I was playing around with the idea of doing reverse applique in leather when
I made this — it’s more of a test piece than anything. The technique itself
was used in period, and is seen on a suit of men’s clothing in Patterns of
Fashion (Janet Arn…
This year’s middle class endeavor is a kirtle and doublet, based
vaguely on the "doublet for a slim young woman" on page 107 of Patterns
of Fashion. (Based? We’re far enough departed that "inspired" is probably
Playtrons of the Bristol Faire have embraced the tradition of having a “Day of Wrong” — where the idea is … More
Mme. de Grande Rose (that’s "Lady of Big Pink", for
the non-francophones in the audience) was inspired by one of Boucher’s Mme.
de Pompadour portraits. The portrait was used more as a starting point than
a goal, and the dres…
At the end of the 2005 faire season, Bristol announced to it’s
cast/crew/the rest of us schmucks that the theme for 2006 would be "nautical….
Be prepared for a surprise!" Well, gosh darn it all if the decision wasn’t
My sweetie is involved with a faire Playtron group called The
Outlanders. They wanted to get together a group "look", and at some
point the idea that Dominic was (and still is) dating a seamstress came up.
After some talking…
After a lot of sewing for other people, I wanted to sew for
me. I *needed* to sew for me. I’d been wearing the same dress most of the season.
It was driving me buggy. I’d started a new set of pretty undies a while back,
started a diar…
Yvonne approached me a while back looking for a costume that
was "easy to wear", with the same sort of shoulder treatment I used
on my black doublet. Strict authenticity was
not her biggest concern, so we settled on a kirtle…
Many thanks to the fabulous Stephanie and her sweet baboo for
the pictures. I’m sure I *should* have some of my own, but I don’t.I started a diary for this dress forever ago. I promised to
explain the agressious visual pun…
Jim approached me about making a costume design he and his wife had done into a
reality. Give or take some slightly fancier peblums, this is basically what they had in mind.
(Yes, I stuck to a plan. Well, except for one bit where I d…