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« on: September 15, 2009 08:37:18 PM »

ive never been to one before, but this year im going and since im such a devoted craftster i am making my own costume.

i was going to do simplicity 9966, but then thought 2573 would be more comfortable AND easier to make.  i havent sewn anything with a pattern in..... thirteen years.  but then i was thinking that the longer skirt and thicker fabric on 2573 would not be suitable for a fair.  what do yall think?  i want to dress up and awe people with my cool renaissance threads that look slightly different then the run of the mill wench outfit (im not hating on those that wear run of the mill wench outfits.  its awesome that you dress up! its just that im a stuffy prude that likes to be different. *sigh*).  

also, here are is a question i had about modifying pattern 2573:
-what other fabric could i use besides brocade or upholstery jaquard, and still stay kind of authentic?
-could i just shorten the train on the pattern by cutting 2 front pieces and using 1 for the back and 1 for the front (and then cutting those side skirt pieces too)?  in an experienced seamstresses's opinion, would that look ok?  it wouldnt mess up the whole line of the dress or anything, right?
-what color would this look good in?  i have a mediteranean(sp, sorry) type coloring Smiley

thanks in advance!

also, this is 2573: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1532-costumes.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009 10:44:48 PM »

sorry, this is a repost from the costume board, but i thought i would repost in case someone could answer my sewing questions.  ty!
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going to a renn fair, ive never been to one before, but this year i decided to go and since im such a devoted craftster i am making my own costume.

i was going to do simplicity 9966, but then thought 2573 would be more comfortable AND easier to make.  i havent sewn anything with a pattern in..... thirteen years.  but then i was thinking that the longer skirt and thicker fabric on 2573 would not be suitable for a fair.  what do yall think?

also, here are is a question i had about modifying pattern 2573:
-what other fabric could i use besides brocade or upholstery jaquard
-could i just shorten the train on the pattern by cutting 2 front pieces and using 1 for the back and 1 for the front (and then cutting those side skirt pieces too)?  in an experienced seamstresses's opinion, would that look ok?  it wouldnt mess up the whole line of the dress or anything, right?
-what color would this look good in?  i have a mediteranean(sp, sorry) type coloring

thanks in advance!

also, this is 2573: http://www.simplicity.com/p-1532-costumes.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009 05:43:22 AM »

Well, 9966 would be more appropriate for a rennaissance fair.  The other one is medieval, and predates your typical renn fair by several centuries.  That said, if you do 2573, view B would be most appropriate (and easiest).  I'd cut the front and back pieces as indicated, and re-hem the train later, as the front may have some shaping involved (if the only difference between the two, once you get the pattern, is the hem, then go ahead and cut two of the front).  You could eyeball the hem, or trace the front hem onto the back pattern piece.  You could do it in a broadcloth or light twill, that'd lighten it up a bit.  And without seeing a picture of you, I'd say do it in a deep red, or slate blue.

Good luck!  And remember, fairs are for fun!
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009 06:47:50 AM »

thank you aislynn!  i think i will do 9966 after all then.  whats more fun then wearing a corset and a big skirt Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009 07:05:33 AM »

The pattern you chose is more late medieval than renaissance.

This website might help with making decisions on authenticity, http://www.renaissancetailor.com/research_main.htm

it also has tutorials and patterns for some costume parts and accessories (see lefthand side of page) http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_patterndraft.htm
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