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Opening Day at the PA Ren Faire

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The night before faire, was as always, a mad rush to complete garb.  My husband needed grommets on the sides of his doublet (which turns out he DIDN’T because he lost so much weight that the doublet is a bit big), and he needed clasps for the front. We went to go get some clasps, and there were no clasps.  Thankfully my friend Shasta (who is came to the rescue, along with her awesome mother and helped me out. So Friday night, till about 1am, we were all in her house sewing and such.

So here is my husbands garb:


And here is my outfit.  The overgown was made by Shasta who wore hers last year before her baby was born. And it still baffles me how it actually fits me. I swear, head on over to her dress blog, and see the dress on her. Then be in awe that the dress fits on me.  We are two different heights, and vastly different in size. But damnit, that gown fit perfectly!  I am very proud of my chemise and hat 🙂


Now…it RAINED about two hours after we got there.  It was a freaking downpour. And the faire was closed.  Which made me sad, and we had to head home. But at least we got pictures


More Booties

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If you have been following my blog, you know how I hate hand stitching.  It’s not really hate, but I just don’t do it, nor do I like it. I am too impatient to handstitch. Well yesterday I promised myself to take a day off of sewing and just relax around the house, and that went well until midnight, when I became bored.  My husband was home from work playing on the computer, the tv was on and I needed something to do.  So I decided to make a new pair of booties to match Charlotte’s green velvet dress for faire (even though she is still nice and warm in my tummy).  Here is the dress in case you missed it…

The booties were so simple to make and guess what?  I hand stitched them!  I don’t remember how long it took. From cutting to finish, I think it was about 5-6 music videos plus commercials. So in the span of an hour.  I am so very pleased with these.  At this rate, she will have booties to match every single outfit that she has.

Here is the super easy pattern/tutorial that I used for them :

For mine, I did not line them, so it does not have the contrasting fabric around the top.  And I am going to wait until she is born to see if the shoe is too loose. If it is, I will sew a little tie on ribbon instead of elastic for her.  Now since the pattern file is a .pdf you can scale the image to print. I believe when it comes up (at least for my printer) it was at 130%, I scaled it back to 75% based on newborn foot sizes, hopefully it works for her!  So without further ado…here are her booties!


Now with all this done, I can now give the run down of the completed projects.

My husband
1)Double is nearly done.  I need to place and set the grommets, and add the clasps to the front.  It is up to him if he wants decorative trim, but he is not a real decorative guy, so it all depends.
2) I made him pants out of a light green linen a few days ago. Originally they were practice pants. But the light green actually works pretty well with the hunter green, so he will be wearing those to faire.
3)I was going to make him a new shirt in black.  But I like the white and green contrast, so i think I am going to stick with that.

The Baby Charlotte
1) Her dress and chemise are completely done.
2)Her booties are done
3)I need to make her some kind of head gear.  Either a little muffin cap or bonnet.  Either way, both are super adorable.

1)The only COMPLETE thing I have done is my hat and fabric snood!
2)I am going to eventually purchase white cotton (even if it is a bed sheet-yay for resourcefulness!) to make my partlet blouse plus neck and wrist ruffs
3)I intend to wait until AFTER the birth to start working on my gown.  It is going to be a simple gown, not full noble, but more of upper class merchant. Bodice and skirt.  Still undecided if I want the skirt to be open in the front to show contrasting gold fabric or keep it completely closed. Surprisingly keeping it completely closed is much simpler.  For the trim around the neckline of the bodice I intend to find and buy flat pearl buttons surrounded by rhinestones and sew those along the neckline.  I will be keeping it very, VERY simple.

So wish my luck, and HAPPY SEWING!!!

My Hat!

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Not too much to say in this post. I made a hat, and I love it! Here it is. I also made a gold fabric snood to go with it!



Sewing Tizzy!

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I have been in a sewing tizzy. Which I am grateful for, as I was beginning to wonder where I would get energy for.  Originally our plans for this years faire garb were to go as pirates, but I just can’t be satisfied with that. I love going as upper class/nobility. So what did I do? I started working on all new matching garb for the family.  I have this great hunter green velvet fabric that I purchased from a friend and it has been a godsend.  I am so proud to say that so far, all of my projects have been done with materials that I already have on hand!

First up, is Charlotte’s new ren faire dress 🙂

Squee! I love baby clothes. So little and cute and easy to make.

Next up is my husbands new doublet.  Same hunter green fabric, and all made with the fabric I have on hand.  It is not completely finished as I have to go get the clasps for the front closures, AND grommet the sides.  I need him to put it on so I can mark the grommets. But my husband has a seriously weird body, hence the grommets on the side.  I love the way it turned out.  I had to draft the pattern based off of last years doublet since I could not find the pattern ANYWHERE! But it looks good to me!

Now, my gown I have not started yet, as I do not know what my measurements will be after the baby is born.  But more than likely, I will be making the skirt ahead of time, as I can always adjust the waist band.  I can also start on the sleeves which will be italian inspired. Yes I know, italian inspired sleeves on a tudor gown? Weird. And I do need to go out and purchase some cotton fabric to make my partlet blouse.

I am now about to start on my hat, which I have been very excited to work on. So more pictures to come soon! Happy sewing!

Of bags and women

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I have been on a roll lately.  I just only hope that this energy lasts up until and way past my due date!  Today I managed to get a pair of pirate pants done for my husband.  They are not as poofy as I would like, but I am using fabric from my stash (I promised myself I would not buy ANY new fabric unless absolutely necessary).  I basically used this dark navy velvet fabric which used to be a gown I had from back in 2006 I believe. This was the days when I threw things together in an attempt to look good.  He’s not home yet (correction…he JUST walked in the door)  for pictures.  But I will get pictures of him in the pants soon.

After that I STILL had energy, and decided to make a bag for myself since this year I will be carrying more around. My pouch from Morseca is still reliable, but doesn’t have enough space.  I basically free handed the pattern while cutting it! YAY for intuition and stuff!



And here are the booties that I made for the wee one


First piece of garb of the season!

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Wow.  I must say that being pregnant really does take ALL of my energy out of me. Between the sleeping, nesting, doctor appointments, photographing weddings (which I am on maternity leave now) and other things, my love for sewing has been gone.  But today, I finally had the urge to sew and set to it!  So what was my first piece?  Renlet garb for my little baby girl Charlotte.

I made her a simple, simple, simple chemise.  It doesn’t even have sleeves, and it ties on each shoulder.  I also made her a little split-front over dress that laces up in the back.  It is not complete yet, but it will be. I have to bind the armholes, punch the grommets for the lacing and that’s it!  I have the fabric for her matching booties cut out, but I have yet to get to them.

So here are some shots of the tiny ones garb!


I can’t make up my mind!

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On costuming that is!  Originally I decided that I was going to make a new upperclass ensemble for myself, my husband, and the baby.  At first I was torn between Italian or a Spanish Ropa/Elizabethan Comfort gown for me. I even have the fabric already!!!  Then I decided, that it may be too much to do, and since we will only be going to ren fair once that it does not make sense to create something new.  So instead I was going to stick with a fancy pirate theme.  I have this amazing full tiered offwhite circle skirt, and a red skirt to hike up on top of that. I was then going to purchase a bodice from Damsel in this Dress…the Vixen corset (shown below)


Isn’t it lovely?  I just love the way she designs her corsets. But yes, that is the style of corset I will be purchasing, it will be a gift to myself after the baby is born.  She has this gorgeous Maroon and Ivory floral chenille that I am going to pick for the corset.  On top of that I was going to make a nifty, super fancy pirate hat, some awesome jewelry (it’s all about the accessories) and a cute bag.

I figure that it is awesome enough for me to be comfortable, but at the same time, pretty enough to still be gorgeous.

And…to top it off, I have a PRAM! Yes-my two friends saw a pram at our Farmer Market and snagged it for me for a baby shower. It’s a maroon leather looking pram that is in pristine condition.  I am going to pimp it out a bit. Color the piping from white to gold, and make the cushion cover gold and maroon, and then the interior is probably going to be gold or maroon. My husband needs to oil up the parts and if possible spraypaint the metal parts to black (I don’t really want them looking silver)

I am also trying to find vinyl pirate ship decals that are removable so that I can put on the side of the pram and on the cover. I want to remove them, because the pram will be used for Steampunk next year also.

In addition to all of that, I have to complete the doublet for a friend, and get NEW fabric so my husband and I can match this year with color.  So I will keep you updated pretty soon with pictures!