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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!


Steampunk World’s Fair 2010

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This weekend was the first ever Steampunk World’s Fair, and to say it was amazing would be an understatement.  It was probably one of the best weekends that I ever had.  It was full of shows, music, awesome clothing, and great people.  I met lots of new friends, and met up with some from the renaissance fair that I have not seen in a while.  Here are a few photos of myself in the outfits that I made, afterall-this is a dress diary :).

The ivory satin top hat, I made. I also made the vest, skirt and the jabot, but obviously you cannot see them in the picture

This is my underbust corset that I made.  It is white and black jacquard design, with plastic boning.  The skirt is a red pin-tucked taffeta, it also has a red taffeta bustle.

Me and Voltaire! If you haven’t heard of him, look his music up.  But this is my underbust corset, lace shirt, and brown moleskin (I believe) riding pants

Underbust corset (the same as above), brown cotton skirt, and lace overskirt. The skirt hikes I brought from a vendor at the fair 😉

So folks that is it for now.  My next projects are ren fair related.  Working on two new doublets for my husband.  A new gown, pirate bodice, and maybe two skirts for myself. Oh! A new cavalier shirt for my husband, and a couple of minor other things.

I will sincerely try my best to keep the blog updated and detailed as my projects come along.

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

COPA-Free patterns!

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I got an email in my facebook inbox from a friend of mine who knows I spend most of my time sewing. She sent me this link where COPA-Commercial Pattern Archive is opening it’s pattern archive to the public for one week!

So click and then for the username type in “guest” and the password is “pattern”

Oh, it is beautiful to see all those patterns, dated to the early 1800’s! And of cours

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!