Saturday, April 10, 2010

Scarborough Fair

So I have lived in Dallas on and off for the last 5 years and I had not yet been to the Scarborough Fair Renaissance Festival.  Well the fair itself is about an hour from Dallas.  Anywho, the Duke and I went today.   We had intended to meet up with the Dallas/Fort Worth Costumer's Guild at noon (for an official gathering) but we were at the said spot a little after 12pm and I didn't see anyone that I recognized.  Granted quite a few of the guild members are also cast members and they said they might be too busy to meet up.

I had borrowed a lovely Italian doublet from a fellow costumer fearing that I would not have time to make anything.   Well low and behold I am a crazy women.  Surprise surprise.   A few days ago I got the insane idea that I could make something new...something that would be basic and I would build upon for next year if I wanted to go back.  Well I did and a little hat to boot!  I am most proud of the hat (my first buckram hat making experience).   Can't wait to make some 18th century hats!!!! (squeals with excitement)  The gown was supposed to be a Mary Tudor type dress.  Very plain.  I wore an "Elizabethan" wig, which for some reason everyone thought was my real hair?  It does look pretty good for being so cheap....maybe people were just being nice lol.

Anywho the dress is black cotton velvet with gold damask facing on the collar.  The bodice is lined, but on the top only (not the sleeves...I did pretty much make this in two nights so I didn't get all technical hehe)  The underskirt is just my green cotton petticoat that is growing to be me my favorite due its neutrality with my growing wardrobe.

The Hat:

Its mostly hot glued together.  Though I did sew the fabric to the buckram.  When I do my next hat making venture I will sew all the pieces together.

My favorite show: The Turtle Races!!! It was cute.

So I have decided though that I will make something new for next year....and spend more than the night before making it lol....Something much cooler for sure!!!!   It got pretty hot in the afternoon and it was only like 80

But..........  Okay... so you know how I was going to use my green velvet for a redingote?  What do you think about this??? ::::

Layers of cotton ruffles for a collar and silk petticoats (could wear different color petticoats for different looks)  I would need to tighten up and shorten the sleeves. Plus a nice big hat!

That or I will just keep it as a Tudor gown and make it more fancy with pearls and jewels and brocade.  Vote on it in the comments section below: Keep It Tudor or Stitch Ahead!


johnh444 said...

I think it would be kinda neat to keep it Tudor, since you haven't really made anything else from that era. And the bigger the hat, the better!

Jen Thompson said...

Wow! You are one fast sewer! I think it turned out amazing, so I vote for keeping it Tudor. Maybe just add some more bling somewhere?

Duchess of Hardgrove said...

I am trying to think of what kind of bling would be appropriate for this type of dress...not to versed on the time period. I'm open to suggestions :)

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