Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ren fest costume!

I went to the Renaissance the second weekend of this month with my friend Sophie. It was awesome! Unfortunately, I never did get a chance to make a costume from Prince Caspian like I'd been hoping, but I improvised with what I had to make my outfit. While Sophie was at school the week before we went (I was staying with her for a mini vacation), I made this dress out of a couple twin-sized bottom sheets. I'd meant to grab the larger size topsheets, but I made do quite well.

The white chemise was extremely simple-- I make it huge and then gathered the neckline with elastic. The sleeves are also extra large, gathered at the top to fit the armhole, and gathered at the bottom with elastic. When pushed up to my elbows, it poofs out over, creating an awesome look. The skirt wasn't very full, but since it was just an underskirt, it was okay in appearances-- just annoying to the wearer. :)

The over dress was loosely based on a bodice Sophie'd purchased at the festival a few years back. I made it smaller, lengthened it for the skirt, and added only two bones, on either side of the lacing. The fit is pretty good, but I do need to correct the back. It worked perfectly for the day, though, although my footwear (black and white polkadotted converse...) was probably not appropriate. :P

Epic action shot!!
I wish we'd remembered out cameras-- and as of yet I do not have a photo of Sophie's costume, but I can describe it because it was awesome. She went as a faerie, and we made wings with coathangers, tights and ribbon using the tutorial at Threadbanger. She put her bodice over a poofy sleeved shirt (styled much like my chemise) and a tie-skirt for her underskirt. The overskirt was a cloth belt we pinned a billion scarves and fabric scraps to, making it very full and poofy. She had the best ideas for the costume, it was awesome. I'll bug her about sending me pictures, how does that sound??
I'll be posting every-day wear soon, so keep checking back!


  1. Agh! Do my eyes deceive me?!? You BLOGGED! Yay! (Sorry, I had to give you a hard time about that..:) Anyway, I am very excited. How do you manage to make such awesome costumes out of sheet, twin or otherwise? When I think of 'sheet costumes' the mental picture of you draped in a sheet like a ghost comes to mind. But no, your costume is lovely, and I'm sure it was perfect for the Ren fest. Someday, when I visit your wonderful state, you will have to show me the trick to making costumes (using no pattern)that actually fit in a flattering way! *insert longing sigh* I wish I had half of your sewing talent.
    Well, if this comment doesn't inspire you to post at least once every few weeks, I need to work on my flattery! Hehe. Hugs!
    <3 Me, your nagging buddy. <3

  2. Dana, dear! You, as usual, are far too flattering. My ego is HUGE right now! Bad addie, pride is bad! :P I'll teach you how to make up patterns, you just figure out how to get your butt down here!! Haha, thank you so much for the kind words, and I'll definitely be blogging much more now that I remembered what it was like to have such an inflated ego. (Kidding! I'll still blog more, though,of course!)

    I love you!!

    P.S. I'll do a little nagging of my own... know you want to...


  3. I love the dress! I too wear nontraditional shoes with my costume :)

  4. Yay! A fellow sheet wearer! :)
    It looks lovely, and I'm jealous of that chemise...


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