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« on: January 17, 2012 01:10:30 PM »

President's Day weekend (Feb. 18th!) is opening weekend for our Ren Fair here in AZ, and the first time I've been able to go in several years. I'm pretty excited. Anyway, while digging through my closet and stalking thrift stores to make a fairy costume, I have run into the issue of how to keep warm. So far my costume consists of a long-sleeved t-shirt, a pillow case (to be converted into a peasant-ish top), leggings, and something that vaguely resembles a skirt, to be made like one of those no-sew tutus. But I don't think that's going to be nearly warm enough, especially my lower half.

Also, I am severely lacking in sewing skills. I don't own a machine, and my hand-sewing is mediocre at best. I don't know if I could actually make a decent cloak. So . . . HELP, please?

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012 03:31:15 PM »

Personally I think you should go with a long skirt, possibly with extra petticoats/underskirts.  Sort of no sense in making a skimpy outfit if you have to keep covered in a cloak anyway.  :p

The main problem with cloaks isn't the difficulty of the sewing, but the expense of the fabric.

There are many free cloak patterns online.  Here's one:  http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Things/FCloak/FCloak_pattern.htm


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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012 09:22:08 AM »

I would suggest a coat or dress that is fitted at the waist with a full skirt and fur trim.



Get yourself some woollen or thick cotton over the knee socks or tights, cheap polyester ones that are see through are not going to keep you warm.

If you decide to make a coat or dress use a thick fabric like stiff velvet or wool. You could also try making a hooded cape to match the items you already have.
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