So! We went to the Tennessee Renaissance Fair a few weeks ago, and I have forgotten to post pictures until now. It was astonishingly and refreshingly cool the weekend that we went, which meant that I got to wear my cloak without getting hot. I meant to take more pictures, but it was a lot more crowded this year than last year and I tend to get overwhelmed in crowds, so mainly just didn’t want to add an extra “thing” (taking pictures). Not a good excuse, but whatever. Most of these pictures below were taken right before we left, actually (except this one, which was taken at Castle Gwynn).
So! Here is the costume. I made the skirt out of sheets from Southern Thrift. I made the brown dress part from a size 4XL dress I found, also at Southern Thrift; I cut it down the middle, hemmed both sides, added eyelets to the top, and took in the sides. I made the cloak last year, of course. I made the waist cincher from a roll of leather…cut my pieces, added eyelets, and then found a book of renaissance designs on archive.gov, printed one out, and traced it onto the leather. I ended up stitching MOST of it, and then adding some gold highlights. Also threw together a quick belt made of the same leather, for carrying around my pouch (made from deer skin leather), and the dagger and mug that I bought on-site.
SO! I thought it turned out really well!! And I would really like to be able to wear this in public without going to LARPing events. Maybe we should start taking road trips to ren faires in nearby cities. I hear Atlanta has a pretty great one, actually…..
So it’s been a different week so far! My dear boyfriend is out of town for who knows how long…maybe another week, I’m not even sure.
Anyway, no matter. I have been focusing on three things this week so far: working out, Skyrim, and Leatherings. Have been doing cardio so far this week and as always (always) it’s making me feel better. I’ve been playing a bunch of Skyrim too, but that’s normal. Mostly, I’ve been working on leather projects. I made and listed a bunch of small items over the last few days, and my shop is looking fantastic if I do say so myself! I don’t expect all you who read this blog to check my Etsy shop regularly (hell, I can’t afford most of the purses that I make and list) — so here’s a screen shot.
I’ve already sold one of the wallets (the oak leaf one on the top – and made the one that’s up now yesterday). This morning I got a message from someone asking if she could buy some of these wallets in bulk, so that’s a good thing too. (I told her it would depend on how many she wanted and how quickly she needed them…I am completely out of snaps right now….) I also have two custom orders that I’m making…waiting on some hardware (buckles and stuff) to deliver before I can finish them. Really ought to get everything all prepped for them tonight, though, so I can get them out of here as soon as I do get the hardware……
Anyway – totally gratifying, and I’m glad I took everyone’s advice and finally opened an Etsy shop.
OK guys, I’m sort of a dork. I realize and embrace this fact, and in the interest of caring less about what people think of me and more about doing things that make me happy, I am making myself a cloak to wear to this year’s Ren Fair. Which starts in a couple of weeks.
I just found a pattern online and downloaded it. Next, I need to acquire seven yards of fabric to make this. JoAnn’s has a 50% off fabric coupon which I will be using, unless I find one that is on sale and cheaper without the coupon. I’m wanting to do a very light-weight fabric…probably a cotton or linen. It’s going to be white. I am already excited.
The reason I want to dress up for this at all is because the last time I went, I wore regular clothes and was SO jealous of all the people in their beautiful costumes. So THIS time, I’m not going to feel left out.
Here’s a drawing of the cloak ——
So just imagine this in white, with a white cotton dress underneath. I’ve wanted to wear my brown cloak to the Ren Fair before, but it’s too heavy since the fair is always in May. I figure a nice light white one will actually help though – with keeping my skin from being sunburned, and reflecting the sun (etc etc).
OK, will stop going on about this now. Will also post updates……. 😀
Naw, not actually anxious. Just wishing to be home, rather than at work – although, come to think of it, if I didn’t feel that way it would likely be cause for some alarm.
Feeling quite significantly better than I was this time yesterday; I won’t go into details except to say that I don’t know how people don’t write. If I didn’t write, my brain would be a huge jumbled mess that I would never want to tackle because of the backlog of unresolved, unanalyzed, and ignored problems. Writing is the thing I do to understand myself; how do people who don’t write understand their motives and impulses and feelings? Oh well – at any rate, wrote a bunch yesterday and feel better today. Also got some work done on my quilt yesterday, after cleaning the kitchen and making homemade pizza, so it was a good evening.
I’ve been thinking about delving into oil pastels or watercolors again. Or both? I haven’t really mixed mediums before (except for watercolors and acrylics and I was never any good at that at all). Didn’t last night because the quilt was just right there, asking for me to work on it (plus I put on How I Met Your Mother and that show isn’t particularly conducive to artistic creativity). But anyway. I may go home today and watch Babette’s Feast or a Wes Anderson movie, and do some oil pastel-ing. Wonder if I have any blank canvases. Hm.