Friday, September 19, 2014

Old Favorites

I've gotten to wear a lot of new things this year but sometimes it's nice to break out an old favorite! This grey wool kirtle is comfortable and fun to wear and I just love it!

It might not be the most flashy outfit but sometimes you don't want to be flashy.

I also wore my faux fur partlet. My husband thinks it looks a bit silly but it's nice and warm.

The drape of the wool is fabulous and the skirt is super swishy! The pleating plus my own natural bum padding gives a rather fashionable shape to the skirt.

Some sass taking off the partlet! I guess this would go under the heading of Elizabethan pin-up. ;)

People wore a lot more clothes in the 16th century than we do now! I know they were in a mini ice age and in England but it does take a bit of getting used to. I really still needed to wear a pair of sleeves but I don't really have a good pair of sleeves that matches this outfit yet.

 Everyone was bundled up in capes and fur this weekend! I'm sure it will get colder before the end of the season but it was still quite chilly in the morning.

This past weekend was the annual camping trip we take with our friends and we got to hang with them at the faire all weekend! It is so much more fun to go in a large group! 

We worked on making sure we got around to seeing all of the shows we hadn't seen yet this year. There really is so much to do that you can't see it all in one day. Plus, some of the performers don't do the same show every time they perform so there's even more to see.

Alas, we won't get to go back for a few weekends. We got some weddings coming up and we'll be busy busy busy. Hopefully, this will mean some more vintage outfit posts over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dressing your feet for fall

Fall is coming! That means that it's time for flip flops and sandals to go into hibernation for the winter. Don't neglect your feet this fall! Let's enjoy some great shoes!

Say bye by to peep toes and hello to closed toe beauties like these! Brown and black are great neutrals that will match so much in your wardrobe.

For unfavorable weather, rain boots are a must! Traditional galoshes are a great option if you can't find the vintage, over the shoe boot.

I love these great basic shoes! Labeled "college heels" they're practical, comfortable and menswear inspired. Perfect for your collegiate look this fall.

You can't go wrong with a great pair of pumps. Pair them with stockings for an instant chic and extra warmth factor.

For a more casual look, slip on a pair of saddle shoes. They also look so cute with socks.

If outdoor activities are your favorite part of fall, a pair of lace up boots are a must! 

What footwear are you looking forward to for fall?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Good English Weather

This weekend, we had some good English weather for faire! It was chilly and gray, although, it didn't rain, thankfully. So I got to wear some of my cold weather costumes!

I decided to wear my fitted English gown on Saturday when it was going to be chillier. It was so fun to wear!

I planned on wearing a pair of plain black gloves but I forgot them. The pocket slits don't actually have pockets but I could still tuck my hands in them to keep cozy!

Plus I got to wear my pocket! It's quite handy for stowing all of my modern bits while in costume.

It was pirate weekend! Arrrr! There were a lot of great pirate costumes around this weekend!

 With it being pirate weekend, we just had to see the pirate stunt show! I adored last year's stunt show because they threw in some Shakespeare references. This year was also excellent.

There were duels to the death, swash bucking action and quite a bit of laughter.

 Some of the non-pirate cast members also got into the spirit of the weekend!

Stay tuned for more costuming adventures coming later this week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall: 1940s Style

Fall is coming! I'm so excited for 60F weather this weekend!!! I'm still planning on some 30s projects for fall but I'd love to add some 1940s pieces to the sewing list too! Here are some patterns that I'd love to find in my stash for fall!

I love the color blocking on this cute dress! It's very practical but the color blocking gives it just enough pop. This would be a great pattern to use if you wanted to wear a color that doesn't usually look good on you. Use that color on the body of the dress and do the contrast by your face in a more flattering color.

Corduroy bomber jackets are so chic! I've got to finish up my knitted bomber jacket to wear this fall!

Wool skirts in a plaid or tweed are the perfect separates for fall. Line them or wear with slip to prevent the itch factor of wool.

I just adore the gathering details on this dress. It would look amazing in jewel tones. For fall, 3/4 length sleeves are perfect. Add a pair of longer gloves for instant cool factor.

And you can't go wrong with a great suit! They look so fabulous when worn together but you can also mix and match the pieces for even more great outfits. Also, I want those hats!

What are your favorite fall pieces?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wearing History for All!

I've been a huge fan of Wearing History Patterns for years! And I'm proud to announce that the proprietress Lauren is launching a line of clothing. Right now, she's running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the initial costs of production.

The Maisie Dress has that look of separates and features a great music novelty print designed just for this line!

The Victoria dress is the perfect everyday vintage dress! Dress it up or dress it down, I guarantee you'll reach for it again and again.

The line also features some great separates like the Norma Jean Blouse paired here with the Smooth Sailing Trousers.

The last piece is the Ruthie blouse in the same dotted chambray as the Victoria Dress.

As part of the Kickstarter campaign, you can pre-order any of these beauties. There are also some other pledge rewards including a scarf in the music print, a Wearing History tote bag and deals on e-patterns! Please consider pledging towards this project so we can all have Wearing History pretties!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Major Fail

It's easy to be overawed by sewing feats created by great seamstresses. But sometimes well all have major fails. And today, that major fail belongs to me.

I've been working on my Italian striped dress. I posted some trim anxiety on Facebook and Instagram earlier this week. Eventually, I decided to purchase some thinner, green ribbon to do the trim with instead of the wider black ribbon I originally purchased. And I'm quite happy with the switch.

I got cocky and didn't try the dress on till this weekend. (Also lazy because getting yourself into a side back lacing dress alone is a pain in the butt.) And it's about 2 inches too small. I measured and it's 1/2" smaller than my support layer. Eeep! After you add wearing ease (plus my waist usually gapes a bit on the support layer), it's just not going to happen.

Luckily, I had enough fabric to remake the back piece. I'll have to start from scratch, remove the trim, take the back piece off, make a slew of all new eyelets and sew everything back together. In the end, I know I'll be happier especially since the old back had the trim going over a pair of eyelets. But it's going to be so much work!

To give myself a pick me up, I did a bit of retail therapy at the Ren Fest this weekend.

I purchased this pretty pearl necklace for costuming! 

I also picked up this cute ring! It's hard to find a period appropriate ring. I really wanted a gold ring but I'm pretty happy with this one.

 And the last bit of costuming fabulousness is Patterns of Fashion 3 by Janet Arnold. I have a serious case of must sew all of the things right now!!!!!! I have plenty WIPs to finish first.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

HSF#17: Yellow

This was a surprisingly difficult challenge considering the fact that I love yellow! Originally, I did have a yellow UFO that I was saving for this challenge but I decided it was a wadder. I had so many Elizabethan projects to do before the end of the faire that I didn't think I'd have any time to do anything.

But then the weekend before faire, I decided that I needed a new petticoat since I turned my last one into a bodied petticoat.

So I scurried off to Jo-Anns for some linen. Originally, I was eying some lovely green linen rayon but then I spied this golden yellow color and I knew it was meant to be!

The Challenge: Yellow
Fabric: 3 yds linen/rayon
Pattern: none-it's just a rectangle pleated to a waistband
Year: late 1500s
Notions: thread, hook and eye
How historically accurate is it? the rayon part not so much, but otherwise pretty good.
Hours to complete: 3 hrs
First worn: September 2014 to the renaissance festival
Total cost: ~$20

Now, you may have noticed that I'm wearing the petticoat on the outside, which is definitely not where it is supposed to be.

Originally, I was wearing it under my bodied petticoat but the bulk of the waistband was too uncomfortable so I decided to layer it on top.

So really, I'm missing a lot of layers in this outfit but it's faire and I was still one of the most historically accurate people there.

And maybe next time I will wear it as an actual petticoat!