812 American Civil War
WWI WWII Other_______________

Are there any eras you wish you could reenact?
Medieval Renaissance English Civil War French and Indian War
American Revolution Napoleonic/Regency/War of 1812 American Civil War
WWI WWII Other_______________

How many reenacting events did you attend last year?
0-1 2-3 4-5 5-7 7-10 10+

How many of those were balls/dances not connected to an encampment or battle?
0-1 2-3 4-5 5-7 7-10 10+

What state and country are you located?
______________

On average how much do you spend on a complete outfit? (Do not include jewelry or ready-made clothing. I am pretty much asking how much do you spend on fabric and supplies.)
$0-$50 $51-$75 $76-$100 $101-$150 $151-$200 $201-250 $251+

What is the most you have ever spent on a historical outfit? (Do not include jewelry or ready-made clothing. I am pretty much asking how much do you spend on fabric and supplies.)
$0-$50 $51-$75 $76-$100 $101-$150 $151-$200 $201-250 $251+

How important is it to you to use fabric that contains the appropriate fiber content for the period of the garment you are constructing? 1 being very unimportant and 10 being very important.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Waistcoat and cravat.

I have not accomplished much sewing wise lately...

but here is an 1812 waistcoat I need to have done for the Kalamazoo Living History in two weeks.

It is linen and linen-cotton. I still need to do button holes...








I've saved the best for last!

More proof that I am the luckiest guy on this earth. The lovely Miss Samantha hand made me a beautiful pink cravat (well two actually-the first was lost my our US postal service). She thought it might be too much for me. Ahaha--she still has a bit to learn about me.










I cannot wait to wear it at Greenfield Village in May!

Wolfman

Here are a few pictures of my work on the GVSU School of Music's production of Into the Woods. I was in charge of the princes and the wolf.















Quick evening project.

Finally got my sewing ambitions back.

After putting 150% into my college's production of Into the woods (pictures to come) I am finally over the burn out.

After watching The Great Train Robbery today I decided I needed a cap similar to one that Sean Connery wears while running on the top of the train.





If you haven't seen the film I highly recommend it. The menswear is fantastic.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/27655/the-great-train-robbery


Also RIP Alexander McQueen. A great English Tailor.

Present for a special someone.

Slashed doeskin and silk mitts for my valentine. Hand sewn with linen and cotton threads.




I hope she like them and I pray they fit.

Fabric is a fun silk I'm sending along for her to do with as she wishes.