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SkyyAngel
« on: November 01, 2008 11:13:14 AM »

Long story (if you like, skip ahead to the photos because I like to talk...  Cheesy ):

First off, let me preface these photos by pointing out that for some reason I don't have any mirrors in the house currently other than to see from the neck up. So, I put this on with help from my husband who does fine with men's clothing of the period but has no clue how women's is supposed to look. So.... some parts aren't tied correctly or laced up the best or pushed down and tucked in like they should be. I apologize. I also got dressed in 10 minutes because we were in a hurry and then I shoved everything into a car three times before we got around to taking photos. Also... it was raining, so the bottom of my skirts got soaked running through puddles.  Undecided

This fabric was a PITA to work with. It has a thick nap that makes it near impossible to add anything on top of it... like the trim I had planned. Bah. I'll fix it eventually but it didn't get finished in time for the Halloween party. And yeah, I was hand-sewing and hemming 10 minutes before we left the house.  Roll Eyes Typical right?

Anywho, down to the nitty gritty. I started these outfits on October 1st when my husband came home and said there was a costume party at work for Halloween he wanted to go to. Budget is a HUGE concern at the moment so I mostly worked with what I had in my stash (which lends to not so much being period correct assembly-wise but looking moderately so with the finished product). With the short time frame I didn't get everything done either and had to make do last minute. For example, the farthingale I started making wasn't appreciating my cheap efforts at hooping materials (aquarium tubing) so I had to forgo that for a store-bought hoop skirt.  Sad

But anyway, enough of my rambling... here's some photos:

These show the true colors of the red velvet, the ones with the flash make them much brighter than they really are.








Breaking it all down....

Milord's Outfit:









Pieces Constructed:
1) Knee Breeches
2) Sword Sheath
3) Sleeved Jerkin
4) Flat Cap
5) Embroidery on Shirt

Pieces Bought:
1) Boots
2) Sword Belt and Holder
3) Small Pouch
4) White Shirt
5) Sword

My Outfit:







And my "haughty bitch" pose  Cheesy



Putting it all on (which since we were running late is actually a backwards - "taking it all off"):

The Smock (basically, my underwear... in Elizabethan times I would've been branded a whore showing it off like this...  Tongue), Woolen Stockings (soooo warm and comfy!!), Garters, and shoes:



The Corset (not tied up like it should be... stupid gap):



The Spanish Farthingale (a store-bought hoop skirt, so I'm not showing it here) and Kirtle Skirt with Forepart:



The Partlet:



The False Front w/ rabbit fur trim (really helps keep the girls warm!!):



The gown and removable sleeves would come next (missed a photo of that part for some reason). Here's a detail shot of the sleeves because I love the pearl/ruby accents:



Pieces Constructed:

1) Woolen Stockings
2) Garters
3) Smock
4) Elizabethan Corset
5) Kirtle Skirt
6) Partlet
7) False Front
8 ) Gown
9) Removable Sleeves
10) Flat Cap
11) Biggins/Escoffion

Pieces Bought:

1) Hoop Skirt
2) Medieval Shoes

The only patterns I used were for the farthingale, the hats (my first attempt at millinery, wasn't about to try that without a pattern) and the partlet (although I had to alter it because it was wayyy too small for me)... everything else is drawn up myself.

Oh, and here's the sketch I drew up before I started work on them:



Well... there they are. My first foray into Elizabethan Noblewear. Even with all the "mistakes" and things not turning out *exactly* like I had envisioned, I'm still rather pleased with them. I hope to figure out how to get that trim on them though when I have the time as well as finishing up the farthingale that's waiting for real hooping material.

ETA: I keep forgetting to mention this stuff... lol.

Dress diary: http://elizabethancourtgown.blogspot.com/

Fabric: Mostly from large stash. I bought the white for the smock and farthingale though... perhaps $10 for them from a remnant bin. I also had to order the grommets for the corset because I didn't have the time to do hand-sewn eyelets like I did on the last corset. The red velvet is reconned from movie theater curtains.  Grin Yay for recycling!


THANKS FOR LOOKING!!                                          Don't forget to vote!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008 11:58:36 AM »

Wow - really great costumes, you looked awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2008 12:25:09 PM »

Holy Moly.  You both look amazing.
You are my sewing hero  Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2008 03:11:51 PM »

Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2008 03:45:22 PM »

absolutely stunning. I can not begin to imagine the amount of work you put into those - and you did it in a month!? Amazing job. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2008 04:04:55 PM »

absolutely stunning. I can not begin to imagine the amount of work you put into those - and you did it in a month!? Amazing job. Smiley

Yeah.... I'm not *ever* doing that again. LOL. Wayyyyy too stressful.

I forgot to add, I also made a bumroll but I didn't wear it because it turned my ass into a continental shelf and I didn't want my husband setting drinks on my backside all night.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2008 04:49:33 PM »

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric! I am nuts over Fleur De Lis
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2008 04:56:45 PM »

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric! I am nuts over Fleur De Lis

I quite fell in love with it to but only bought 2 yards. Sad I wish I had bought more.

I actually had to paint it though to get the fleur-de-lis to even show up: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274142.0
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2008 05:37:33 PM »

 Grin Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2008 07:59:41 PM »

You look really incredible in that dress, it is SO flattering!  Don't you wish we could wear dresses like that every day?  The older styles are really friendly to the bigger girl.  In fact, IMHO, they look better on a bigger woman then a skinny one!  I'm a big girl but I don't have your sewing skills, sadly.  I am SOOO jealous!  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2008 08:48:30 PM »

You look really incredible in that dress, it is SO flattering!  Don't you wish we could wear dresses like that every day?  The older styles are really friendly to the bigger girl.  In fact, IMHO, they look better on a bigger woman then a skinny one!  I'm a big girl but I don't have your sewing skills, sadly.  I am SOOO jealous!  Smiley

That's why I'm in the SCA (so I can wear these more than one day a year... lol). Wink I'm fairly pleased with how the outfit turned out in regards to that though. I know the photo with the corset looks "lumpy" but that's because the skirts were tied around it for a few hours before we took the pic and sort of "dented" them in. I didn't really notice until I posted the photos but the elongated bodice also makes me look taller I think (I'm 5'2").

Thanks for the compliment Smiley I'm far from an advanced seamstress but I'm proud of what I do manage from time to time. Although I'm a virgo/perfectionist and happen to be my own worst critic so I look at something and see all the flaws. I love this place in part because I get an impartial audience to tell me how it looks. I'm thankful that they're good reviews so far. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2008 09:10:54 PM »

This is amazing. Gorgeous!
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2008 09:42:06 PM »

These are both absolutely amazing!!!!!!  You did a great job on them both.

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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2008 10:36:42 PM »

OMG! You did all this for Halloween! Wow. You really are a talented seamstress! You guys look amazing in these!
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2008 08:28:31 AM »

Thanks guys! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2008 10:13:53 AM »

I actually first saw this yesterday but I don't feel you have enough gratifying posts. This ROCKS!!! I love the attention to detail, particularly on the sleeves. A lot of people overlook the sleeves when doing period clothing because our culture has changed, but that used to be one of the biggest indicators of status. I love love love it all!!!

Do you attend Ren Fairs? Because that would give you the opportunity to wear this awesome costume even more!
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2008 10:32:36 AM »

I actually first saw this yesterday but I don't feel you have enough gratifying posts. This ROCKS!!! I love the attention to detail, particularly on the sleeves. A lot of people overlook the sleeves when doing period clothing because our culture has changed, but that used to be one of the biggest indicators of status. I love love love it all!!!

Do you attend Ren Fairs? Because that would give you the opportunity to wear this awesome costume even more!

Aww thanks!  Grin The sleeves are my favorite part too. I want to add more smaller pearl accents inside the squares as well but didn't have time this go around. I left the sleeves unlined actually so I'll have the ability to go back and add more stuff to them. I also wish I'd had more time to fiddle with decorating the hats.  Undecided  Oh yeah, we were in such a rush I also forgot all of my jewelry!! I have these awesome vintage filigree earrings, a huge Baltic Amber ring AND a reproduction of the necklace in this painting I bought in Rome. There were also supposed to be pearls cascading all over but I forgot about them.  Sad

I love Ren Fairs! I'm not a huge "period nazi" like some SCAdians and I think Ren Faires are an opportunity to really liven' it up a bit. I'm originally from Austin so I've been to the Texas Ren Fair a fair number of times and I've visited a few smaller ones in Michigan. I'm currently living in Italy and have managed to make it to several small-town medieval festivals that have the same feel and are LOADS of fun too.  Cheesy

I've discovered the pirates are universally pervy bastards though.  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2008 10:35:07 AM »

Wow - what wonderful costumes!
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2008 12:58:42 PM »

Oh, almost forgot! I updated the dress diaries I kept with photos of all the in-progress stuff here. In case anyone were interested. Smiley The archives over on the right are labeled for each piece of the outfits for easier browsing.
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2008 01:37:15 PM »

sleeve detail ftw!
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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2008 04:35:24 PM »

Good lord, you did all of that sewing in a MONTH?  The mind boggles...

This is just friggin' incredible, and so incredibly flattering on both of you.  I'm really impressed by all the attention to detail!

Totally rocks!
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2008 06:15:01 PM »

Good lord, you did all of that sewing in a MONTH?  The mind boggles...

This is just friggin' incredible, and so incredibly flattering on both of you.  I'm really impressed by all the attention to detail!

Totally rocks!

Believe me, my mind is boggled too!! Cheesy I don't even want to look at my sewing machine for at least a week.

Oh, and reconning FTW! The red velvet is from a movie theater they tore down here a few years ago. The curtains up by the screen and along the walls. From movie theater to Elizabethan court. Kinda apropos, eh?
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2008 08:53:00 AM »

I don't think that I could finish that dress if I were given a year to do so, lol, much less finish both outfits in the few weeks that you had.  I have cooking skills, but no sewing skills to speak of.

Anyhow, your dress is gorgeous, and I just love the sleeves and colors <3.  I had to register to tell you again how awesome this project is, and how in awe I am of your sewing skills  Kiss
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2008 01:16:05 PM »

Simply beautiful.  Wonderful job!
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« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2008 04:15:03 PM »

Thanks a lot everyone. <3 Your kind words make the frustration of making them a bit more worthwhile. Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2008 05:57:15 PM »

 Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  I. Want. One!!  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

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« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2008 12:02:56 PM »

O. M. G.

I know a lot of ren faire kids that would be so jealous of you... and it's a Halloween costume!

(or maybe I just don't fully appreciate the intensity of Halloween? Since We don't actually celebrate where I live.)
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« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2008 05:56:49 PM »

I don't even want to look at my sewing machine for at least a week.


for at least a WEEK?!? Heck, i wouldn't want to look at a needle for a month!!! LOL.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2008 06:54:44 PM »

absolutely stunning. I can not begin to imagine the amount of work you put into those - and you did it in a month!? Amazing job. Smiley

Yeah.... I'm not *ever* doing that again. LOL. Wayyyyy too stressful.

I forgot to add, I also made a bumroll but I didn't wear it because it turned my ass into a continental shelf and I didn't want my husband setting drinks on my backside all night.  Roll Eyes


LOL.

Seriously, insanely awesome work. I'd have to give myself a year to pull something that complicated off so it looked halfway decent.
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« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2008 12:25:04 PM »

O. M. G.

I know a lot of ren faire kids that would be so jealous of you... and it's a Halloween costume!

(or maybe I just don't fully appreciate the intensity of Halloween? Since We don't actually celebrate where I live.)

Nah, I happened to do it to wear to Halloween, but this will definitely get ren faire/SCA usage when I finish it. Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2008 01:09:21 PM »

I love the costumes! They look awesome Cheesy i've always wanted to wear a dress like that.
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« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2008 12:57:38 PM »

You look both very lovely! The colours and the style suits you very well. I admire your sleeves, they must have taken a lot of work.
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