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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!!!

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!!!

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!

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!

Almost there

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progress is coming along

here is my awesome corset that i am so proud of. it is not laced yet, but when we put it on me, and had Megan pull it back, it looked good. i had an awesome figure!!!!

inside of corset, pinned and on the floor

inside of corset, pinned and on the floor

Megan holding the corset out for all to see

Megan holding the corset out for all to see

And here is my awesome necklace that my other friend Meghan made for me to wear to the faire!

my awesome handmade necklace made for me!

my awesome handmade necklace made for me!

So Megan is coming over today, again. Our goal is to have everything done by Thursday night, so we can relax on Friday.  For my gown I have left:

  1. Add lace to bottom of gown
  2. Cut and sew sleeves
  3. Make pouches
  4. Still debating on doing a French hood

Then I have to cut and sew the pants and doublet for my husband, and add the trim to the doublet.  And I should be finished.  So since Megan will not be here till about 8, let me get showered and get started now!