I told myself I wasn’t going to make myself a costume for the Renaissance Faire this year…I should have known that I would disobey myself…
It started with my brother’s girlfriend commissioning a Ren Faire costume. She wanted it purple and gold, and liked the look of an underbust corset and a layered skirt. This is not historically correct, obviously, but more fantasy/medieval, in fact, they all are. This is what I made her:
The night before the faire I added two strings of flowers- one on a hip and one off a shoulder. I thought it needed just a bit extra. But I forgot to take pictures of the flowers before she put it on. You can see them in the picture with all of us though.
Then my brother needed a costume. So I made him a black undershirt, embroidered leather bracers, and a leather jerkin. The embroidery, for any who were wondering, says “strength, warrior, water, journey” in Viking runes. He and I have been watching the show Vikings together, and I got inspired.
Then because I was so excited about them having new costumes, I decided to make myself one…and because I’m crazy I decided to embroider the corset AND try a new shaped corset.
This is THE HARDEST corset I have EVER made. Why? Tabs. I loathe tabs. Edging those suckers was a NIGHTMARE. I looked up tutorials to make it easier, and nope. Big ol’ nope. There is no such thing as “easier” when edging tabs. Fuck tabs.
Anyway- here is the design:
The embroidery was the bit that took the longest. I was embroidering my fingers off for about 4 days straight. But finally, I was done. And I added the white dupioni I had embroidered onto the iridescent mustard dupioni.
*Drool* Iridescent mustard dupioni. I was going to make this costume green and gold…but then I saw the dupioni and just DIED. I gave up on the green taffeta I had in my cart and bought the dupioni instead.
The chemise is white muslin. I added about 5 inches of green shantung to the bottom of the chemise just to make the costume a bit more exciting. I was also going to embroider the shantung…but decided against it as I ran out of time.
Here is the finished costume on Melian (my dressform):
And here we are as a group! The three costumes on the right are the ones I made. We looked pretty bad-ass, if I do say so myself.