Saturday, October 3, 2009

Of course...

So I, in my infinite wisdom, decided I was taking milord to the Texas Renaissance Fest on October 10th for their Oktoberfest weekend for his birthday. Turns out it's also OPENING weekend.

By mutual consent we both decided to wear our court garb and (*points at title*) of course I decided to make those changes I talked about last year with a week or two to spare. *sigh* When will I ever learn?

I've taken the bodice completely off and tossed it away in the scrap bin. The new bodice isn't completed yet but it's a sort of doublet-jacket style with a large open neckline to still show off my stomacher piece. I still need to figure out if I'm going to do little doublet winglets or padded rolls to the shoulders and add the trims and hook and eyes, etc.

The forepart has gotten a makeover and I've added black trim for a diamond pattern around the fleur-de-lis with large pearls accenting the cross-over points. I also have ideas to add more pearls to the skirt and bodice for a nod towards Elizabeth's Pelican Portrait but not sure if that will get done in time for TRF.

My sister will be helping me hem the skirt (it never got done the first time around) tomorrow night since we're about the same height and size. So she'll be my dress dummy while I play seamstress.

I've also set aside the flat cap and made myself a fairly nice french hood if I do say so myself. Another plan is to make a different partlet with a gathered lace ruffle (not quite a ruff).

*another sigh* So much to do... I'm just rather tired of sewing for the moment so I'm taking a break. I'll be sure to update with photos when I'm done and also after the visit to TRF. *hops* I am rather excited about going again. It's been about 5 or 6 years since I've been.

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