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Renaissance Fair Season is upon us! I love spending a day out in the woods with the  fairies and jesters, celebrating the late summertime magic. The first Fair on my list is King Richard’s in Carver Mass, and to make sure I make the most of my Fair day, I am adding a few new pieces to my costume wardrobe. The most ornate of which is this handy little bag. This small glitzy purse was inspired by the Habib Bags offered by long-time fair vendor “Moresca.” Their work is beautiful, but hardly within budget when I can make some of the pieces, or something similar myself.


All of the fabric for this purse, the red tassels, black and gold trim, and the broach were all things that I already owned in my craft bins. The only things I had to buy new were the multi-colored loop trim and the very ornate gold curtain trim with tassels that you see running through the middle. However because I only needed a small cut of each, and could pattern the whole thing myself, this bag cost me under $10 to make! Not counting my time of course. It even has a lining.


I also recently made a new belt and mini-bodice which I wore to Connecticon. Made from green brocades and satins, with black and gold trim. Hand beaded and laced with black suede through brass grommets, this matching set is extremely versatile–especially the belt–because it is fully adjustable. I can wear it over leggings or a petticoat and two bustled skirts and it sits just fine.


To spice these two pieces up for the fair I added some black and gold chains to the belt and the bodice. I’m banking on warm weather for fair day so that I can wear these chains on an open midriff. I’ll wear a shawl if I have to but the chains do not look as nice over a chemise. Anyone have any other ideas on how to winterize this bodice? I have arm socks or I could always go full cloak, but I don’t really want to cover the whole costume up. Side note–I got these chains on ebay for wicked cheap and they’re REALLY nice. I think they’re aluminum. Very pliable and easy to work with, however they are a nice thick gauge and feel quite strong when tugged on! I’m more concerned about my stitches failing than I am the chains, which is more than I expected for such cheap ebay notions.


My favorite method of preparation for the fair involves spending more time outside. This is such a lovely time of year, and feeling a nice breeze on my skin every once and while keeps me motivated. The only other pieces of my costume that I want to update now, is to add a simple black fringe apron to sit under my fancy bag. I think it will frame it nicely and add an even more heavily layered look to my already voluminous skirts.  I’ll be sure to post more pictures when the whole outfit is done! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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I love to sew, sew so much!

Whenever I get spare time, I want to sew. This week, I had a little free time, and so in the past two days I’ve made two new things to wear to the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival. One is a 16th century blouse, and the other a patent vinyl traveler’s pouch.

The shirt needs to be ironed, I know. Joann Fabrics was having a sale on Simplicity patterns, so I bought a new one for Renaissance clothing. I was going to try and make the blouse without a pattern, but since it was on sale, I decided to take the easy route. The blouse is made from egyptian cotton and lace. The whole garment is done with french seams so the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.


I was admiring some of the shirts at the faire this past weekend, and really wanted one of my own. But the shirts for sale at the faire were about $40 each. I made my shirt for about $7.

Above is my blouse paired with a waist belt. I plan to wear this blouse with a bodice, an underbust corset, a waist belt, or some other sort of tie.

For my cool traveler’s purse, I used black patent vinyl with a leather texture.

The gusset had to be hand-stitched to the front and back panels because it is lined and rigidly interfaced. The whole purse is lined with a soft black polyester that has a slight sheen. It has loops on the top so it can be threaded onto a belt or a strap with ease. The fastener is made of a pirate button that I had lying around, and some strong leather cord.

This purse will be perfect to wear with cosplays and costumes that don’t have pockets. I kept it all black so that it can be paired with more outfits.

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