Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sewing Post-Ren Faire Outfit

"Are you going to Scarborough fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there He once was a true love of mine"

Tell him to make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seam nor needlework
Then he'll be a true love of mine

Tell him to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand
Then he'll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
He once was a true love of mine

 Hello dear Readers! I am back safely from my travels to Houston and I have these pictures here to share with you of my costume!
The dress is actually really old! I originally made it about 4 years ago-it has gone through so many changes since then! I had to take it in about four inches last year, and another 3 this year! It now has a pleated skirt instead or a gathered skirt, and the under gold dress has a drawstring around the neckline to keep it from falling off my shoulders! 
I needed an easy an effective way to take this dress in . I knew this was going to be no super neat, clean job, because it had to be taken in SO much!

 Now it fits like a dream!
 The best way I found was to detach the skirt from the bodice, and cut the back and side back bodice open,  then resew the seams with large seam allowances, serge everything nice and tidy, and then re-pleat and reattach the skirt. Last year I had opened the back seam up to do this, this year I took in the side backs. I did not bother to separate the lining and the bodice and do them separately, because the grommets made this impossible. I also knew, this dress is on its last leg of life.
Overall, the inside is tidy. I made this dress back eons ago, when I was still learning to sew, so the lining does not match up perfectly, but you can see the clean finish. 

I sewed some very expensive french lace I had on hand, temporarily on the hem.
The idea is, I  will remove the lace from this dress when the dress goes into storage again. I plan to use this lace on my wedding dress someday!
(outside view)

I used rough, basting stitches to attach the lace,  and folded all the excess lace on the inside, so I would not have to cut it! That would be a shame!
(inside view)

  Here is what it looks like in natural sunlight!
 And a chain belt to complete the dress as well. 
You can also notice the unusual gold sleeves in this shot!

Here is a final picture of me in my room after I made the wreathe to finish off the costume!
I was really happy with the outcome! I like this dress more and more every time I rework it!
Somethings just get better as time goes on!
I do hope you enjoyed this post!
Give me a comment and tell me what you think!

So, what have you all been up to? Any harvest festivals or bonfires?
Did anyone ever attend the Houston Ren Faire?
Let me know!

 (and Serendipity from the Clan Tinker show! It was awesome!) 

1 comment:

  1. Lexi...you look lovely in your dress! What a wonderful job you did of sewing it...so beautifully old fashioned...I love it! And oh! Scarborough Fair is probably one of my most favourite songs...I especially love it sung by Hailey Westenra from Celtic Women!
    Blessings to you...have a lovely Wednesday!