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Cat's out of the book bag...

Tudor ensemble 2
Now that Ninya has publically posted it on Facebook, Elizabethan Costume group, I can finally let it out of the bag.

I had been asked at the end of September to help proof the upcoming Henrician/Tudor costuming book, The Queen's Servants by Caroline Johnson, with patterns by Ninya, and edited by Jane & Ninya. I was on such a high when they asked, and felt incredibly honored to even be considered, but I had to keep it private and still can't talk about what is in the book just yet in any specifics. But I can say the book's focus is from Henry VII to early years of Henry VIII's reign - so different again from the work I did for Margo's Pattern.

It is quite an eye opening experience actually helping to proof and help improve upon such a well researched book, in a semi-editorial sense. And to find out today I was in the company of Drea Leeds who was also another of the proofers! OMG!!!!! (thud-faint)

About the book, the images are all in color, the info and patterns are backed up with both documentary and image evidence, many I've not seen before. And they've found and tested out pattern ideas, and certain construction methods that really do make sense, and give the right look of the era.

I will post a full review later in my sewing blog, once I actually get the final book in my hands (or maybe before if I get permission). I will say at this point it is a 5 star book, but then, I'm biased, I admit it. Although remembering how I was unhappy with certain details of the Dress in the Court of Henry VIII book (as in this blog post), if I didn't like something I would have let them know.

And this is why I feel there isn't that much left to actually research in this time period, as they have done such a great job in doing that research for me for the women's clothing (men's too with their earlier book). I'll figure out something, eventually. Like maybe something in accessories. And I will admit, I have to update my handout on early English gabled hoods as I was proven incorrect there, which is just fine - I'd rather be corrected as now I understand other, later aspects even better now.

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katexxxxxx
Nov. 16th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Wow!

and KEWL!

And I have it wish-listed on Amazon now I know it exists!
sstormwatch
Nov. 16th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy the book.
sarahbellem
Nov. 16th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Go you! What an honor! :)
sstormwatch
Nov. 16th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Thank you. It is/was and yeah. :-)
ravenessdotcom
Nov. 16th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
sstormwatch
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you.
curiouschilde
Nov. 16th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
That is super awesome!! Congrats!! What a fabulous thing to get to do! I can't wait to get the book :)
sstormwatch
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you. It will be a good book.
peacockdress
Nov. 16th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing! Well done, and go you!
sstormwatch
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you.
tudorlady
Nov. 16th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
SO wishlisted already! You go!

I think you'll find that you just may be on overload. Sooner or later, something 'new' to research will turn up for you.
sstormwatch
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I hope so on researching, as I'm sure there is something obscure that might be interesting to hunt up more info on.
toothlesshag
Nov. 17th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Wow! So cool!
sstormwatch
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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