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My Hat!

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Not too much to say in this post. I made a hat, and I love it! Here it is. I also made a gold fabric snood to go with it!




Of bags and women

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I have been on a roll lately.  I just only hope that this energy lasts up until and way past my due date!  Today I managed to get a pair of pirate pants done for my husband.  They are not as poofy as I would like, but I am using fabric from my stash (I promised myself I would not buy ANY new fabric unless absolutely necessary).  I basically used this dark navy velvet fabric which used to be a gown I had from back in 2006 I believe. This was the days when I threw things together in an attempt to look good.  He’s not home yet (correction…he JUST walked in the door)  for pictures.  But I will get pictures of him in the pants soon.

After that I STILL had energy, and decided to make a bag for myself since this year I will be carrying more around. My pouch from Morseca is still reliable, but doesn’t have enough space.  I basically free handed the pattern while cutting it! YAY for intuition and stuff!



And here are the booties that I made for the wee one


I can’t make up my mind!

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On costuming that is!  Originally I decided that I was going to make a new upperclass ensemble for myself, my husband, and the baby.  At first I was torn between Italian or a Spanish Ropa/Elizabethan Comfort gown for me. I even have the fabric already!!!  Then I decided, that it may be too much to do, and since we will only be going to ren fair once that it does not make sense to create something new.  So instead I was going to stick with a fancy pirate theme.  I have this amazing full tiered offwhite circle skirt, and a red skirt to hike up on top of that. I was then going to purchase a bodice from Damsel in this Dress…the Vixen corset (shown below)


Isn’t it lovely?  I just love the way she designs her corsets. But yes, that is the style of corset I will be purchasing, it will be a gift to myself after the baby is born.  She has this gorgeous Maroon and Ivory floral chenille that I am going to pick for the corset.  On top of that I was going to make a nifty, super fancy pirate hat, some awesome jewelry (it’s all about the accessories) and a cute bag.

I figure that it is awesome enough for me to be comfortable, but at the same time, pretty enough to still be gorgeous.

And…to top it off, I have a PRAM! Yes-my two friends saw a pram at our Farmer Market and snagged it for me for a baby shower. It’s a maroon leather looking pram that is in pristine condition.  I am going to pimp it out a bit. Color the piping from white to gold, and make the cushion cover gold and maroon, and then the interior is probably going to be gold or maroon. My husband needs to oil up the parts and if possible spraypaint the metal parts to black (I don’t really want them looking silver)

I am also trying to find vinyl pirate ship decals that are removable so that I can put on the side of the pram and on the cover. I want to remove them, because the pram will be used for Steampunk next year also.

In addition to all of that, I have to complete the doublet for a friend, and get NEW fabric so my husband and I can match this year with color.  So I will keep you updated pretty soon with pictures!


Steampunk Worlds Fair 2011

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There is nothing more than I can say other than it was amazing. I had a great time, especially seeing people that I haven’t seen (except on Facebook) from last year.  Besides a few mishaps concerning vendors, the fire marshal and the restaurant, it was great.

Initially, when I packed, I tried to go with comfortable clothing, nothing too flashy. But once I arrived there, I felt severely under dressed, and needed to rectify that…immediately.  So the second day I purchased a long skirt plus an amazing jacket with tails, a top hat and a few other items, and rocked it for that whole date!

Now that this event is over, I can focus all of my extra energy into this years ren fair outfits!  I know that this will take some good timing and patience!

I have my Margo Anderson-Elizabethan Comfort Pattern that I want to make for myself.  As a secondary, I want to make (or possibly purchase) and underbust bodice and short sleeved chemise to throw together a quick pirate/wench ensemble paired with the skirt pictured above.

For my husband, I have to finish his doublet, make or purchase a new shirt (we already have the fabric for it), and he needs a new pair of tights.

The baby needs a little chemise and overdress to match mine!

And I have to complete a doublet for a friend of mine!

The Baby Bump

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Well, I have quite a few events coming up.  16 more days and it is time for Steampunk Worlds Fair! Have I made anything? No. I can’t really do corsets because hey, I am 25 weeks pregnant.  But I do have some very nice skirts and tops which should be suitable.  I am going for comfort rather than style.

After that, it’s Ren Fair. And boy oh boy I am confused as to what to do. We won’t really be going as often since we will have a baby in tow, but I still want a pretty outfit. I have my two pirate skirts from last year. I definitely want to make an underbust bodice and chemise.  For my noble garb, I want to make an Italian gown. We will see how that goes.

But today, I was bored and decided to make a dress!

That’s me, in my pregnant glory. The dress is basically a skirt from scratch, an old shirt that definitely was not fitting over my stomach, and a belt from scratch. sew the skirt to the top, and bam! Instant maternity dress. Took literally 30 minutes, and that’s because I had to make the rosettes that are on my belt.

Trying to get the mojo up!

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Happy New Year! I know I am kind of late. Things have been crazy. I lost my sewing mojo for a while, but I have a reason…I’m having a baby!!!  We found out on 1/9, when I went to the ER after feeling like absolute crap for 10 days. We had no idea what was going on.  We assumed it was gastric bypass complications. But we got to the hospital, and while there we found out I was pregnant. So i am currently 4 months pregnant and due in early August.  We are so excited.

So with new baby coming, I have been going into nesting mode, wanting to clean everything.  And being that Steampunk fair and Ren Fair are coming up and such, I need to make a few new items.  Even though the baby is going to be born right before ren fair, when we finally do make it to ren fair, I know I will not want to be tied up in a tight corset, and gown and all that. So this year I am going to go with an Italian/German type gown, with a few adjustments that make nursing a bit easy.

Now here are the DEFINITE projects that I need to finish before working on my new stuff:

  • My husbands doublet!  It is actually cut and pinned since…LAST REN FAIRE!  I just never got around to finish sewing it.  It is going to be so nice. Its a lovely blue/purple iridescent tafetta, he loves it.
  • Dave’s doublet!  A friend purchased fabric for me to make his doublet, LAST YEAR, and I just never got around to it. So I definitely need to finish it


Now for Steampunk fair, which I am so looking forward to, I made a GORGEOUS outfit, but unfortunately I may not be able to wear it. I will be about 28 weeks pregnant at the SPWF, so most likely this outfit is not going to work. Plus, even then, I will not want to be in tight corsets and whatnot, so I am going with comfort rather than style.  I figured a nice khaki wrap dress for one outfit, and possibly a “newspaper boy” outfit. Some cute pants, a vest, cute shirt. we will see. But I am excited for one of my more creative outfits though! I’m not going to give away details, but it involves a porthole, LED lights, an awesome strap system and a couple of other goodies.


So on to ren fair!

We may be going to the VARF in May.  It’s a week after Steampunk Worlds Fair, so we may have to see how things go.  It will be a M’Crack Family gathering, and since I will most likely miss the one at MDRF on Labor Day since baby will still be “new” lol, I want to go to this one. So…Italian gowns!  Here is one I like

It is from Well Dressed Lady, I admit, she makes some pretty nifty things. Now i’ve been torn between buying the gown or making my own.  I figure that I could freehand most of it without using a pattern. Since I hate using patterns.  I could start with a V-neck or a square neck bodice,  have it hit right below my bust. Then have the split front attached skirt (room for the belly).  I will somehow make one side detachable at the shoulder so if I need to nurse (depending if we take baby to ren fair) then it will be easy.

Ever since my pink nobles gown last year, I have been hooked on it, and the only other ensemble that I love is pirate costumes. But of course most pirate costumes require a tight corset/bodice to push the “assets” up! lol.

This seems like a great resource. I may have to dive a bit more into it., and I just found a link that shows how to construct a bodice, this is pretty cool too

It’s going to be a back closure gown, made out of the blue and gold jacquard fabric that I have had for two years, but have yet to make anything from it. I have 6 yards of it, so it should be enough for the bodice, the skirt, and the sleeves. If it comes down to it, the sleeves can be made out of the same fabric as my foreskirt.  I do need to search for trim though, something bold that stands out from the fabric.    Forgive the lack of quality of the picture, my camera phone sucks, and it’s not the best lighting.

And besides I can’t start working on it right away. I have to wait till closer till ren fair to measure my bust and my underbust line, lol.  I would hate to start working on it, and it be too small.

Well thats about it!  Once I clean up my sewing area, i’ll get ready!

Maryland Renaissance Fair Opening Day 8-28-2010

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So the Renaissance Fair was amazing!  I had such a good time. The weather was almost perfect, so wearing my nobles gown wasn’t too horrible.  The only thing I have to adjust is the hem at the bottom since I kept stepping on it while walking, but other than that, it is lovely.  I received many compliments and was stopped for pictures (which I love).  Here are a few pictures!




Now next week is the Labor Day invasion at the Maryland Renaissance Fair, and we are going to be there.  I have to finish my husbands 2nd doublet, and a new shirt.  As for myself, I have two bodices I need to grommet.  Now, the crazy thing is, I want to make a new gown!!! Who’s the crazy lady? Me! lol.  I have this fabric that I purchased at the same time I got the pink fabric.  It is a gorgeous blue and gold damask print fabric, and is certainly begging to be made!

We will see. I am trying to determine if I can knock this dress out in a week….