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Thursday, November 14th, 2013
9:57 am
"Draping an English Gown" A Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor
Have you ever wanted to attend a workshop on draping a gown and you just haven't made it to Williamsburg or Massachusetts?

From the Pottsgrove Manor Fb page:
Janea Whitacre, Mistress Milliner and Mantua-maker in the Department of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will lead a workshop on draping an English-style gown using 18th-century techniques. By the end of the weekend, participants will have a gown partially constructed and the knowledge to complete it on their own.

Ages 14 and up; fee: $150 per person for the weekend (includes Sat. & Sun. lunches; fabric & notions not included). Participants should have experience in hand sewing and garment construction and should have a shift, under-petticoat, and a well-fitted pair of stays. Class size is limited to 16; registration & payment required by March 28th.
Sunday, May 6th, 2012
2:46 pm
Movie short
One of my Guild mates shared this on Facebook the other day, and I just got around to watching it. I thought folks in this comm might like it.

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
12:20 am
Cosplay vs. Reenacting
Found a young, if slightly confused Soldat in Seoul, South Korea.

He has the basics, but wrong shoulder boards (Volksmarine/Navy) for Nationale Volksarmee. Can't fault him for the AirSoft AK, no real choice here.

Not sure what's under the helmet, or what shirt he's wearing under his uniform. Setting him right should be relatively easy, just need to scour my dealers/outfitters for the rest of it, and he's willing to get this right.

But first, those boots, and getting the FDA trousers out of them... :D

X-posted @ my LJ.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
3:29 pm
An Article on reenacting

Thought members of this community would enjoy this article.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
11:33 pm
As mentioned in the comments of the last post, I spent last weekend in Colonial Williamsburg, in the company of several 18th century reenactors. Pictures here

There are some photos of the Accessories Exhibit at the DeWitt Wallace museum. Sadly, shooting through the cases sometimes leads to blurry pictures.

And some are of our crew, fooling around in the gardens at the Governor’s Palace.
Monday, November 7th, 2011
1:40 pm
Does anyone still read this community? I'm new here, and also new to reenacting. I am currently portraying distaff for a British Rev War unit in Mass. I am looking to make more friends!

Thanks :)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
8:38 am
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
6:26 pm
Weekly Question - Winter Projects?
Here in the Northern hemisphere the days are shorter. And colder. And if you're like me, you're hunkered down for the winter. Time to repair the gear, and make new gear. So this week's question is "What projects are you working on this winter?"

Inspired by the recent release of a new costume guide from the Companie of Sanyt George, I'm working on an illustrated set of Costume Guidelines for our group. So far the project has been a lot of fun, poring over my image collection looking for examples of various garments. I've also noticed a few new details (always a bonus!).

Once that's done, I'll be sewing myself some new, improved garb. That ought to be enough to get me through the dark days of winter.
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
7:34 am
Um, is this thing on? *pokes*
Seems like so many people that I used to read here have defected to FaceBook. Or to DreamWidth. Anyone still reading and writing over here on Live Journal?

So, it's winter. Which means I'm stuck in the house and on teh Intarwebs again. Time to poke this community and start up my nosy questions again.

This week's question - Did Santa bring you anything spiffy for your kit this year?

Or, did you give/make anyone something spiffy for their kit this year?
Friday, October 15th, 2010
6:23 pm
Clothing query for a Dickensian 'look'
I have a new job! I'm a performer at Dickens World. Which basically means I wear 'period' clothes and interact with the public all day. Much like re-enacting, really. It's good fun, the people are good. And the 'look' of the place is great!

I have one question for those who would know such things - and, fellow re-enactors, please don't die of shock. I do do authentic period correct stuff when I'm out re-enacting, although I play a male role.

I basically would like a corset or stays and a bodice. Now, I don't want to spend a fortune and it doesn't have to be spot-on period correct, so long as it 'looks right' (bear in mind that I and others are wearing modern skirts in several layers, and I have a nightdress doing duty for a chemise and you'll get what I mean). I would be happy to get something early 1800's, even though I don't really plan on doing camp follower at re-enactment events, just so that I don't feel I am wasting my money if I can't get anything else cheap.

I'm fairly thin, but top-heavy (I take a 38D bra) and my boobs aren't exactly what you would call 'pert'. So, people. What would you recommend and where should I look? I'm not great at sewing and don't want to have to attempt to make something unless there is no other other option.

If anyone is getting rid of something that would work, I would definitely be interested in acquiring it, and would pay reasonable costs. I'm not upper-class - most of Dickens' characters were from the extremely-poor end of the scale, so anything too posh is definitely out!
Sunday, October 10th, 2010
8:51 am
Here's a news story that's starting to make its rounds. About a Congressional candidate being criticized for reenacting as a WWII German.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
10:37 am
New England peeps, come visit us!
I keep forgetting to pimp our show here! (Work has been busy. Ugh.)

Das Geld Fahnlein has a living history encampment at the Connecticut Rennaissance Faire this fall. If you're in the New England/New York area we'd love to see you. We've already had a couple members of the local reenactment community stop by to visit and talk shop (muskets, tents, cooking) with us. And when WMA author (and CT resident) Christian Tobler showed up with a couple of friends, the Hauptmann took them out back to the field for some pike drill. =)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
12:30 pm
Friday, August 27th, 2010
9:39 pm
Reenacting = LARPing?
Last week I was out to lunch with some coworkers. Some of them know that I reenact, and some of them don't, and as a topic it came up. Apparently, they had been discussing this when I wasn't present (not in a negative way, just in a by-the-bye kind of way) and there was some question of whether or not what I do is LARPing.

At first, my reaction was "Absolutely not!". My basis for this was that I do research and base my actions on what actually happened. However, as the discussion continued (and my coworkers got to ribbing me), I got to thinking - IS reenacting any different from LARPing? Both are based upon creating a story/character and acting like you are in a different time/place.

So I thought I'd put it to you, as an interesting question. Is reenacting LARPing? Why or why not?
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
2:44 am
How to not reenact
A local reenactment group put on a display in front of the El Paso Museum of History today. I thought this was going to be an opportunity to check out a quality, accurate group with weapons and uniform displays.

Instead, it was thisCollapse )
Monday, August 16th, 2010
12:41 pm
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
8:19 pm
Monday, July 26th, 2010
11:37 am
As a reenactor I got a kick out of today's XKCD strip, so I thought I'd share.


Or if you prefer to leave an LJ comment. Just be warned, the commenters on that feed are an unruly bunch.

ETA - If you're not a regular reader, you may not know that there is usually additional humor in the hover text for the comic.
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
10:35 pm
I just wanted to throw a book suggestion out there for everyone. It's:
Interpreting our Heritage by Freeman Tilden

It's actually fairly old, being first published in the 1950's. It's not aimed at reenactors either, per se. It was written for the National Park Service on how to present information to the public and it adapts well for reenactors. You pick up some good points and thoughts to incorporate into talks and demonstrations and such, although the read its self can be a bit dry. It's based on 6 principles:
* Any interpretation that does not somehow relate what is being displayed or described to something within the personality or experience of the visitor will be sterile
* Information, as such, is not interpretation. Interpretation is revelation based on information. But they are entirely different things. However, all interpretation includes information.
* Interpretation is an art, which combines many arts, whether the materials presented are scientific, historical, or architectural. Any art is to some degree teachable.
* The chief aim of interpretation is not instruction, but provocation.
* Interpretation should aim to present a whole rather than a part, and must address itself to the whole man rather than any phrase.
* Interpretation presented to children should not be a dilution of the presentation to adults, but should follow a fundamentally different approach.

And it explains and expands on these points. It's been through many printings and is still easy to find on Amazon and such. I would definitely suggest this as a read as it helps with core principles of working with the public.
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
8:33 pm
Discussion Question - First or Third person?
When you're doing events with your reenactment group and are speaking to the public, are you doing first person (I like to drink beer) or third person (They drank a lot of beer in period because the water wasn't safe to drink)?

I'm looking for a couple of folks who do first person whose brains I can pick. I'm trying to wrap my brain around why my persona would be explaining things (cooking, sewing) that should be things that everybody knows in our time period. Any excuse would do. I just need something to help me over a mental block.
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