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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: June 04, 2007 07:23:04 PM
Thanks guys for the support! I think the red is starting to blind me every time I look at it. Or maybe I'm just getting more blind.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: fantasy gown on: May 30, 2007 10:30:00 AM
Wow! Great job. Was this for a fashion show?
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 29, 2007 04:13:21 PM
Thanks so much!

I actually got the fabric from fabric.com. It was a lucky find because I bought it on sale.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 22, 2007 06:58:46 AM
Thanks Call911!

Yeah, Dorion, I'm pretty much stuck here for another 3 years.

On another side note, Summer in michigan is really finicky.... somedays its nice, somedays cold, and somedays so humid that I want to stay inside and relish in the air conditioner.  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 19, 2007 08:09:07 AM
Thanks everyone for their helpful advice and tips! I'll be sure to use that website for my next costume this year.

I plan on going to the Michigan Renn Faire. I've never been. But I heard its huge!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 16, 2007 04:24:11 PM
Thanks so much for your compliments!

perpleflwrchild and balkandina-

I used the Simplicity Shakespeare in love pattern no. 8881. Its an out of date pattern that isn't printed anymore.

Simplicity isn't the most historically accurate when it comes to Elizabethan patterns, but I really liked this pattern because it gave me the right shape because it also gives patterns for making historically accurate underthings.

perpleflwrchild
- For the lacing holes in the back, your gonna kill me, but I used a tailor's awl to make holes to put grommets in. Partly because I hate hand finishing grommets because I'm really slow and each one takes about 10 mins to put in. I'm unfortunately not at my house right now, (or for the rest of the summer)so, I am unable to get a shot of the back.  I will send you one when I return though!

MasterBlaster- Yeah it does remind me of a coral snake! Probably a poisonous one because my fingers were all purple after sewing all those pearls on... Wink

Blyss-

I think I have been sewing for about 7 years. For me, the way I really how learned to sew was doing project one after another like most people on craftster. Persistence, patience, and many mistakes always help me learn and develop into a better seamstress and develop skills and avoid making the same mistakes I did in the past.

For tackling big projects I always do a lot of research before I even start to buy the fabric.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 16, 2007 06:56:56 AM
Awwww. Thanks everyone for their kind works. I'll try to get pics of me in it. I'm still deciding on hairstyles.

Elizabeth Bathory? Sounds like a great halloween costume idea.

Back then, probably the only way to get fabric that red or constantly red was to probably splash it with a new coat of blood every month or so if you were rich.  Wink
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / The Bloody Countess from E-town or My Renaissance Project this year on: May 15, 2007 09:59:01 PM
Hi Everyone!

 I just wanted to share with you the dress I made last year for the renaissance faire. It is inspired from Queen Elizabeth's coronation gown.

Its a historically accurate dress with a boned bodice, a farthingale, bum roll, lace up back, petticoat, ruff, and partlet.

I call it the bloody countess costume due to the colour of the dress.

Hope you enjoy the pics!











9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: T-shirts are not made for dresses. on: May 15, 2007 09:57:26 PM
yeah, those should probably be added to murphy's law's of sewing.  Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Just a tip on: May 15, 2007 09:56:13 PM
I often spray a little WD-40 after intense uses of the machine. Be sure to wipe it off though if it gets on the front of your machine it might damage and stain your fabric.
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