My Project Journal Organizer!

So, I played with publisher, and totally made my own crafty project journal with weekly calendar and blog planner pages… 🙂
It’s fun – have it printed out double sided somewhere, then have it cut in half so you have 8×5 pages. Hole punch them for your mini binder or old day planner binder, and you’re set! 🙂

I’m trying to be more organized, as I tend to get messy and forget where I’m at on projects. 🙂

Yearly Calendars – 2014 and 2015 calendar pages. Print double sided, throw half a page away (couldn’t find a good 2016 or 2017 calendar page, so I’ll update this next year :))
half page calendar – blank monthly calendar, 4 per sheet. Cut in half, hole punch above the week line, and you’re golden.
Weekly Calendar 1 week per page. Cut in half, hole punch in side, and then I put the Weekly Blog Planner in between each page – it makes it so you can plan your blog next to your week if you want to.
Journal 01 4 different pages per sheet. Each sheet is a set. It’s annoying when cutting, but makes a nice 4 page worksheet with a blog planner in it.
Passwords – I tend to forget passwords. A lot. I constantly have to reset them, which gets annoying, so I’m totally using the hell out of this! 😀
Project Master lists – A project master list, with the name, start date, completion date, and cost on one side of the page, then a quick view project notes and materials list. a bit redundant, and I may end up just making a tear out shopping list page for in the project journal area. If I do, this will change.. 🙂

Hooray for HUGE projects!

I had a wonderful offer from a dear friend, Vittoria. She’s amazing – She knows so much about crafting medieval and renaissance clothing that it boggles my mind sometimes..

So she offered a huge deal – to teach me how to make my own garb, patterns and all, from the skin out. By hand. If I do this, by hand, and using things like linen and silk and such for all threads and fabric, she’ll help me. Amazing, right? Also, I must blog it. 🙂

What makes it more awesome (not that much could, because WOW!!!! Learning from someone who’s a MASTER!) She also offered, if i do this project…. BEAUTIFUL fabric for the overdress… 🙂

So, there’ll be a new page up here in a minute, the Garb of Amazing Handsewingness, to help track some of my progress.

So far – List of articles I want to make, and ordering 5 yards of white linen for the underpants! 🙂

It will be SO AMAZINGLY FUN… 🙂

Tudor Dress – Front lacing?

So, I use mostly portraits to research costuming – it makes it so I’m sure of how it probably looked (artistic license makes it impossible to know for sure), and it’s fun to make a dress in the style of my favorites.

Something I’ve been working on lately is fastening the dresses – being a SCAdian, and going to a lot of camping events being single – means either having to figure out how to fasten everything in the front, or run around the campsite yelling ‘Can someone lace me in?’ That would be fun, but I can imagine the remarks ‘How bout I unlace you’ would be the most PG 13 of all of them.

So I’m making my pair of bodies front-lacing, but that doesn’t help if I have to lace my dress up the back. You see a lot of Venetian ladies with front lacing dress, but very little about where and how the dresses of the Tudor era fasten. I believe that they laced up the front, and here’s my evidence.

If you look at the Study for the Portrait of the More Family, you’ll notice that some of the ladies show what looks like lacing in the front. These ladies were reasonably well-to-do, and would likely have had servants to help them dress, yet their dresses fastened in front?

The portraits of Mrs. Pemberton, Lady More, and Jane Seymore show what look like pinheads on the side of the front of their dresses – could this be a ‘stomacher’ panel pinned on one or both sides to cover up lacing? I believe so. Also, look at the sittow portrait of Katherine of Aragon – She’s got what looks like her chemise, then another undertype dress on that gaps at the top, then either a stomacher over it, or another dress. to keep the undertype dress closed to that point would have probably taken lacing. 🙂

So, I’m totally going to use front lacing, and a stomacher panel with hook-and-eye closing it on the side (which are period) to avoid poking myself with pins. 😀


  • Mrs. Pemberton
  • Lady More
  • Jane Seymour
  • The study for the Holbein portrait of the More Family
  • Detail 1 of more family portrait
  • Katherine of Aragon