Renaissance Faire Wedding

By Phyllis Irene Radford

My nephews consider me the Auntie Mame of the Universe.  #2 Nephew is my godson and takes after me more than anyone else in the famdamily.  He recently got engaged and is planning a Renaissance Faire Wedding.  Justified since he and his bride met at the local Ren Fest and most of their friends hang out with them there, every weekend from April through October.

So, I get to play dress up again, this time with a grand excuse.  So here’s what I have so far.

This is the shift that Sara made

So Phyl could borrow it for the Ren Faire wedding.

Looks pretty primitive and plain doesn’t it.

And this is the bodice that Sara made

To go with the shift

That Phyl borrowed for the Ren Faire wedding.

See the bodice is reversible, blue for the wedding and brown for the Ren Faire visit the following weekend.  It will be laced tightly like a corset.

And this is the fabric that Phyl bought

To make a skirt

To go with the shift and bodice

That Sara made.

As you can see, the fabric is a little bright and a bit on the green side of blue to blend nicely with the bodice.  I soaked it in bleach then in tea water.  Crappy iPod camera doesn’t show much difference, but the browning down of the fabric in reality is much better.

More details on the making of the skirt and the wearing of the costume when I have them.

Phyllis Irene Radford is a founding member of the Book View Café.  Though raised in the seaports of America she was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived in and around the city since her junior year in high school.  She thrives in the damp and loves the tall trees.

For more about her and her fiction please visit her bookshelf here on BVC

Or her personal web page


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.

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