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by Steve Schultz and Laura Ulak
Before last season’s Renaissance Festival, Steve came to me with a photo and a plan. He had found a photo of the Sheriff of MNRF and liked the style of the outfit he was wearing. I instantly knew which pattern he would need, as I had made a similar outfit years ago.
The style was a very traditional Henry VIII outfit:
The pattern was by Period Patterns, and is the Early Tudor Men’s Garments pattern, View IV, which you can find here. (A note about Period Patterns – the instructions can be confusing, and there are TONS of photos of portraits and such that are included with the pattern that confuse you even more. I would advise reading the instructions over several times before starting to cut out the garment.)
Steve wanted to do his own twist on the outfit and to incorporate leather (since he has a lot of experience sewing leather) and so we went through the process of making the outfit. I made a muslin and fitted it to him, and he took the muslin home, cut it out, and sewed the pieces. We had several meeting dates where he would put together various bits and pieces of the garment, and then we would meet to discuss fit, construction, etc. Occasionally I would cut out pieces or check the construction on something, but it was very much a “Teach One, Learn One” experience. I would demonstrate something, or do one side of something, and Steve would take the pieces home and work on the rest himself.
He also took apart pieces of jewelry that he found at various thrift stores and with the addition of other pieces he picked up at Joann Fabrics and Michael’s, he created a chain of office that was stunning:
The outfit Steve had picked was not necessarily complicated in terms of construction, but there were a lot of pieces and a lot of trim work, and some of the pieces were very large and unwieldy. Often people look at patterns and think “Oh, I can’t do THAT!” However, if the steps are broken down and only a bit is tackled at a time, people find out they are capable of much more than they think they are. And while initially it looked like I would be making most of the garment, in the end it was Steve who did the vast majority of the work himself, because he was able to break it down into manageable parts.
The final outfit was fantastic. It was well constructed, visually appealing, and had a big dose of Steve’s personality in it, which is something that helps to make an outfit successful. You don’t want the costume to wear you – you want to wear the costume and have it represent who you are.
The lesson here is to not be afraid of something just because it appears difficult or you have never made anything similar before. Steve was willing to take the leap, and the result was amazing:
Steve’s comments on the outfit and what MNSOC means to him: ”I am most proud of what I have learned from you about costuming and the enjoyment from expanding my knowledge with each and every new one I try to create… This is what MNSoC means to me and what I believe it has to offer everyone first and foremost – no matter who you are. That is why I have wanted to be a part of it, to share and learn.”
Please share in the comments what YOU have learned from MNSOC and it’s community of costumers.
By Jason Downing
by Jason Downing
On April 15th, MNSOC ran a Tricorn Workshop taught by the wonderful and talented Carol Strand. While the turnout for this class wasn’t as large as Carol’s previous Tiny Hat class, a good time was had by all who attended and there were some excellent results from first-time hat makers! Your fearless Treasurer (that’s me!) was in attendance for photo taking and what appears to be his new penchant, entertaining the class with high-quality multimedia presentations. By which of course I mean that I played some grainy YouTube videos on my iPhone that amused everyone quite a bit. Even a pirate-y song!
But enough about my hijinks – on to the tricorn and potatoes. Here are a couple samples of the pictures from the class:
It was amazing – in the moment that the shutter fired, the world turned a lovely shade of sepia!
The classy ladies of the tricorn workshop!
There’s more, too! Eighteen more, in fact, over at the MNSOC Flickr feed. Did you all know we had a Flickr feed? I bet you didn’t! Photos from classes and other events will generally be posted there within a week or so of the event. Key word, “generally” – I’m about four days late on this one. You may lash me with a wet noodle for my horrible transgressions at your convenience.
To go straight to the Tricorn workshop set, click here.
We’ll be finalizing our class schedule for the latter half of 2012 soon and hope to see both members and non-members alike! Remember that MNSOC members receive discounted registration for all classes. You ARE a member, aren’t you? Aren’t you? No? Then go here to see all the reasons that you should be!
As part of our mission, Minnesota Society of Costumers holds regular classes for the benefit of both its members and the general public. Paid members of MNSOC receive discounted registration fees for classes – typically, $3-5 less than the non-member rate. Our classes cover a wide variety of subjects, from creating a duct tape dummy (aka dressform-on-the-cheap), corsetry and our upcoming tricorn making class.
MNSOC relies on your support in order to provide classes and we generally require at least 5 registrations on file at least 1 week prior to the class to ensure that we can run the class as planned. Unfortunately, with less than 5, it is not cost-effective to run the classes due the rental and in some cases, instructor fees.
A listing of all current classes will always be located at http://mn-soc.org/events/classes/ and you can sign up for the class right from the page!
The duct tape dummy class in January was a great time and we had a great turnout. Many dummies were created that day, including a “lovely” camouflage one for one of our board members. In this photo, a pair of MNSOC members are beginning the process of covering the neck. Laura Ulak supervises to make sure that any nefarious uses for plastic wrap are not implemented!
In February, Laura Ulak lead a lecture-style class on corsetry and a demonstration of 18th century draping on women’s gowns.
Our next class is a hands-on tricorn workshop lead by Carol Strand on April 15th at the Textile Center in Minneapolis. At the time of this writing, 4 additional pre-registrations are required in order for this class to be run. Our Tiny Hat class last year was a huge success and we’re hoping to repeat it with this workshop. While the Renaissance Festival is still a few months away, there are a number of events (MNSOC or otherwise) on the horizon for which a tricorn would be at the height of fashion.
Plus, they’re cool, just like bow ties.
by Erin Schneider
Last week, I logged on to the Minnesota Society of Costumers brand-spankin’ new website to register for the Forums Page. Fortunately for everyone, I took notes on my experience, and I am here today to share them with you. Enjoy with a smile.
(Note – remember, you do NOT have to be a paid member of MNSOC to use the forums. However, if you are not a paid member, you will not have access to the Paid Members Only section. You will have access to everything else.)
Step one: Go to mn-soc.org.
Step two: Click on the Forums tab. It’s at the top of the page with all the other tabs.
Step three: Click on REGISTER in the lower, left-corner of the page.
Step four: Click on the button that says you agree to our terms. Resistance is futile.
Step five: Create a user name and password. Helpful Tip – make sure these are something you can readily remember for more than five seconds.
Step six: After you’ve clicked on the button that sends in your user name and password, you will receive an email. It will go to the email address you’ve chosen to associate with said user name and password. If you are a paid member, please use the email you used when you registered as a member. Go now to that email.
Step seven: An email will be waiting for you, welcoming you to the MNSoC Forums. Awwww. And you thought computers didn’t have feelings…
Step eight: YOU MUST ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT. The email will tell you to “visit the following link to activate your account.” Click on that link. Resistance is still futile.
Step nine: Save the welcome email so you have a copy of your user name, just in case you forget it. If you are a Paid Member you will be added to the Paid Member Only forum within 1-2 days of registering.
Step ten: Go back to mn-soc.org and, once again, click on the Forums tab.
Step eleven: Log in at the bottom of the page.
Step twelve: Forum away until your foruming heart is content.
Step thirteen: There is no step thirteen.
See? Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. And if you have any problems or questions, please don’t bring them to me. That’s what our Web Mistress is for. (Or anyone on the Contact Us page, really.)
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