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. http://genvieve.net/sca/mcitalrennotes/index.html, and I just found a link that shows how to construct a bodice, this is pretty cool too http://homepages.wmich.edu/~rowen/renbk/rendressbook.html
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!