I probably won’t be posting much for the rest of the week because I need to study for AP tests…but I’ll do my best.
So, I am going to a renaissance fair this month. I’ve never been to one and I think it’ll be fun.
According to the website there will be henna, jewelry, psychics (could be interesting!), Thai food, a may pole, etc. I’m going with my friend and we will both definitely be in costume! Basically I’m going to be wearing a smock dress with a stay.
Mine will certainly not be this elaborate (time constraints and what not) but here are a few cool ones.
My costume will probably not be especially period-accurate, mainly because it’s probably going to be hot out! It’s going to be knee length and sleeveless. I may wear a peasant blouse beneath it, but maybe not even. We’ll see. Either way, it is pink and sparkly which is way cool.
My “Skipping Through A Flowery Field” Dress!
So, after being inspired my Casey’s Sweet Tea Dress (made from a pillowcase) I decided to make my own bedding-based creation. Here is the result:
All That Jazz!
I love jazz. Big band jazz and late 40s, early 50s jazz is my favorite. In fact my favorite Broadway show is a jazz show - Chicago. Just listen to the Roxie Suite from said musical!
Music like that just makes me want to go down to a 20s speakeasy in a sparkly flapper and do the Charleston.
Some of the clothes worn in the movie are fantastic, as well.
Actually, the outfits in Thoroughly Modern Millie are pretty great as well.
I wish life was as glamorous as it seems in 20s based musicals. But life is never as glamorous as any musical makes it seem, now is it?
I finished my recon of that flowery bridesmaid dress! It’s quite cute, though I unfortunately do not have a pic of my wearing it…yet. Soon enough I will. In the meantime, here it is on a hanger:
It came out a bit shorter than I’d originally planned (I tend to forget that I need to measure the skirt to cover my butt enough) but that’s okay, I can wear shorts with it. It looks very 50s on. And the best part: The button-up back!
And, most importantly: A picture of my extremely lazy cat, Harry.
Another recon “before”.
So…I finished the giant dress recon, and took a picture with my clothing construction teacher’s phone…but unfortunately the email I sent the pic to myself with did not send. In the meantime, here are some ‘befores’ for a 70s-ish bridesmaid dress:
And while I’m on the topic of recons, here’s a picture of me having fun with my giant green dress recon!
AAAAND last but not least, we just got an antique sewing machine. SO COOL! Notice the little box of attachments on the side.
PS. I may be going to a Renaissance fair with a friend soon(ish)! So of course that means I’ll be making costumes!!!!
Clothing Construction Take Home Project: 80s Prom Dress!
So, we have a collection of donated prom dresses in the back of my school’s clothing construction class. I was assigned to reconstruct a size 28, dark green satin and lace prom dress from the 80s.
To give you an idea just how big that is, here is the dress compared to a dress I have that fits me (size 2) -
Yeah. That’s preeeeetty big.
I’ve been seeing cute little dresses like this one all over lately, so I think I may make a similar one. Like, I’ll use the skirt (except shorter and thinner) and attach it to a totally reconstructed bodice (perhaps with the lace still on).
We’ll see how this goes!
A local natural food store hosts an Earth Day celebration every year and it was this weekend. I went and it was a lot of fun, plus the weather was really nice.
The best part of it is, of course, the samples. I had lots of free samples. I had chocolate, various meat replacers, coconut milk based ice cream, gluten-free cookies, local olive oils, a mediterranean sample salad, organic apple juice, granola…etc. Needless to say, I didn’t have to eat lunch that day.
All in all it was a good time - I got to chill with friends and get free stuff and be out in the sun.
But now, it’s raining. Boo.