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« on: May 18, 2009 09:58:16 AM »

I saw a thread in discussion & questions and thought what better idea than to have a sew-along.

Anyone interested? seeing as festival season's coming up n'all Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009 05:27:57 AM »

I'm down!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009 03:25:25 PM »

Ahh I can't believe the lack of interest in this!! Sad hopefully more people will join in!

Ooh well, I bought a bunch of vintage patterns recently including some amazing late 60's/early 70's mini dresses, one of them has these gorgeous raglan sleeves that are elasticated at the wrist, all just.. baggy and vintage and fab! I might give it a go with some nice printed vintage fabric if I have enough Smiley Otherwise I might just try winging it and seeing what I come up with!

Any idea what you want to do?
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009 02:54:01 AM »

Normally I would be completely up for this, but with the economy as is, we can't afford it this year.  Which is too bad, as I have some crazy ideas about making a Venetian courtesan gown.  Maybe when money is more available.  But I am interested in what you all come up with.  Smiley  And I'm always looking for ideas to develop and new tips to learn.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009 04:14:57 AM »

Normally I would be completely up for this, but with the economy as is, we can't afford it this year.  Which is too bad, as I have some crazy ideas about making a Venetian courtesan gown.  Maybe when money is more available.  But I am interested in what you all come up with.  Smiley  And I'm always looking for ideas to develop and new tips to learn.

To be completely honest, I don't have the money to go to any festivals this year Sad infact, the only way I'll be going is if I win a competition I entered to win 2 tickets to the Isle of Wight festival, a tent and 2 sleeping bags!!

BUT that's not going to detract me from making a dress that I would wear if I WERE to be going Smiley

use scraps of fabric, bed sheets and ribbons, and wing it! you'll barely spend a thing Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009 09:58:56 PM »

I'm very interested in seeing what your doing. I'm not sure my sewing skills are up to making one but we'll see.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2009 04:47:43 AM »

I'm very interested in seeing what your doing. I'm not sure my sewing skills are up to making one but we'll see.

There are plenty of really simple dresses you could make without having to be an expert at sewing.
Take a look at: Yeah, I Made it Myself: DIY Fashion for the Not Very Domestic Goddess by Eithne Farry for some inspiration Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011 05:18:40 PM »

I feel like an utter noob for having to ask this, but what's a Festival dress..?  Huh
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2011 08:13:19 PM »

There have been garb sew-a-longs and corset sew-a-longs over on PatternReview fairly recently.  
..and we sorta end up talking garb most nights in chat.   Grin
 Tigerkin, they mean Renn faire/festival dresses.  

Bdunn, I don't believe that the Venetian split-bodice gowns were worn only by courtesans.  Although that depends on how you're defining courtesan.  Apparently the term first referred to any female courtier and it wasn't until a bit later that it referred to the upper tier of prostitutes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtesan  But anyway, there are quite a lot of period portraits of ladies wearing wearing that style.  

I've been working on a camicia from the instructions on Realm of Venus (http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/library/camiciahowto.htm)  ..did all the hand-pleating yesterday.  I just it's sorta a mockup-- I'm using a cheap white broadcloth for now, hopefully I'll be able to use handkerchief eventually.  But hand pleating takes practice! 

Were you going to start the Venetian gown with a particular pattern? I've never seen an actual Venetian dress pattern, but I haven't figured out just what would be the easiest to modify into one. 
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Kara B
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011 03:10:57 AM »

Tigerkin, they mean Renn faire/festival dresses.  

I guess I misinterpreted it too.  Here in Scandinavia we also have festival season in the summer, but here it means music festivals.  So I was thinking you all were going to make dresses that still look good after living in the mud for a few days without a shower, and was wondering what you would come up with  Cheesy  Renaissance dresses seems like a much better project, though!
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