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« on: November 04, 2006 11:23:23 AM »

I love gypsies - the "authentic" Ren Faire vareity, not the store bought sexy ones. My goal for this costume was to be able to wear it at Ren Faire next year, and I think I suceeded! Oh, and I probably should mention that the actual construction of this costume only happened over two days.

I purchased the bodice, cream underskirt, cream short sleeved shirt, and headscarf at various thrift stores in Los Angeles. I made a trip down to the overwhelming fabric district with the goal of picking up some purple and an orangey color for the skirts. Of course, I couldn't find the exact shade of purple, and the stores were closing, so I picked up the deep purple linen that forms the bottom-most color. (which you can barely see because my cat decided to join the picture!) The red, green, and turquise (which you can barely see because it's only in my braided belt) are all the same kind of cotton.

Then came the hardest part - sewing. I have no machine, and was planning on using that iron-on stuff until I realized it wouldn't bunch up the way I wanted it to using that stuff. So I sewed the purple linen to some elastic and built the red/green parts of the skirt on that "frame" if you will. Through a highly scientific process of holding the fabric up to me, safety pinning it, and cutting it while looking in a mirror (about as difficult as it sounds!) I made the rest of the skirt. I sewed it into place using little darts (right word?) every few inches or sew, so I could make it bunch more and so I'd have less sewing.

Oops, I lied earlier. I also purchased the bells on my hip and the little leather leaf pouch (at last yr's Faire). I made the other two pouches. The big greenish one held my camera and was made of felted (technically fulled) Noro Blossom in "green multi" and I laced a suede strip through the drawstring. The second pouch (for my girly makeup) was made of a golden mohair blend from ebay (love it!) and a button I got at Jo-Anns. It's held to the belt with two i-cord belt loops on the back.

Hope you enjoyed! Sorry I didn't get any "making of" or close up pics. After the awesome Halloween party I went to I was hard pressed to remember to take these!

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006 01:35:26 PM »

Nice! My costume also doubled as my Ren Faire costume - isn't that convenient? Smiley  Authentic is always best.

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007 12:18:24 PM »

authentic Huh

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007 12:21:13 PM »

I love it!!
I'm very excited for Ren Faire next year, I'm hoping to get a costume together but I don't know how that one will work out.  Undecided

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I'm just getting back into this, but if any pictures are missing, let me know. Photobucket hates me.
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