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 http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Phyllis-Irene-Radford/
Or her personal web page ireneradford.com