I'm so excited to be going to the Renaissance Festival for the second time ever! Last year was my first, and I made a quick, simple costume. It was totally lame, especially the top part, because I just used a long sleeved white shirt and a black tank top.
This year I made my entire costume (almost) from scratch.
The skirt I reused from last year. I bought it from a local thrift store and added the white panel last year. This year I added elastic to the waist so it would stop falling down (very irritating last year). Other than that it's the same.
The shirt I made from this pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118928.0#axzz2PE5iOEOf
Naturally, my fabric was too short, so instead of long flowy sleeves I have shorter ones, and I have to wear a tank top underneath as a just in case. Other than that, though, I think it turned out fine.
The apron was from this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417397.0#axzz2Ohhf655g
. I didn't alter this at all, but the shoulder straps ended up being too short so instead of crossing over the back they just tie behind my neck. I also added some hand embroidery to the front-- I'm a total newb at embroidery ... I was trying to do a circle, and ended up with an oval so I made it a leaf
The drawstring bag was from this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346390.0#axzz2P8LD0AmZ
. I made it way bigger so it could hold all the important things like chapstick and money for the festival. My camera and my phone are going in the pockets of the apron. I used twine from my horses' hay bales for the tie.. I might paws and use the extra leather from the corset.
Last is the corset. I had a lot of trouble with this, but I really like how it turned out. I made it waaay to short around on the first go, and had to add extra fabric. Then I had to angle and hem it so that it would tie at the top and at the bottom. I hand sewed all the button holes, 12 in total.
Now for pictures!
Corset (it actually works!)
I'll be updating this after the festival with my son's costume and the covered wagon I'm taking him in, as well as my dogs in costume (they're just going as fairies, nothing fancy since they have such long, beautiful fur).
Let me know what you think!!!