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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


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!

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!


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!!!

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:








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!