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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 http://www.greenlinenshirt.com) 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 : http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/07/led_firefly_booties_tutorial.html

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.

Myself
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!

New Projects

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So…there are always new projects 🙂  My next project is to recreate something very similar to this:

My next project!

My next project!

I am going to attempt to follow the pattern.  GASP! I know, the dismayer of all patterns, I will actually try to recreate this.  The problem is, I am torn as to which one to do, view A (small inset upper left) or view B.  My goal is to have this gown look so awesome that this will be my final faire gown.  See each year, I get better with my sewing, so the gowns I have worn in the past, I may wear once or twice a season, but it is not something that I will probably wear into next season.  So this gown is really a big project for me, and I have all the way till October to complete it 🙂  The fabric itself is a light blue pattern with goldish accents. It is a really pretty fabric. I can’t wait to use it 🙂

So we may be going to the ren fair again this Sunday-woot!  I love the ren fair, met lots of great people during Rendezvous!  The weather says:

Low: 63 °F
High: 75 °F

So a pretty awesome day-not to cold, not to hot. I’m thinking about adding some straps to my black corset-basically convert it into a bodice

Black and Purple Garb

Black and Purple Garb

so I can wear my black and purple awesome floppy hat, that has awesome feather

purple and black floppy hat

purple and black floppy hat

And if I have time, I may actually add the ruffled skirt floofy thingy to the bottom of the bodice 🙂

But, I will not do ANY of it until I get my sewing area organized! Which is what I am supposed to be doing today.  And when I do, I will take pictures!

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:

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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

It’s crunch time…again

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So today, I am going to get it going and sew…ALL DAY. I had to wake up early to accept a package from Fed-Ex, and while we waited for our friend to come to pick the package up, I started pinning the edges for the sleeves for Blake’s doublet. I realize that it’s not that actual sewing that takes forever. It’s the pattern laying, the pinning, the cutting, the pinning the pieces, and then the sewing. I have resolved that after I get the major projects done which are:

  • little sisters renaissance dress
  • sister in laws’ corset
  • blakes entire ensemble
  • rons cloak

I will get to working on clearing out that second room and turning it into my sewing room.  I need my own space to work, and the little section that I have off of our living room is not working.  So once the room is complete I can focus on the inventory for the opening of my new etsy store, and actually make my love of sewing and crafting into a business.
I figure this, while I was well and able to work full time, I complained about not having enough time to work on the things I love like sewing, crafting, and photography.  Now that I do not work anymore, and have been blessed to still receive an income (social security disability) I know have the time to do the things that I wanted to, and damnit I will!

So I am going to head off of here, and start working on my little sisters dress, since this is her first opening day at ren fair!

Opening day of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire!

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Opening day was fun! The weather was great, not to hot and with a light breeze. The crowd was very nice, and the food and shows were great. I even talked to the Queen! So here, are pictures of my garb, and my husbands garb (which I am quite proud of) finally…

Allison and I

Allison and I

Fred (Allisons husband on left) and Wes-my dashing husband on right

Fred (Allisons husband on left) and Wes-my dashing husband on right

My husbands doublet, I used a pattern. As I have said before, I HATE PATTERNS, and despise using them. perhaps its the fact that I am stubborn and like to do things my way, or that reading patterns confuses me, none the less i hate it. But for him, i used the pattern, and he was quite pleased with it. he received many compliments, as did I on my gown!

I do think that I am going to change the sleeves, and make them fitted, because honestly, all the bell sleeve was in the way! and I need to add boning to the bodice, because it frumped alot, even with the corset on. and for the corset itself, i have to reinforce the boning

all in all it was a great day! and I am tired!