Wednesday, October 30, 2013


So, as usual, I start off my blog post with apologizing for not posting in like ever. :)  Unfortunately things like work get in the way, and I have too many things competing for my free time.  Like my latest big adventure, the Renaissance Festival.  My friend and fellow fantasy novel lover Dalia introduced me to this wonderful event, and I will forever be in her debt.  We had plans to take off to the festival around noon on Saturday, so Friday night I get home from work, and think, hmmm, maybe target has some flowy shirts or something, because if there is one thing I love it's a good costume.  Husband came along on my Target run, even though he wasn't coming along to the Renn Fest because he had more important things to do (who needs to winterize a cabin?).  Because he loves adventures just as much as I do, he suggested heading into the Goodwill and seeing if we could scrounge up a more elaborate costume than just a flowy shirt.  I came out with a red linen dress, which after cutting it down the middle looked something like this:

Target did not turn up anything promising, so off to JoAnns for several yards of muslin.  After 3 hours of work including modifying the red dress (slicing and dicing and adding grommets) and sewing up a simple blouse and skirt (elastic is always your friend for costume making) which ended with a grumpy Laura at 1:30 a.m., I had a pretty awesome costume if I do say so myself.  

 Me trying to remember how to curtsy

 It mostly just looks wrinkled in this picture, but the wrinkles come from side gathers to make the skirt fuller.

Unfortunately, I didn't take too many photos while there, stupidly.  But trust me, it was really, really cool.  I also made a pointy hat with a floaty veil for Dalia, but forgot to take a picture of that too.

 There were so many amazing things about the Rennasaince Festival, but I think my personal favorite was the fried mac and cheese on a stick.  You just can't beat it.  Well, that and the 3 hours of people watching - I was actually underdressed it turned out, there were some amazing costumes there and I'm going to have to start early on my costume for next year. :)

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