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2013 2013 2013 <h4>by Anne Barnhill</h4><br />I'm as excited as a school girl!&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because my Tudor dress, the outer garment, is finished.&nbsp; Well, almost finished.&nbsp; The miraculous seamstress, my dear friend from high school, Becky Thacker, must make sure the length is right.&nbsp; My skirts will not be quite as long as the pattern indicated because I don't want to fall and break a hip while giving readings in my ensemble.&nbsp; Besides, if I tripped, I might ruin the dress!<br /><br />When my first book came out in January 2012, (<i>At the Mercy of the Queen</i>) Becky had completed the undergarments and I wore those to promote the book.&nbsp; It was like that nightmare where you appear in front of people in just your skivvies--let's just say I lived the dream.<br /><br />Here I am in shift, petticoat, bum roll:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hEyr6Eep5Yc/Uf1kFBF1ZcI/AAAAAAAAABM/h0FGQsMcri0/s1600/More+fun.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hEyr6Eep5Yc/Uf1kFBF1ZcI/AAAAAAAAABM/h0FGQsMcri0/s320/More+fun.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />After putting all that stuff on, I definitely see why one might need a lady-in-waiting.&nbsp; I asked the lucky bookstore person to help (assuming this was a female) if Ms. Thacker couldn't attend me.&nbsp; Often, there was&nbsp;great entertainment in the 'dressing room'&nbsp;as we struggled to get everything in place.<br /><br />I expect the dress with be&nbsp;just as challenging.&nbsp; Plus, I'll have all that underwear on, too.&nbsp; <br /><br />Thus far, I have not tried the dress on, but over a year ago, I fell in love with the materials Becky, her sewing advisor, Lisa, and I selected.&nbsp; I had no idea the dress would be heavy, but I'm told the sleeves alone weigh a ton.<br /><br />While the outer dress may not be as spot-on, historically speaking, as re-enactors might wish, it will serve my purposes well.&nbsp; I want to bring listeners back to the 16th century and I believe visual aids help.&nbsp; I've devised a little talk about the importance of clothing at Court; how, in those days, clothes really did 'make the man.'&nbsp; Courtiers invested in silks and satins to impress the monarch, the way we might invest in real estate in the hopes of filling our portfolios.&nbsp; If a courtier could catch the king's (or queen's) eye, establish a relationship and come into royal favor, that courtier would find his purse growing fatter and his future looking brighter.<br /><br />I'm convinced my new dress would definitely be met with approval.&nbsp; I used a color chart from<i> The Tudor Tailor</i> by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies to select my cloth and tried to get materials that would have been used in the 1500's by a noblewoman.&nbsp; I also took into consideration the extremely hot North Carolina summer: no heavy velvets or damasks for me.&nbsp;<br /><br />When my second novel,&nbsp;<i>Queen Elizabeth's Daughter,</i> is released next March, I hope to keep cool over the summer, dress and all.<br /><br />Here's the final product:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OzKkPdZRne4/Uf1mp5N-uGI/AAAAAAAAABc/Cr5z7ipQd_0/s1600/Tudor+Dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OzKkPdZRne4/Uf1mp5N-uGI/AAAAAAAAABc/Cr5z7ipQd_0/s320/Tudor+Dress.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br />I can't wait to try it on!<br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><h4>by Anne Barnhill</h4><br />I'm as excited as a school girl!&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because my Tudor dress, the outer garment, is finished.&nbsp; Well, almost finished.&nbsp; The miraculous seamstress, my dear friend from high school, Becky Thacker, must make sure the length is right.&nbsp; My skirts will not be quite as long as the pattern indicated because I don't want to fall and break a hip while giving readings in my ensemble.&nbsp; Besides, if I tripped, I might ruin the dress!<br /><br />When my first book came out in January 2012, (<i>At the Mercy of the Queen</i>) Becky had completed the undergarments and I wore those to promote the book.&nbsp; It was like that nightmare where you appear in front of people in just your skivvies--let's just say I lived the dream.<br /><br />Here I am in shift, petticoat, bum roll:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hEyr6Eep5Yc/Uf1kFBF1ZcI/AAAAAAAAABM/h0FGQsMcri0/s1600/More+fun.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hEyr6Eep5Yc/Uf1kFBF1ZcI/AAAAAAAAABM/h0FGQsMcri0/s320/More+fun.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />After putting all that stuff on, I definitely see why one might need a lady-in-waiting.&nbsp; I asked the lucky bookstore person to help (assuming this was a female) if Ms. Thacker couldn't attend me.&nbsp; Often, there was&nbsp;great entertainment in the 'dressing room'&nbsp;as we struggled to get everything in place.<br /><br />I expect the dress with be&nbsp;just as challenging.&nbsp; Plus, I'll have all that underwear on, too.&nbsp; <br /><br />Thus far, I have not tried the dress on, but over a year ago, I fell in love with the materials Becky, her sewing advisor, Lisa, and I selected.&nbsp; I had no idea the dress would be heavy, but I'm told the sleeves alone weigh a ton.<br /><br />While the outer dress may not be as spot-on, historically speaking, as re-enactors might wish, it will serve my purposes well.&nbsp; I want to bring listeners back to the 16th century and I believe visual aids help.&nbsp; I've devised a little talk about the importance of clothing at Court; how, in those days, clothes really did 'make the man.'&nbsp; Courtiers invested in silks and satins to impress the monarch, the way we might invest in real estate in the hopes of filling our portfolios.&nbsp; If a courtier could catch the king's (or queen's) eye, establish a relationship and come into royal favor, that courtier would find his purse growing fatter and his future looking brighter.<br /><br />I'm convinced my new dress would definitely be met with approval.&nbsp; I used a color chart from<i> The Tudor Tailor</i> by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies to select my cloth and tried to get materials that would have been used in the 1500's by a noblewoman.&nbsp; I also took into consideration the extremely hot North Carolina summer: no heavy velvets or damasks for me.&nbsp;<br /><br />When my second novel,&nbsp;<i>Queen Elizabeth's Daughter,</i> is released next March, I hope to keep cool over the summer, dress and all.<br /><br />Here's the final product:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OzKkPdZRne4/Uf1mp5N-uGI/AAAAAAAAABc/Cr5z7ipQd_0/s1600/Tudor+Dress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OzKkPdZRne4/Uf1mp5N-uGI/AAAAAAAAABc/Cr5z7ipQd_0/s320/Tudor+Dress.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br />I can't wait to try it on!<br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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