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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!!!


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!

Workload for 2010!

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Hello all, and happy New Year to you! I hope everyone enjoyed their new year.  2009 was a great year for me, and 2010 will be better. I always vow to make each year better. I had surgery in December-gastric bypass, and three weeks out I have lost 28 pounds!  So 2010 presents a great new workload for me!

1-I finally have my Etsy shop, and I have been doing well!  I have been making jewelry and bags for Renaissance/Steampunk folks, I haven’t quite acquired enough materials for pushing out corsets.  But, I am working on a new bag design.  One that has two or three pouches, and is heavy duty. Trust me, being a ren fair junkie, I understand the need to have durable equipment to carry lots of items in!

Now, we (meaning my husband and I) have two very exciting events coming up-besides Maryland and Pennsylvania ren faire in August.  In April we are going down to Texas for the Scarborough Renaissance faire.  It is’s Rendezvous 2010!  Woot!!!  Rendezvous 2009 was held at the MDRF over Labor Day weekend, and it was a BLAST. We met so many awesome people and had a great time, so we both decided that we NEEDED to be at this one!  And in May, we are going to the Steampunk World’s Fair, which will be in New Jersey.  It’s a weekend full of steampunk awesomeness!

So here is my workload!

  • 2 new renaissance outfits for myself and for my husband
    • 1 reversible bodice (2 for the price of 1!!!) for myself.  It will be in a dark red/copper tafetta outside with a black canvas inside.  1 dark red and copper paneled skirt for myself, and 1 bluish/purple tafetta skirt for myself.
    • 1 chemise in probably a dark red. I already have a black chemise
    • My husband needs 2 new basic cavalier/pirate shirts. 1 black, 1 white
    • 2 new doublets.  1 in a bluish/purple tafetta he picked out.  1 in whatever other color he wants.  The bluish/purple tafetta is going to be our matching outfits.
    • 2 new pants-1 pair of black pirate pants (the loose kind) 1 pair of tights (in whatever color he wants)

Whew! That’s a lot of work!  And I need to get started NOW!

Now for the steampunk fair

  • 1 reversible underbust corset in a dark copper tafetta outside and mustard canvas inside for myself. It should be easy because its underbust.
  • 1 overbust corset jacket in a dark copper tafetta with embroidered swirls and a bustle
  • 2 pairs of kickers, 1 in black, 1 in brown for myself
  • for my husband -a new ruffled jabot- and whatever he decides

So yes, I have LOTS of work to do.  The troubling part is that since I am losing weight so rapidly I am somewhat scared to start on my corsets because I have no idea what size I will be.  And that goes for the pants too. I suppose I can make my pant and skirt waistbands with elastic so we will see

But stay tuned for this hectic journey!

Happy sewing!!!

Labor Day Weekend & Rendezvous 2009 at MDRF

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Holy crap! That was a great weekend, perhaps the BEST weekend at Ren Fair I have EVER attended.  If I sound overly excited, it is because I was! I had an absolutely AMAZING time!!!  First was because it was Labor Day Weekend, and I have never been to the MDRF for Labor Day-and I happened to have met the Clan M’Crack-they are great people.  Secondly it was the big Rendezvous 2009-like the holy mecca for all rennies! lol.

So here are some pictures of my garb, my friends, and other things:








So yes, it was a very great time. Met lots of great people and had fun. I made all the garb that I wore. The red and black panel skirt was from 2 years ago. The purple circle skirt I completed the day before fair. My black corset was thrown together quickly, but I can secure it even more.

Now although I will not be going to another Ren fair for another month, my sewing urge is itching! lol. I told myself I was going to rest, and not sew at all. But I am already itching to make a new gown for October 4 and closing weekend. I know that I will have a lot of garb! I already did the green gown for opening weekend, but like I told my husband: each time I sew, I learn more and get better. And after I attend ren fairs I look at gowns and see new techniques and such, and I am drawn to it and can’t help myself! I have this fabric gorgeous light blue with a goldish tint jacquard type fabric, that I am SURE it is dying to be used as a gown 🙂  I even have the material for the underskirt/kirtle 🙂

We will see. I am supposed to go to JoAnns today with Dave today 🙂  So that as always is fun.  I need to learn some new techniques on gown making-I am not sure how to make the bodice of the gown stiff?
Happy Sewing

On the grind…again!

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So I am STILL trying to finish Blakes ensemble! Yesterday I hand stitched the trim to the cuff pieces while my husband was getting his hair braided. But I still have to do the following

  • attach grommets to the sleeves
  • attach cuffs to sleeves
  • add trim to the bottom and the opening
  • add 3 snap hooks to close the doublet
  • pin and cut pants pattern/sew
  • pin and cut hat pattern/sew

Like I said before, all this work..for free. booooo!  Once I do that I wanted to knock out a new corset for this weekend.  This weekend is the big Labor day/Rendezvous at the fair, and this is the first year my husband and I will go!  Big tailgate with the people from, woot woot.

So anyway, yeah, I have a couple of yards of this blackish/silverish tafetta fabric that I got months ago, when my original gown was going to be black and silver.  And I was thinking about making a corset with straps out of that, then adding some extra fabric along the bottom, to give it somewhat of an attached skirt look, but it’s not really a skirt-feel me?  sort of like this:

Example Corset

Example Corset

This is by Damsel in this Dress (her stuff is amazing)-and I give credit where it is due.  But You see that bottom part with the floofy (technical term!) fabric around the bottom?  that is sort of what I want to do.  Now for a corset, the fabric seems perfect, but to make a skirt out of it, seems a bit weird, the fabric itself is somewhat stiff.  So I am not sure what I am going to do for the skirt.  I mean a simple skirt will do, BUT  I don’t think I have enough extra fabric! lol.  So we will see.

I must go now, another day of sewing, then picking my little sister up (who now loves the ren fair by the way) to bring her back to my house. Happy sewing!


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Is my best friend and my worst enemy.  I always have something else that “needs” to be done before I end up sewing.  It honestly should not have taken me this long to get my gown completed, especially with the fact that I didn’t have to do the daunting task of adding boning to my bodice (which I kind of regret now, but I already have a back up plan, so all is well).  The next part is sewing the overskirt to my gown, adding the trim, and hemming.  Then making the underskirt, and then trying to figure out which sleeves I want to have.  And probably make a french hood. I am not sure yet.

Once my garb is complete, then I can work on my husbands.  Make him some pants, and a new shirt, and I have to look through my fabric stash for some more fabric.

So today is the day!

Sewing day!

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So sewing day with my friend Megan went well. I made a bum roll, and got about 85% of my bodice completed. She is coming over today again, so I plan to have the bodice fully done, well actually can’t have it fully done because I ended up ordering this awesome trim online from they have amazing trims at amazing prices. Not necessarily a huge variety to choose from, but they satisfied my needs. So when she comes over I hope to have my middle panel of my bodice put on, the straps, an work on the sleeves. Not to sure if i am going to get to the overskirt part today, but we shall see.

After I complete my outfit, it is then to work on my husbands outfit this year. Which consists of new pants, a doublet, and possibly a new shirt. We will see about that one.

But for now I must go. My husband and I have an early Dungeons and Dragons game (the things we do or love-I HATE waking up early) to attend.

Happy sewing.